Popular social messaging app WhatsApp has finally launched its dark mode feature to iOS and Android users on Tuesday.
WhatsApp has been performing beta testing of the dark mode feature on both mobile operating systems for quite a long period of time.
In a recent blog post, WhatsApp stated, “We are very excited to update WhatsApp with the most requested feature from our users everywhere – dark mode. 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 where your phone lights up the room.”
Users on Android 10 and iOS 13 can use dark mode by enabling it in system settings.
However, users have Android 9 operating system can enable the dark mode feature by going to Settings option on WhatsApp.
After going to the Settings option, one should click on Chats option and then proceed to the Theme option next.
Selecting Dark under Theme option will enable the dark mode feature.
The WhatsApp dark mode feature is purely black for iPhone app and darker grey for Android.
WhatsApp had stated in its blog that while designing dark mode feature , researching and experimenting with a focus on two particular areas – readability and information hierarchy.
“When choosing colors, we wanted to minimize eye fatigue and use colors that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.We wanted to help users easily focus their attention on each screen. We did this by using color and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out,” it added.