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WhatsApp dark mode: Good and bad news for fans of hugely popular chat app

Mar 11, 2019

WHATSAPP dark mode is one of the chat app’s most highly anticipated features, and fans have been delivered good and bad news about it.

WhatsApp dark mode is arguably the most highly anticipated new feature for the Android and iOS chat app. For months it’s been rumoured that a WhatsApp dark mode is in the works, with WABetaInfo first reporting on it back in September 2018. 

At the time its Twitter account said: “I’m happy to exclusively give the good news: WhatsApp is finally working on a Dark Mode! It’s a dream.

“There are many important secret references in recent updates! 

“Be patient to see it out, hoping it will be FULL OLED friendly for Android phones, iPhone X and newer!”

The WhatsApp dark mode would limit blue light exposure and make using the chat app much easier on the eyes - especially handy at night. And as fans wait for a release date of WhatsApp dark mode they’ve been delivered both good and bad news about the upcoming feature.

The bad news is that one of WhatsApp’s rivals has received a dark mode ahead of it.

Earlier this week Viber announced the release of its own dark mode, which helps “save battery” and “protect your eyes”.

In a post on Tuesday the Viber Twitter said: “Walk on the dark side.

“Check out our new dark mode theme on Android! Save battery, protect your eyes, and keep the room dark when other people are trying to sleep.

“Try #DarkMode”.

Statista research says Viber at last count has over a billion users, behind other rival chat apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. The good news for WhatsApp fans though is that there may be signs that dark mode could be coming to the chat app soon.

Facebook Messenger - which alongside WhatsApp and Instagram is owned by Facebook - has just launched its own dark mode. 

The Facebook Messenger dark mode launched at the start of the week on Monday March 4.

In a blog post Bridget Pujals, Product Manager for Messenger, said: “We’re over the moon to share that dark mode for Messenger is finally making its debut.

“One of the most highly anticipated features from the launch of Messenger 4, dark mode is a sleek new look that goes easy on the eyes by switching the background from white to black.

“As many may have discovered, dark mode can be accessed through a hidden, limited-time only experience. Simply send a crescent moon emoji in any Messenger chat to unlock the setting and prompt to turn on dark mode.”

Bridget added: “Messenger’s dark mode provides lower brightness while maintaining contrast and vibrancy.


“Dark mode cuts down the glare from your phone for use in low light situations, so you can use the Messenger features you love no matter when or where you are.

“Dark mode is currently accessible to all Messenger users around the world on the latest versions of iOS and Android by sending the crescent moon emoji, and will be fully rolled out in settings in the coming weeks.”

Facebook likely won’t want to leave Messenger’s WhatsApp counterparts lagging too far behind it. And the tech giant cracking the code necessary to have dark mode on Messenger might mean they’re also getting closer to having the feature on WhatsApp too.


Credit: Express UK

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