Whatsapp has officially announced the Dark Mode feature on its messaging app for Android and iOS, the beta version was in January, and now Whatsapp Dark Mode has finally rolled out to all Android and iOS users.
The Dark Mode for Whatsapp has been in the works for iOS for more than a year, but since it is now roll out on Android and iOS, you can now choose from light or dark theme.
Well, Facebook saying hello to Dark Mode has been seen coming, its a long-awaited feature on Whatsapp. Eventually, the company did not make the dark theme as pure black available in some apps, but more like a dark gray.
It allows your chats to appear with a dark background, and your messages are shown in green bubbles. You can no longer squint your eyes to either chat on Whatsapp, Telegram, or browse through Twitter, Instagram and others.
Now your chats color on Whatsapp will now be off-white color, in a dark gray background. WhatsApp spokesperson said “During testing, we found that combining pure black and white creates high contrast that can lead to eye fatigue,”
“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.”
Like Netflix, whenever you open your Whatsapp from Facebook, it lowers the brightness of a phone display. On their official WhatsApp blog, the company said that when designing dark mode it spent time researching and experimenting with a focus on two particular areas:
“Readability: When choosing colors, we wanted to minimize eye fatigue and use colors that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.”
“Information Hierarchy: We wanted to help users easily focus their attention on each screen. We did this by using color and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out.”
How to update to Whatsapp Dark Mode
You don’t have to upgrade to Android 10 or purchase a new phone that runs on Android 10 to get started with Dark Mode for Whatsapp. Instead, users on Android 10 and iOS 13 can use dark mode by enabling it in system settings.
If you already have dark mode enabled at the system level on iOS 13 or Android 10, then the messaging app will automatically switch over. Meanwhile, Android 9 users can simply enable a new dark theme in the WhatsApp settings menu.
While Android 9 users and below can go into WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Theme > select ‘Dark’. Note that the WhatsApp for iOS v2.20.303 update also brings new search options that allow you to filter by author and content type.