WhatsApp dark mode finally available
Facebook has owned WhatsApp, this week they launched its ‘dark’ theme, the much-awaited new feature. In a world where most apps now offer a dark mode, WhatsApp was one of the holdouts, despite being used by more than a billion people globally. Apart from being easier on the eyes in low-light environments, a dark mode would also be useful in extending battery life of your device if it features an OLED display panel.
In a beta build for Android, the company has introduced the dark theme within settings. To use the feature, you will need to install the Android beta via the Google Play Beta testing programme. If you’re unable to register for the beta programme, another method is sideloading the latest beta via other direct download servers. The feature was first spotted this week in v2.20.13, but dark mode can be observed in later beta builds as well such as v2.20.19.
We can expect WhatsApp dark mode to make its way to the stable Android app soon, apart from the iPhone app soon, and WhatsApp for Web. To use the feature in the previously mentioned Android beta builds, you’ll need to visit Settings > Chats > Display > Theme. Here, you will find three options System Default, Light, and Dark.
The first, System Default, will switch between light and dark themes depending on what your current system-wide setting is on Android 10.