WhatsApp beta and Facebook get dark mode on Android

WhatsApp recently started rolling out the much-awaited dark mode feature for Android users. Currently, the new feature has only been enabled for the users of the beta version of the app. However, it does indicate that WhatsApp is all set to release the same to the public version of the application for its Android users. Soon after WhatsApp, parent company Facebook has also released the dark mode feature for its Android users. Several users of the app have reported that they have received the option to dim the lights on their Facebook app, and we can expect the same to be available to all users in the near future.

WhatsApp’s beta users have finally received the dark mode feature

Talking about WhatsApp first, the dark mode feature has appeared in the Android beta version 2.20.13. If you are part of the WhatsApp beta program, head over to Google Play Store and update the app to its latest iteration. After updating, you can switch to the dark mode by going to the settings of the app. Go to Settings > Chats and Theme. Then you will have three options including Set by Battery Saver, Light, and Dark. Tapping on Dark will turn on the new mode, which you can use to soothe your eyes while chatting at night. When the dark mode is enabled, the chat windows in the app will have a dark background and you will see the chat bubbles in a dark green hue.

Facebook dark mode (Image credit: Android Police)

As for Facebook, the social networking giant has been testing the dark mode feature on its Android app since November last year. The functionality was available to some users as an early access option. Now, the company seems to be planning to release the new feature to a large pool of users, as many users have reportedly received it. It’s worth mentioning that the dark mode for Facebook is still a work in progress as the app turns light from dark randomly or in some tabs, suggests a report by Android Police.

We will inform you as soon as WhatsApp takes the dark mode feature from the beta version to the stable build. As for Facebook, the company is expected to iron out the new function and release it to more users in the near future.


Akshay Kumar

Akshay aka TechAkko has been writing about phones and other consumer electronic products since 2011. He has a special interest in smartphones, games and outer space, and you will always find him crawling the web for new and fascinating information for the same. When he wants a break from the digital world, he enjoys spending time in the peaceful environment of the Himalayas.