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How to get WhatsApp dark mode for iPhone and Android

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WhatsApp dark mode is finally here, and is now arriving on iPhones and Android devices around the world.

WhatsApp dark mode is a new design for the hugely popular messaging app, which swaps its traditional palette of light gray and green for darker shades that are designed to emit less glare at night. It doesn’t replace the current look, but is available as an option for anyone who wants to use it.

There are several reasons why you might want to try it. First of all, you might be among the many people who find dark backgrounds easier to look at for long periods of time, or at night. To emphasize the point, WhatsApp released a video of people wincing at bright screens (accompanied by a previously unreleased version of Paul SImon’s The Sound of Silence) to mark dark mode’s release.

WhatsApp dark mode is finally here, and is now arriving on iPhones and Android devices around the world.

WhatsApp dark mode is a new design for the hugely popular messaging app, which swaps its traditional palette of light gray and green for darker shades that are designed to emit less glare at night. It doesn’t replace the current look, but is available as an option for anyone who wants to use it.

There are several reasons why you might want to try it. First of all, you might be among the many people who find dark backgrounds easier to look at for long periods of time, or at night. To emphasize the point, WhatsApp released a video of people wincing at bright screens (accompanied by a previously unreleased version of Paul SImon’s The Sound of Silence) to mark dark mode’s release.

Darker screens also use less power (particularly if your device has an AMOLED display, as explained in the video below). Finally, it just looks cool, and makes a refreshing change from all-white interfaces. It’s always good to have more options.

How to get WhatsApp dark mode for Android

WhatsApp dark mode is rolling out right now for Android users, so you might find that you already have access. If so, activating the option is simple.

  1. Open the app menu
  2. Tap ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘Chats’
  4. Tap ‘Theme’
  5. Select ‘Dark’

If you haven’t yet received the update, you can still try WhatsApp dark mode if you’re part of the Android beta program. At the time of writing the program is currently full, but new spaces may become available soon (particularly if people start to leave now that the dark mode release is official).

  1. Sign up for the beta program through the Google Play Store
  2. Wait for your account to be processed (this may take a few hours)
  3. Update your app
  4. If you can’t see an update option, download and install the APK
  5. Restart WhatsApp
  6. Follow the instructions above to activate dark mode

How to get WhatsApp dark mode for iPhone

Once you receive the latest update, activating WhatsApp dark mode is just as simple as it is on Android:

  1. Open the app menu
  2. Tap ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘Chats’
  4. Tap ‘Theme’
  5. Select ‘Dark’

Don’t see the option yet? The iOS beta is full at the time of writing, but it’s worth checking back frequently to see if new places have opened up, then following the instructions below to get an early peek.

  1. Check to see if the beta is open and join if possible
  2. Install TestFlight on your device
  3. Click the link in the invitation email from WhatsApp
  4. Update and launch WhatsApp
  5. Follow the instructions above to activate dark mode