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WhatsApp Dark mode is now official, on both Android and iOS platforms

The feature will be available to users on smartphones that run on Android 10 and iOS 13 (or later)

Dark Mode for WhatsApp, a feature that has been doing the rounds in the rumour mills, is finally available officially. While the feature has been seen in various beta versions of the app earlier, the company made it officially available on both Android and iOS platforms today.

The company says it focused on two areas while “researching and experimenting" with dark mode. That includes readability and information hierarchy. WhatsApp says it wanted to reduce eye fatigue, which is a common claim behind dark modes from any other app or software.

The feature will be available to users on phones that run on Android 10 and iOS 13 (or later). It can be used by enabling the system-wide dark mode feature available on both Android and iOS platforms now.

Dark Mode, in theory, uses less battery since your phone’s screen can turn off more pixels in order to show the darker colours. However, the difference is usually not significant enough. Many users have said they prefer dark modes in apps and operating systems from an appearance point of view and because it puts less strain on the user’s eyes, especially when using your phone in low lit areas.

Apps like Google Chrome, Twitter, Microsoft Outlook, Gmail and many others are also available in dark versions.

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