WhatsApp Introduces Dark Mode

The new option is available globally on Android and iOS

Dark mode on WhatsApp for Android WhatsApp

Dark mode is coming to WhatsApp starting Tuesday.

The Facebook-owned messaging application said users with the latest version of WhatsApp can activate dark mode by enabling it in their system settings for Android 10 or iOS 13, or going to WhatsApp settings, chats, theme in Android 9 and below.

Dark mode on WhatsApp for iOS

Dark mode was introduced with short film Hello Darkness, which features a rare, previously unreleased version of Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence.”

WhatsApp said dark mode was designed to reduce eye strain in environments with low light, adding in a blog post, “And we hope it helps prevent those awkward moments where your phone lights up the room.”

The focus was on two particular areas when designing dark mode: readability and information hierarchy.

WhatsApp wrote, “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.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.