How to enable dark mode on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the most common social chat platforms for most people around the globe. Recently, many OEMs are enabling dark mode on their gadgets for various reasons like reducing eye strain at night, battery saving, etc. This pushes app developers on multiple platforms to make their applications support dark mode.

Many apps like Messenger, Google Chrome, YouTube, Twitter, etc., have already brought this update to enable dark mode on it, and WhatsApp is a little late to the party. But anyway, after months of testing, dark mode on WhatsApp is finally available on Android and iOS devices. In this article, we’ll show how to enable dark mode on WhatsApp, but first, we will explain what it is.

What are you getting from it?

If the dark mode is already present and enabled on iOS 13 or Android 10, then the WhatsApp dark theme will apply automatically. On Android devices, dark mode looks slightly greyish, and on iOS devices, dark mode is entirely black.

Facebook, the company that owns WhatsApp, has added dark mode to help users lower the brightness of a phone display. A WhatsApp media spokesperson said the company didn’t opt to combine pure black and white colors as this combination causes high eye fatigue. Instead, they used an off-white color and a special dark grey background that reduces the brightness of the phone’s display brings down the glare and enhances contrast.

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to use it. Also, WhatsApp dark mode is not compatible with iOS versions older than iOS 13 but is compatible with Android 9 users.

How to enable dark mode on WhatsApp on Android devices?

  1. First, update your WhatsApp to the latest software version.
  2. Then, open WhatsApp and click on the three-button menu in the top right corner.
  3. Enter into the settings menu and click on the Chats option.
  4. Next, click on the Theme option. You will be greeted with three options: Dark, Light, and System Default.
  5. Select the Dark option to enable dark mode.

How to enable dark mode on WhatsApp on iOS devices?

  1. Check your WhatsApp software version first and update it to the latest version.
  2. Then, open WhatsApp and click on the settings menu.
  3. Click on the chat option and select Theme.
  4. Select the Dark option to enable dark mode.

Note: In the WhatsApp web version, dark mode is still under testing. So, you cannot use it now, but there is an alternative solution. That is to use dark wallpaper. Let’s see how to do this.

Instructions to enable dark chat wallpaper on WhatsApp web

  1. First, open WhatsApp web from your PC browser. Open your WhatsApp on your mobile and select the WhatsApp web option, and the camera will be opened to scan the QR code already shown on your PC screen. Just scan it, and you are good to go.
  2. On the menu in the top right corner, it’s shown in the form of three dots.
  3. Open the Settings menu and click on the Chat Wallpaper option.
  4. Next, you will be offered many plain color wallpapers. Scroll down to the end, and you will see a dark black wallpaper.
  5. Select the black wallpaper, and you will see the chat background messaging and the status section of the app. This is an alternative way to get dark mode.

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