Facebook’s old web design will disappear in September 2020

 

Facebook’s “classic” experience, the interface with the iconic blue navigation bar at the top, is disappearing for good in September. A Facebook support page has been updated saying everyone will soon have the new design. Although you can temporarily switch back to the old interface on Facebook’s site, the button warns that “the classic Facebook will no longer be available starting in September 2020.”

The new design was announced at the 2019 Facebook’s developer conference, and initially rolled out on the service’s iOS and Android apps. In March 2020 it got a widespread release on desktop as an opt-in feature, leaving people free to continue using the old design if they want to. Come September 2020, however, the old design will disappear for good.

The new interface is a big change from what Facebook has used for most of its existence. It’s a lot cleaner, includes a lot more white space, and there’s also a dark mode for people who are into that sort of thing. Functionally, it also places a bigger focus on the service’s Groups features, as well as prominently displaying links to Facebook’s Watch, Marketplace, and Gaming sections in its top navigation bar.

It’s a much-needed update compared to the current cluttered look, but it’s hard to see it bringing back any Facebook users who’ve abandoned the service in recent years.