After months of testing in Beta, WhatsApp has finally launched the dark mode in the stable version of the app on both Android as well as on iOS. If you already have dark mode enabled at the system level on iOS 13 or Android 10, then WhatsApp will automatically switch over. In case, if you are running on Android 9 or below, you can simply enable a new dark theme in the WhatsApp settings menu.
Facebook has tweaked its WhatsApp dark mode to ensure it lowers the brightness of a phone display. “During testing, we found that combining pure black and white creates high contrast that can lead to eye fatigue,” explains a WhatsApp spokesperson. “So instead, you’ll notice a special dark gray background and off-white color that lowers the brightness of the screen, cuts down the glare and improves contrast and readability.”
WhatsApp dark mode will be purely dark on the iOS devices and a darker gray on Android. It is one of the most awaited features for which WhatsApp users have been waiting for long. With the launch of a dark mode on WhatsApp, the company also released a short video, entitled “Hello Darkness,” which includes a previously unreleased version of “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon.
The dark mode on WhatsApp is now available for everyone. You can download the latest WhatsApp update from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to get the new dark mode option. In case, if you don’t know how to enable dark mode on Android and on iOS, you can go through the guide below.
How to Enable WhatsApp Dark Mode on Your Phone
Since this feature is rolling out gradually, there is a finite probability that you might not see the dark mode option. But in case, if you have got or updated your app, follow these steps to enable the dark mode.
- Go to Settings option
- Tap on Chats
- In Chats, tap on Display
- After tapping on Display, you will be able to see Theme
- Choose Dark Theme to enable it
Additionally, there are also two important themes available for Android users. The Dark Theme is already discussed. Let’s look at the other themes available:
Light theme: It’s the usual white theme that you have always used in these years.
Set by Battery Saver: Available on Android 9 and lower OS versions, the setting allows you to automatically switch to light/dark theme, according to your Battery Saver settings. Once the settings are enabled, simply restart the phone and you will see a dark WhatsApp splash screen.
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