WhatsApp trials Dark Mode that makes it easier to send messages at night – here’s how you can try it
- Whatsapp is trialling a new Dark Mode in the latest beta version of its app
- It could reduce brightness, glare and blue light emissions to help with sleep
- Screenshots of the new mode shows a darkened background with white text
- There is no indication if the feature will be part of the regular version of the app
WhatsApp is trialling a new dark mode for Android phones that may just help its users sneak a few more late night messages.
The mode, spotted in the latest beta testing version of the messenger, gives the screen a black background and turns the text white.
Android users who sign up for the beta version can now test out the feature, which is not yet available in the consumer version of the app.
There is no indication on when the feature will be added for all users of the encrypted messenger.
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WhatsApp is trialling a new dark mode for Android phones that may just help its users sneak a few more late night messages. Screenshot from WABetainfo showing the Setting page of Whatsapp in the new ‘dark mode’, where the background is blackened and the text is white
Well trusted leak site WABetainfo noticed the feature in the latest update to the beta version of the app.
Dark modes are designed to not look darker and give out less glare but may also emit less blue light, which has been associated with disrupting sleep.
Currently, Android users of the regular version of the app can darken the background individual WhatsApp conversations, by choosing from colours like black or dark red.
This option is accessed through the Settings, then Chats, followed by Wallpaper, and ‘Solid Colour’.
This change does not make a difference to the WhatsApp home screen colour or any other screens.
Whatsapp has also redesigned its Settings page, to be more in keeping with the dark mode.
The dark mode feature has also been spotted previously in the iOS beta version of the app on iPhones, according to WaBetaInfo, but is also not available more widely.
Well trusted leak site Webetainfo noticed the feature as part of the new updates in the 2.19.82 beta testing version of the messenger. There is no indication if the mode will be added to the regular verison of the app for all users of the messenger
Recently, WhatsApp also made a number of other significant changes to its app including limiting the number of times users can share messages with others.
The new policy, revealed in January, limits message forwarding to up to five users.
Before the new policy, users could forward messages up to 20 times.
Last July, the Facebook-owned social media app began limiting message forwarding to up to five times for users in India, but it has since expanded the policy globally.
Users who sign up for the beta version, a testing version with app features in development, may have access to the feature which is not yet available in the regular app (file photo)