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How to get dark mode in WhatsApp for Android right now

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WhatsApp for Android dark mode (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

One of the most requested features in WhatsApp over the last couple of years has been dark mode. It is finally available on Android — you can now manually set dark mode for WhatsApp, or have the app match the system theme automatically. Here's how you can get started with dark mode on WhatsApp for Android.

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How to enable dark mode in WhatsApp for Android

As of March 3, 2020, dark mode is rolling out to all WhatsApp users around the globe. Even better, enabling it is very simple. Here's what you need to do.

  1. Open WhatsApp from the app drawer or home screen.
  2. Tap the action overflow menu (three vertical dots in the top right corner).
  3. Hit Settings.

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  1. Select Chats.
  2. Choose Themes.
  3. In the Choose Theme dialog box, select Dark.
  4. You should see the interface switch to a dark theme.

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That's it! You should now have dark mode set up for the messaging service. Dark mode looks particularly good on WhatsApp because of the green accents that are present throughout the interface, and they bring a bit of visual flair to the app.

I've had dark mode enabled for over a week now, and it makes a huge difference in how you use the service. It's easier on the eyes, and if you have an Android 10 phone and set dark mode system-wide, there's better visual consistency.

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.