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Finally, WhatsApp dark mode is now available for iOS and Android

Updated: October 26, 2020 12:26

Finally, WhatsApp dark mode is now available for iOS and Android today. After taking months in beta testing on both mobile operating systems, the WhatsApp dark mode is finally available for all the users today. If you had already enabled the dark mode at system-level on iOS 13 or Android 10, then WhatsApp will automatically switch over the dark mode option. On the other hand, Android 9 users can simply enable the new dark theme in the WhatsApp settings menu.
Facebook has tweaked its new WhatsApp dark mode to assure that it reduces the brightness of a smartphone display. “During testing, we found that comparing pure black and white creates high contrast that can lead to eye weakness,” describes a WhatsApp spokesperson. “So rather, you’ll notice a special dark gray background and off-white color that decreases the brightness of the display screen, cuts down the light, and improves contrast and readability.”

The new WhatsApp dark theme will be mostly pure black on iOS phones and a darker gray on Android phones. It’s a long-awaited feature, one that WhatsApp confirms in a launch video (below) with lots of people looking into their smartphones. The short video, labeled “Hello Darkness,” introduces a previously unreleased version of “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon.
Now you can download the latest WhatsApp update from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to enable the new dark mode option.

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