Facebook unveiled a brand new interface last year and has been slowly seeding it out to users – but not without the option to revert to the classic style if preferred. According to a newly updated Facebook support page though, that's all about to change. From next month, all users are stuck with the new Facebook layout whether they like it or not (and it seems there are quite a few in the latter camp).
Announced at 2019's Facebook F8 conference, the new interface is the platform's biggest redesign in a decade. Gone is the signature blue navigation bar, in favour of a much more minimal, white design (above) – or black if you opt for the brand new dark mode. It's certainly a cleaner look, but if you're not a fan of the design, it seems Facebook's answer will soon be 'tough luck'. (If you're looking for web design inspiration, check out our best website mockups.)
If you're currently using the new layout and want to make the most of classic Facebook before it disappears into the ether, you can revert back to it by clicking the arrow in the top right of the screen and selecting 'Switch to Classic Facebook'. But the support page detailing these instructions has now been updated with an extra caveat: "Starting in September, everyone will have the new design".
While we appreciate the contemporary cleanness of the new design (and we're certainly fans of dark mode – here's how to activate it on desktop), we can't help but feel the whole thing was designed mainly with mobile in mind. With its huge images, focus on Stories and abundance of plain white space, the desktop experience can feel like staring at an enormous, stretched smartphone UI. Facebook calls the design "wider and more immersive" in a message greeting first-time users of the new layout (above), but it seems many aren't impressed:
'Classic @Facebook is going away soon! We've replaced it with Awful Facebook! Optimised for people who like migraines and who still haven't cut their racist aunties out of their lives.'August 20, 2020
So Facebook has a new look & they wanted to know why I switched back to classic. 🤷♀️😏 pic.twitter.com/lsyoW07MELAugust 20, 2020
Oh my god, the new Facebook looks awful and they're removing classic mode in September. Why do you guys make such shit decisions?August 19, 2020
Good grief!!! What the hell have they done to @Facebook now?! Why can't we just choose to keep using the classic layout instead of the horrible new one?!August 20, 2020
While Facebook hasn't said exactly when the Classic UI will disappear, with just a week to go until September, it's probably time start saying goodbye to the blue bar. And if the change is enough to make you jump ship to Instagram for good (though don't forget that Facebook now owns Insta, too), there are plenty of tricks to make that profile look exactly how you want it to – check out 10 must-know Instagram tips for creatives.