Finally, after being teased for nearly a year, WhatsApp is starting to roll out the much-awaited dark mode on the app. As of now, the feature is only available for Beta users of WhatsApp on Android and is expected to go live for everyone with an update soon. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since over the years, WhatsApp has been testing out features by offering them first to its Beta testers before rolling out to everyone via a public update. By doing so, it manages to address the issues encountered by the Beta testers and offer a smooth experience with the final release that is free of bugs.
To give you some background, WhatsApp Beta testing is an open-to-all program, which interested WhatsApp users can sign up for to test out the latest Beta currently cooking, before anyone else. However, at the time of writing this article, the WhatsApp testing program has reached its maximum limit for testers, so you can not sign up for the Beta testing at the moment. However, you can try your luck by downloading the latest WhatsApp Beta from APKMirror to check out the feature.
Enable Dark Mode on WhatsApp (Android)
Considering you have the latest Beta version of WhatsApp (2.20.13 or later) running on your Android phone, here are the steps to enable dark mode on the app –
1. Open WhatsApp, tap on the three vertical dots, and select Settings.
2. Here, go to Chats, and under Display, tap on Theme.
3. Finally, under Theme, you will be presented with three options to choose a theme:
i. System Default – sets the WhatsApp theme based on the UI theme of your device.
ii. Light – sets the default theme with a white background.
iii. Dark – sets the app to use a dark theme with a black background throughout the app.
4. Finally, select Dark and hit Ok.
By now, you must have the dark mode set on your WhatsApp. And it should be accessible across the app for different sections, including the various settings, chats, calls, etc. However, in case you still can’t get the dark mode running on your WhatsApp, you should try uninstalling and then reinstalling the WhatsApp Beta app.