After WhatsApp, Facebook working on Dark Mode for native app: Report

By Xite - January 24, 2020
Instant messaging app WhatsApp has already rolled out the Dark Mode in its latest Android beta version, but reports suggest that Facebook is also developing the same feature for its native app.

WhatsApp has started to roll out Dark Mode with the 2.20.13 Android beta update, which means whoever updates it to the latest version will be able to toggle between the Dark and Light Modes. But now a media report has said that Facebook is testing Dark Mode for the native app as well. This is in addition to the ongoing testing of Dark Mode for the desktop version. Reports suggest that the development is still in the early days but at its annual F8 developer’s conference last year, Facebook had already shown how the desktop version will look like.

We’ll keep updating as the developments regarding this mode unfold, but as of now, WhatsApp’s Dark Mode appears to have become more refined as it was reported earlier. Users can choose from four options:  

Light theme, which is the usual white theme that people have been using since its launch.
Dark theme, which is said to extend the run time of smartphones.
System default: In this mode, WhatsApp identifies the theme used by your Android system, and sets it in WhatsApp automatically.
Set by Battery Saver: This will be available on Android 9 and lower versions, and it allows to automatically switch to light/dark theme, in accordance with a user’s Battery Saver settings.

WhatsApp Dark Mode

To enable the Dark Mode, you need to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Display. Here you will see Theme and Wallpaper options. Select Theme to choose between Light, Dark and Battery Saver. If your Android phone runs Android Q, the WhatsApp Dark Mode feature will be enabled automatically if you have enabled Dark Mode on the phone. There is no information about when Facebook intends to roll out the WhatsApp Dark Mode for all Android users.

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