Facebook is rolling out a new look. They’re calling the old version Classic Facebook and the updated version New Facebook. Here’s how to switch between them.
SHORTCUT(UPDATED 25TH SEPT 2020) – Use this Chrome extension – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/switch-to-classic-design/oancckmjgaoejmbedngcoiakblhacbog
Works perfectly even when there is no switch button and it doesn’t let Facebook to revert it back to the new layout.
UPDATE: An increasing number of users have reported that they no longer see the options to switch between the interfaces below. Facebook usually rolls out changes to some users at a time. At the time of writing, I’m still seeing the options to switch between Classic and the new versions on my account, but it’s possible that Facebook has already removed the options from your account.
In mid-2020, Facebook started rolling out a new, updated look to Facebook.com to bring it closer in line with the mobile version. Mark Zuckerberg announced the change a year earlier, but they took their time rolling it out. But it’s now being rolled out in stages.
Facebook is calling the old version Classic Facebook and the updated version New Facebook. At least on some screens, it’s still referred to as “Facebook Beta.”
As with most Facebook updates, it’s being rolled out gradually. And Facebook knows as well as anyone that change can be controversial. Many users don’t like the new version, and there seem to be some significant features missing so far (hopefully, they’ll be added back sooner rather than later). To ease the transition and provide a workaround if you run into any glitches or missing features, Facebook added a function to let you switch between New Facebook and Classic Facebook.
How to Switch from Classic Facebook to New Facebook
First, click on the small white down triangle at the top right of the blue bar at top.Then choose Switch to New Facebook.
How to Switch from New Facebook to Classic Facebook
AS it usually does, Facebook is rolling out the switchover to New Facebook incrementally to some users at a time. I don’t know what criteria is used to determine who gets switched over when.
This is the welcome message that should show up when you’ve been switched over the New Facebook automatically. When you hit Next, you get to choose between the Light and Dark themes.
Many users have been reporting that they’ve been switched over automatically and the option to switch back to Classic Facebook no longer appears for them. As of the time of writing, the option is still available on my account.
This popup appears in some cases, reading: “You can switch to the classic Facebook at any time.” But many users report that this option to switch back no longer appears when they log into their accounts.
Click on the small dark blue triangle at the top right (it’s surrounded by a light blue circle).
Then click on the Switch to Classic Facebook option.
Things Worth Knowing
It’s worth pointing out that switching these affects how you see Facebook.com. It doesn’t affect how others see it. So you can’t force visitors to see only the New Facebook version, for instance–it’ll depend on what setting they’re using for their viewing.
It’s also worth pointing out that this is a temporary feature. At some point, they’ll flick the switch for everyone and there won’t be an option to go back to Classic Facebook.