WhatsApp's much awaited dark mode might be will soon be rolling out to its final build, according to app tracker WABetaInfo. The tracker said WhatsApp’s new 2.19.282 beta version comes with a new section called Theme Settings. The new section is buried under Settings. The beta version of the app allows users to change the WhatsApp theme to different modes.
Light theme is the usual white theme that has been available for WhatsApp forever. A “System default" automatically recognises the theme of Android that has been set by the user and changes accordingly. The 'Dark Theme' is the one that inverts colours.
The tracker said when you switch on the 'Dark Theme', the app changes to 'blue night' colours. The feature, however, still appears to be in development as the dark mode doesn’t fully change all the elements of WhatsApp. Based on the screenshot shared by the website, the text still doesn’t seem to be optimised for the new Dark Mode.
The new beta version also includes another new feature that allows users to send self-destructing messages. The new feature can be used for sending photos, for instance, that a user wishes to be deleted after a few moments of sending. The latest update lets users choose between 5 seconds, 1 hour, 1 day, 7 days, and even 30 days for these self-destructing messages.
Instagram already has this feature, so WhatsApp might be testing it because Facebook is working on already integrating the three platforms together. Although the messaging platform allows 'permanent deletion' of messages, the new feature is very different than that. Permanently deleting messages leaves behind a notification which reads 'You deleted this message', which is not the case with self destructing messages.