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Facebook is trying to improve the one-handed experience on its Android app via a bottom bar

Facebook logo on a Pixel 4 XL
Facebook logo on a Pixel 4 XL (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Facebook is testing a new UI for its Android app.
  • The redesign moves the tabs bar to the bottom of the app, as a way of improving one-handed usage.
  • Server-side updates are triggering the change, so you might not see it on your device.

In a world where phone screens are not only becoming larger but also longer, many companies have had to take another look at the design of their apps. Playing digital (I'm talking about your fingers here) gymnastics with your phone as you seek to pull out that menu or tap on that button is quite the annoyance, and Facebook, it seems, is finally starting to give a damn.

Facebook For Android Bottom Tab

Source: Some_Random_Username on the XDA Forums (Image credit: Source: Some_Random_Username on the XDA Forums)

As XDA Developers reports, the company has been rolling out limited tests of a redesign to its Android app that moves the top navigation bar (this contains the Feed, Groups, Friends, and other tabs) to the bottom. It's a move that's already been implemented by many other apps, so it's nice to see Facebook finally catching on.

And while some members of the Android Central team were able to confirm the change on their own devices, it seems the update is being triggered server-side, as the company soon disabled the new UI, and their phones went back to the old design later in the day.

Clearly, this is still very much an experimental feature, though hopefully, Facebook is able to collect all the data it needs soon so that it can finally make the change official and give our hands a bit of a rest.

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10 Comments
  • It was there last night, good this morning...
  • Damn it I'm still waiting for dark mode (AMOLED)mode....
  • Same here, what's the holdup?
  • The feature is dubbed "holiday pic mode".
  • Ok, Mine has been on the bottom for months now.
  • And now it's back on the top, make up our minds Facebook!!!
  • Mine was on the bottom for a few hours last night, but reverted back to normal by the time I went to bed and is still on top this AM. I much prefer it on top; the way I hold my phone means accidental touches are way too easy with the bar on the bottom.
  • 'The one-handed experience'?!
  • You need at least one hand to drive safe.
  • I had this for months. Thought everyone had this