Following numerous tests and speculation, dark mode is now available on WhatsApp for Android and iOS. The feature offers a fresh look on a familiar experience and is designed to reduce eye strain in low light environments.
According to the company, design of the WhatsApp dark mode focused on two points: Readability and Information Hierarchy. Basically, choosing colors should not cause eye fatigue but rather employ colors that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.
Also, the new feature should help users easily focus their attention on each screen. WhatsApp uses color and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out.
Users on Android 10 and iOS 13 can use dark mode by enabling it in system settings.
How to activate WhatsApp dark mode on Android
Simply open WhatsApp, tap More options, select Settings, then Chats, and go to Theme. Then, select from either: Dark to turn dark mode on; Light to turn dark mode off; or System default to enable the dark mode to match your device settings. Here, go to device Settings then to Display and then turn Dark theme on or off.
Users on Android 9 and below can go into WhatsApp Settings, select Chats, then Theme, after which select ‘Dark’.
How to activate WhatsApp dark mode on iOS
On your iPhone, go to iPhone Settings and then tap Display & Brightness. Select from the following options under APPEARANCE: Dark to turn dark mode on or Light to turn dark mode off.