WhatsApp. It’s a Facebook-owned chat client with more than 5 billion installs on Android and has been quite stubbornly behind the curve on bringing on a dark mode of some sort. The first hint of it came in 2018, then came a couple more signalslast year, but it’s now 2020 and we’ve still had no reason to pull out our Simon & Garfunkel jokes. Well, good news at last: the latest beta will finally let you give dark mode a spin
The latest beta update of WhatsApp for Android has finally added a native Dark mode to the app. The feature has been under development for over a year now and WhatsApp has taken its own sweet time in rolling it out to beta testers.
If you are on the WhatsApp for Android beta channel, make sure to update the app to get the Dark mode feature. The Dark mode toggle will only show up in WhatsApp v2.20.13 beta or higher.
You need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.20.13 Android beta update, in order to use the Dark Theme feature.
Previous updates might get the feature as well, but WhatsApp is always used to enable features in recent updates (that might contain bug fixes and improvements for the feature), so you should install the update as above mentioned.
If you have already updated to the most recent version available and you don’t see the feature, please back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp if you don’t want to wait more.
Every time you reinstall WhatsApp, the most updated configurations from the server are downloaded, enabling the feature for you.
If you have reinstalled the app and the feature persists to not be enabled, unfortunately the only thing that you can do is to wait: the feature will be automatically enabled in the next updates.
Light theme: it’s the usual white theme that you have always used in these years.
Dark theme: it’s the one that you wished to have in WhatsApp!
System default: WhatsApp identifies the theme used by your Android system (if light or dark), and sets it in WhatsApp automatically. It’s useful if you use the latest Android version (Android Q) that supports Dark theme system-wide.
Set by Battery Saver: available on Android 9 and lower versions, allows to automatically switch to light/dark theme, in according to your Battery Saver settings.
How to enable WhatsApp dark mode on Android
Step 1: Go to Settings > Display > Select theme > Dark
Step 2: Once the dark mode is turned on, go to Settings > About phone
Step 3: Scroll down to ‘Build number’ and tap on it seven times
Step 4: You will see a message pop-up saying ‘Developers options is turned on’. Tap on ‘Override force-dark’ so that you can apply the dark theme to other apps
Step 5: Dark theme is now enabled on WhatsApp but the wallpaper in chat threads still needs to be changed to enjoy the dark mode to its fullest
Step 6: Go to WhatsApp Settings > Wallpaper > None and you are good to go
For iOS phones, it is necessary that the device runs on iOS 11 or later versions.
How to enable WhatsApp dark mode on iOS
Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colours > Smart Invert
Step 2: You have now enabled dark theme across all the apps in the device
Step 3: Same as Android, you will have to choose dark or no wallpaper for WhatsApp chat threads. Go to WhatsApp Settings > Wallpaper> None
So there you have it. Whether you’re using an Android or iOS device, you can enable dark mode in WhatsApp by following the above-mentioned steps.
you will see the Theme option from where you can switch to Dark mode. You also have the option to enable Dark mode automatically depending on the system theme or when the Battery Saver mode is enabled. The latter option is only available for devices running Android 9 or higher.
For now, WhatsApp is only rolling out Dark mode for beta testers of the Android app. It is likely that a wider public rollout will happen within a few weeks.