Dark mode for WhatsApp is finally official for both Android and iPhone devices! Unlike offering a pure black and white colour scheme, WhatsApp has designed a dark grey background along with elements in an off-white colour to cut down the glare and improve contrast and readability. Users on Android 10 and iOS 13 will be able to experience WhatsApp Dark mode by enabling the dark mode from the system settings of their devices. However, users on older Android and iOS versions will be required to manually enable dark mode by going through the theme preferences of the WhatsApp app.
The aim of Dark mode on WhatsApp is to minimise eye fatigue and “use colours that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively” rather than showing pure black and white colour tones.
The key objective that the company wanted to achieve was to help users focus their attention on each screen on WhatsApp when using the Dark mode.
WhatsApp users on Android 10 and iOS 13 will be able use the newly added dark mode by switching to the system-wide dark mode from the device settings. On Android 9 Pie and earlier versions, the new experience will be enabled by going to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Theme > Dark. It is, however, worth pointing out that the new experience won’t be provided to iPhone users on an iOS version prior to iOS 13.
The dark mode on WhatsApp is rolling out to all eligible users in the coming days through the latest version of WhatsApp.