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Whatsapp's Latest Update Is Here To Save Your Eyes And Battery Life

Welcome to the dark side.

Dark mode is the most requested feature from WhatsApp users everywhere. 

If you, like me, awoke this morning to find your Whatsapp chats ensconced in shadow, welcome to the new Whatsapp Dark Mode. 

WhatsApp for iPhone and Android has finally embraced the darkness, as dark mode is now available to all users who own devices capable of taking advantage of dark modes in apps. If you’ve already set up dark mode on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, all you need to do is update WhatsApp to the latest version to enjoy the darkness.

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The company explained in a blog post that it spent time researching and experimenting two particular dark mode-related matters, including readability, and “information hierarchy:”

  • Readability – “We wanted to use colours that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.”
  • Information hierarchy – “We wanted to help users easily focus their attention on each screen. We did this by using colour and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out.”

The WhatsApp dark theme will be mostly pure black on iOS devices and a darker gray on Android. It’s a long-awaited feature, one that WhatsApp acknowledges in a launch video (below) with lots of people squinting into their phones. The short video, entitled “Hello Darkness,” includes a previously unreleased version of “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon.

"Why bother set a dark mode feature on Whatsapp?", we hear you cry. Well, we'll let Whatsapp themselves answer that for you. A spokesperson for WhatsApp said: “It’s designed to reduce eye strain in low light environments. And we hope it helps prevent those awkward moments where your phone lights up the room, too." What's more, the tool is also rumoured to help users squeeze every single minute out of their battery life.

Instagram joins several other apps on the dark mode train — including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and YouTube. If you already have dark mode enabled at the system level on iOS 13 or Android 10, then WhatsApp will automatically switch over. Whereas Android users can simply enable a new dark theme in the WhatsApp settings menu. Alternatively, you can download the latest WhatsApp update from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to get the new dark mode option.

Main image by @emrata on Instagram

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