The long awaited WhatsApp Dark mode is finally available for Android and iOS users worldwide. The update was released on Tuesday night and is rolling out in a phased manner. This means if you haven’t received the update yet wait for some time. But it will surely reach soon very soon. We updated the WhatsApp mobile app and received the Dark mode and here’s a step-by-step process on how you can enable or get the feature on your smartphone.
How to enable WhatsApp Dark mode on Android
Users with phones running on Android 10 can head to the Google Play store and update the application first. If you haven’t received the update yet wait for it. WhatsApp said that the roll out is happening in a phased manner. For users you can see an “Update” option next to the app click on it. Ensure to connect your phone to a WiFi network before installing the update.
You can then head to the phone Settings options, scroll down to Display & Brightness option, and tap of Dark mode. For phones running on Android 10 and iOS 13, this is a system wide update, meaning there is no separate setting in WhatsApp to turn on Dark Mode. If your system setting is at Dark Mode, then WhatsApp will also switch to that mode.
For users with phones running on Android 9 and below, they have a different option. They can go into WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Theme > select ‘Dark’ option. This process should be followed after the app has been updated in the Play store. Restart the app, and you will see the Dark them has been applied.
How to enable WhatsApp Dark mode on iPhone
All iPhones running on iOS 13 will get this update.
Similar to Android, iPhone users should also head to the App store first, and update the WhatsApp app.
After installing, the update you should head to the phone Settings options.
Scroll down to Display & Brightness option, and tap on Dark mode.
WhatsApp Dark mode: How is it useful
According to Indian Express apart from improving readability, WhatsApp’s Dark mode is said to ensure the most important information stands out using a combination of colours and other design elements. The messaging app said it has used colours that are closer to system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively, which helped it choose colours that will minimise eye fatigue.
WhatsApp said in a blog post that the “most requested” Dark mode is now rolling out to WhatsApp users across the globe, finally. Dark mode essentially reduces strain on eyes, especially in low light environments as the setting reduces the amount of light emitted by devices. Another advantage is it helps save battery on smartphones.
“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,” Whatsapp’s post reads.