Facebook owned Whatsapp has finally shown green light to darkness and rolled out the all new WhatsApp Dark Mode on both mobile operating systems – iOS and Android for everyone. Previously, it was only available for a select group of testers and can be enabled via Open Whatsapp –>Goto Settings–> Chat –> Themes –> Choose from Light, DARK, System Default. When you switch to the WhatsApp dark theme, you will be amazed to see mostly pure black coloured elements on iOS devices and a darker gray coloured elements on Android – it should reach your phone in the coming days in a new WhatsApp update.
This major improvement in WhatsApp dark mode has been tweaked by Facebook to make sure it lowers the brightness of a smartphone display. “During testing we found that combining pure black and white creates high contrast that can lead to eye fatigue,” explains a WhatsApp spokesperson. “So instead, you’ll notice a special dark gray background and off-white color that lowers the brightness of the screen, cuts down the glare, and improves contrast and readability.”
Facebook Finally Says Hello To Darkness
The team of WhatsApp acknowledged this long-awaited feature in a launch video (above) with lots of people squinting into their phones. Catch a quick glimpse of darkness in this short video, entitled “Hello Darkness,” which includes a previously unreleased version of “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon.
WhatsApp Dark Mode Is Here for Everyone & Here’s How You Can Get it
After numerous unconfirmed sightings, leaks, rumours and beta updates, WhatsApp has confirmed the WhatsApp Dark Mode which has been specially aimed to reduce eye fatigue on both Android and iPhone devices by cutting down the glare while improving contrast and readability by showing a dark grey background along with elements in an off-white colour.
Facebook team has make a smart move by making an optimum use of a pure black and white colour scheme that is closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively. Also, WhatsApp said that when designing dark mode, the team focused on Information Hierarchy to help users to focus their attention on each screen by using color and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out.
Whatsapp has undergone many changes since it was acquired by Facebook for approximately 19 billion USD. From introduction of payment services to Dark theme to message recall feature, WhatsApp ( under the guidance of Facebook) has truly shown that over time it can adapt according to the needs and likes of the general population and is indeed a survivor. To top it all, in India it is still free to use. WhatsApp is notably not the first app to bring a dedicated dark mode. Apps such as Twitter, Gmail, and Facebook’s Instagram have a similar experience for a while.
To enable dark mode theme
– On all iPhones running on iOS 13:
1) head to the App store first, and update the WhatsApp app.
2) After installing, the update you should head to the phone Settings options.
3) Scroll down to Display & Brightness option, and tap on dark mode.
– On smartphones running on Android 10:
1) head to the Google Play store and update the application first.
2) Wait for an update if you haven’t received it. “Update” option may be available next to the app. Click on it.
3) Make sure your device is connected to a WiFi network before installing the update.
– From here you can choose from the following options:
1) Dark: Turn dark mode on.
2) Light: Turn dark mode off.
3) System default: Enable WhatsApp dark mode to match your device settings. Go to device Settings > Display > turn Dark theme on or off.
For beginners, Whatsapp is an application through which users can share almost anything which includes messages, photos, videos, audios, PDF, documents and even location in real time. It only requires a live internet connection and GPS if location sharing is enabled. One can also do a video chat with anyone in the world having Whatsapp on their phone and they would only require a live internet via cellular or Wi-Fi.
If someone is pestering you or sending you unnecessary marketing messages via WhatsApp then you can block that user too on WhatsApp. Also, the user has the choice as to who can see his/her status or profile picture, and most importantly the user can also take a full backup of all the chats including photos,videos etc on Google drive via an inbuilt functionality in WhatsApp.
Lastly, Facebook has shown the world that it is here to stay for a long long time by acquiring giants like WhatsApp and Instagram. At one time WhatsApp was serious competitor of Facebook and was also tipped to drive out it’s competition in Oblivion. But we all know that instead of that, the reverse happened and Facebook came to be on top of it’s competition.
All users are recommended to check their app stores for the latest app version, and update the app accordingly. Users in the beta cycle of WhatsApp on both Android and iOS should have already had the dark mode option present in their apps.