For the last few months, WhatsApp has been working on dark mode for its messaging platform. Earlier, this January, it rolled out the feature for beta version users of the app. Now, the Facebook-owned company is officially releasing the feature for all Android and iOS devices. The app will automatically switch to dark mode if the system-wide feature is activated on Apple and Android devices running on iOS 13 and Android 10 respectively. Devices running on previous versions of the operating systems will have to manually enable the dark theme for WhatsApp from the app settings. Users can go to Settings options > Tap on chats > Tap on display and select Theme option > Choose Dark theme to enable it.
WhatsApp says that the dark mode is “designed to reduce eye strain in low light environments”. The company aims to prevent awkward moments where the user’s phone lights up the room in dark. WhatsApp has shared a short video titled ‘Hello Darkness’ featuring an unreleased version of ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Paul Simon. A 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 colour that lowers the brightness of the screen, cuts down the glare, and improves contrast and readability.” The messaging platform has used colour and design elements to make sure the most important information stands out. The messaging app on iOS 13 is purely dark, while the one for Android 10 has a dark grey shade.
The WhatsApp dark mode feature is rolling out to the latest version of WhatsApp in the coming days. In other news, WhatsApp is reportedly working on password-protected Google Drive backups to protect user messages and media on Google Drive.