Facebook is finally giving WhatsApp users a dark mode option — months after other apps made the switch (FB, TWTR, GOOG, GOOGL, AAPL)

  • WhatsApp has rolled out a dark mode setting for its iPhone and Android apps, the company said in a blog post Tuesday.
  • The Facebook-owned messaging app has been testing dark mode for months, but now the option is available to anyone using the latest versions of iOS and Android.
  • The new feature could help minimize eye strain and extend the battery life of users’ phones.
  • WhatsApp had trailed its competitors in introducing the highly requested feature.
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WhatsApp announced Tuesday that it has made dark mode available on iPhone and Android devices, giving users what the company called its “most requested feature.”

The update makes the new look available to any WhatsApp users who have the latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 13 — as well as anyone using Android 10 or Android 9.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been testing the feature in beta mode on Android for close to a year, and more recently on iOS as well. In its blog post, WhatsApp said its tests focused on maintaining readability in low light situations by using colors similar to the ones already used by devices as well as helping users identify important information.

While ultimately a personal preference, two benefits of switching to dark mode include helping reduce eye strain and saving battery (which is made possible because darker colors require less energy to display).

WhatsApp’s addition of dark mode arrives well after many popular iOS and Android apps introduced their own versions. YouTube made the switch in 2018 and the Facebook Messenger app got the update last April, while iOS and Android users have had a system-wide option for months.

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