After teasing fore more than one year, popular social messaging app WhatsApp finally launched its dark mode feature to iOS and Android users recently. The Facebook-owned messaging app had been working on the dark mode feature for a long time and in that process, it had released a a slew of iOS Test versions for both software operating systems.

"This feature is designed in such a way that if you use the phone in low light, then your eyes will not be stressed. Hopefully, this will also relieve you from those situations when the phone lights up in the entire room as soon as you turn on the phone," said the company in a blog post after officially launching the theme for iOS.

The dark mode theme on WhatsApp, which is currently available on both Android and iOS phones, is purely black for iPhone app.

How to enable dark mode feature on iPhone:

First of all, make sure you have the latest WhatsApp update installed on your iPhone. This is generally not an issue if you have automatic updates settings enabled for your phone. However, if not, you can simply install the latest version (2.20.30) manually from app Store.

For iOS 13 users, once you have installed the latest WhatsApp version, the social messaging app will automatically switch to dark theme if you have the system-wide dark theme activated on your phone.

Tap on Dark to enable system wide Dark Mode on your iPhone
Tap on Dark to enable system wide Dark Mode on your iPhone

Here is how to switch on Dark Theme on iPhones:

-Go to the main Settings icon on your phone and look for Display & Brightness option.

-Tap on Dark to enable system wide Dark Mode on your iPhone

-You can also enable the feature by going to the Control Centre and tapping on Dark Mode

Once the dark theme of WhatsApp is enabled, the chat background turns dark black with chat bubbles turning darker grey for the receiving text and darker, green for the sender's text.

Point to note: There is a catch to enabling dark mode feature for WhatsApp for iPhone. There is no in-app option to disable the dark mode feature and thus, the app will only take the theme when the system-wide dark mode feature is enabled on your iPhone. So, if you do not have dark mode activated on your phone, you cannot have the dark theme on your WhatsApp either.

Once the settings are enabled, simply restart the phone and you will see a dark WhatsApp splash screen.

Many users across the globe had been awaiting the dark theme feature for a long time now as it not only puts less strain in the eyes, but it also reduces draining the battery of your phone.


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