Facebook updated with tiny text for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

The Facebook app for iPhone has been updated to support the larger screens of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but that update's had an unintended consequence: tiny text. At least it's text that appears smaller, thanks to the larger screens of the new iPhones leading to users holding the phones farther from their faces. Thanks to the update, interface items are the physical same size across the board for all iPhone models… and that means they seem awfully small on the 6 and 6 Plus.

The update to version 16.0 (we've got to have a talk about these version numbers, Facebook) doesn't seem to have brought any other notable features, though in this instance we're going to petition Facebook to build in proper support for the text size preferences that are part of iOS. It's not much to ask, because the text that was already on the small side on the iPhone 5s is getting frustratingly so for the iPhone 6 and hilariously so on the 6 Plus.

But, we'll take proper larger screen support with its sharper images and text when we can get it. In the meantime, you can grab the new update to Facebook now for free from the App Store.

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

34 Comments
  • What makes me laugh is your app isn't optimised for iPhone 6???? Please update Sent from the iMore App
  • Seriously. How long before the imore app is updated Sent from the iMore App
  • Haha seriously Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm not a fan of the tiny font, really makes it harder to use. Some of us don't have 20/20. Lazy update. They could just add native text size support like most apps do. Ridiculous.
  • This update makes it native. Before the update it was scaling. You can tell when an app isn't running native because the font on the clock at the top of the screen will scale up when you go into the app.
  • When is the iMore update coming? Sent from the iMore App
  • Wasn't there supposed to be interactive notifications with ios 8? It's "amazing" these companies doesnt realize this option to adjust font size option from the beginning. They can't see the whining coming?! Sent from the iMore App
  • IIRC, twitter messed this up similarly a while back.
  • Facebook, why you fail?
  • I kind of like it. Not bad.
  • Just updated. There is nothing wrong with the text size. You can hold it at a full arms length and still read it easily. Wish more apps would optimise their text like this. You might just need a pair of glasses.
  • I have glasses, and it's small. Not so small I can't read it, but damn.
  • I totally agree! I love the new font size. If they change it in the next update and make is bigger with no option to make it smaller I'm dropping the app completely.
  • I dropped the Facebook app a while back and use the website. I found that the website doesn't want to recognize third party keyboards like swype or SwiftKey. The posting button isn't click able until I type a space with the apple keyboard.
  • I like it. Then again, I use small fonts on just about everything I read.
  • Well it is much better then it was before the update. I'll take it for sure
  • It's really not that tiny to me. Appreciate that I can see more without having to swipe. Optimized doesn't mean tiny text. I'll take it over the bloated keyboard and fuzzy photos any day :-) Sent from the iMore App
  • Yeah iMore app update for iPhone six iOS 8 Sent from the iMore App
  • Font size seems fine to me, but I don't understand why it doesn't support Dynamic Type.
  • My font size didn't change and is perfectly fine.
  • What is the point in a high resolution screen if your just going to scale everything up? I seriously hope they don't go back to scaling. If people could read the text on their old iPhone then why are they suddenly unable to read the text after this update on their new phone? The font is the exact same size as it was on older iPhones. I guess people already got used to the scaling.
  • I like the small crisp text.
  • While I like the smaller text? In addition to the version numbers (at this rate we will have version 42 this time next year, no joke), I am irritated by the lack of details of the what the updates actually contain. Lazy. Sent from the iMore App
  • I like the new crisp text. Apps are looking so good on the iPhone 6. I can't put it down. Sent from the iMore App
  • I really hope you people aren't loud enough to make them change it back. I hated the large text and this works much better. It doesn't look like I'm holding a phone for the borderline blind anymore when I'm on Facebook.
  • I think it's good update. I like the size of the text! Looks great on the IP6+
  • The text size it's perfect on 6plus great work facebook!! Sent from the iMore App
  • I just want facebook to enable landscape view for the app...especially on the new 6+
  • I am hanging on to my Facebook 6.7.2 app (pre-circumcision of Messenger and auto-play ads) for dear life! Large text or not, doesn't matter to me.
  • While I agree that they should respect the system-wide font size settings, I don't find the text too small at all. In fact I found it quite refreshing when I updated.
  • I hate how "optimised" now means "smaller fonts". It's already happened to some of my favourite apps and I hate it !! Sent from the iMore App
  • OMG I thought I was going crazy! Who do we write.
  • I see most posting here must have young eyes.
  • I understand those wanting the small, crisp letters....but those of us who are visually impaired might prefer having the bigger font. Why not make EVERYONE happy and make it adjustable? No need in shoving MY desires down someone else's throat....or vice versa.