WhatsApp officially brings Dark Mode to Android and iOS

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

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp has rolled out dark mode for iOS and Android.
  • Android 10 and iOS 13 users will be able to use the system-wide dark theme to control the setting.
  • Users of Android 9 and below will have to use an in-app setting to toggle the theme,

WhatsApp is finally joining the dark theme train for iOS and Android, rolling out an update to users of both operating systems today. The firm had been working on the update for just over two years now, with users finally getting access to the new feature in beta a few months ago.

As for why it took so long, WhatsApp didn't just want to flip the switch and turn their app from light to dark. They prioritised two factors while working on this update:

Readability: When choosing colors, we wanted to minimize eye fatigue and use colors that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.Information Hierarchy: 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's probably up to the users to decided just how well they succeeded in both of these. Some users would have preferred WhatsApp offered an OLED dark theme for phones like the iPhone 11 Pro and the Pixel 4 XL, but it still looks regardless. If you're on Android 10 or iOS 13, WhatsApp's dark theme is controlled via the setting that sets the system-wide dark theme. If you're on Android 9 and below, you'll still get dark mode, you just need to dive into WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Theme > and select "Dark" to enable it.

The update is available immediately from the respective app stores.

WhatsApp for Android: Everything you need to know!

9 Comments
  • Can't see this update on my S10+. Dark theme on the OS is already enabled. WhatsApp is on the latest version.
  • Same, can't see the update
  • Wow! They are only what... about a decade late? 🥴
  • I have android 10 and I don't see the option for night mode, is this WhatsApp dark mode world wide?
  • Same with me. No Dark mode option on my S10...
  • Tried dark mode on the WhatsApp beta. Didn't like it and went back to white.
  • No auto dark mode (system wide) for my WhatsApp on Now 10+. Also, people should stop calling it Dark Theme. It's Dark Mode in settings and explained more like a dark display mode to save screen. Just semantics, but it makes a difference when you're looking up system settings, etc.
  • I just got the update but it doesn't work on android 10 S10 plus
  • Updated just few minutes ago on my Note 10+ , looks very nice!