WhatsApp's long-awaited dark mode is here at last

WhatsApp users have been clamouring for a dark mode for what seems like a very, very long time.

Today, the Facebook-owned messaging app – which boasts over two billion users – answered the calls with confirmation that dark mode is coming in the next few days.

Both the iOS and Android version of the app will support the new mode, which can be activated in their phone’s settings menu.

‘We are very excited to update WhatsApp with the most requested feature from our users everywhere – dark mode,’ the team behind WhatsApp announced on its company blog this evening.

‘Dark mode for WhatsApp offers a fresh look on a familiar experience. 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.’

WhatsApp said it spent time researching and experimenting with dark mode and focused on two particular areas:

The first was readability, with the team explaining they wanted to ‘minimise eye fatigue and use colours that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.’

The second was ‘information hierarchy’ which meant helping 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 company said.

Users on Android 10 and iOS 13 can use dark mode by enabling it in system settings. Users on Android 9 and below can go into WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Theme > select ‘Dark’.

‘We hope everyone enjoys dark mode, which is rolling out in the coming days on the latest version of WhatsApp,’ the company said.

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