How to enable the Dark Mode for WhatsApp
If you want to learn more about the Android dark mode, check out this article.
There have been rumors that WhatsApp was working on a dark theme for its popular chat app for a while now. Finally, in January 2020 a beta version of WhatsApp has been released which lets you activate the dark theme.
The WhatsApp beta is a preview version of how the app could look like in future. Currently, only members of the WhatsApp beta programm will have access to the new version. You can find out whether you are a beta tester by visiting this website.
After installing the latest beta version of WhatsApp, you can follow these instructions to activate the dark mode:
- Open WhatsApp
- Tap Menu ⋮ in the top right corner
- Select Settings
- Tap Chats
- Tap Theme
- Choose Dark or System default
Android 10 or later:
On phones running Android 10 or later you can choose the option System default which I highly recommend. System default will ensure that WhatsApp always uses the global night mode settings of your phone.
You can then use the Dark Mode app to manage the theme for WhatsApp and all other apps in a single place, rather than having to switch the theme for every app individually.
Dark Mode also gives you the option to automatically switch the global mode of your phone depending on the time of the day. Make use of this advantage by activating its Auto mode.
Android 9 (Pie) and below:
Phones running Android 9 and below do not support the option System default. Instead you can choose Set by Battery Saver. This option will activate the WhatsApp dark mode whenever the battery saving mode of your phone is activated.
Therefore, I recommend toggling the dark mode of WhatsApp directly by choosing either Light or Dark depending on your needs.
The loading screen as well as the chat overview widget currently do not use the theme that you chose in the WhatsApp settings. Instead, they are dark or light depending on the global dark mode settings of your phone. This means, for example, that you can have a dark WhatsApp with a light loading screen if those settings differ.
To avoid this issue, I recommend activating the global night mode of your phone using the Dark Mode app.