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WhatsApp is the most popular messaging service on the planet, with in excess of 2 billion monthly active users. While its simplicity and cross-platform support have proven to be a huge hit, it has still been missing a key feature. 

Dark mode has been available for a number of years in apps like Twitter and Gmail, while recent updates have even added the option throughout iOS and Android. Of course, third-party apps still control the colour scheme of their user interface, and WhatsApp has been particularly stubborn. 

However, that looks set to finally change, with a beta available and mobile and desktop coming soon. 

How to get WhatsApp dark mode on Android

  1. Head to the WhatsApp listing on the Google Play Store
  2. Scroll down under the developer contact to where it says ‘Join beta programme’
  3. Tap ‘Join’ and then confirm
  4. Download update to the app
  5. Restart app
  6. Head to ‘Settings’ then ‘Chats’, where you’ll see a toggle for dark mode

If the update option doesn’t appear for you after joining the beta, you can download and install the APK instead. Do note that the beta is full at the time of writing, so this is your only option.

How to get WhatsApp dark mode on iOS

  1. Check if the beta is open via Apple’s TestFlight page
  2. If it is, sign up with your email
  3. Install the TestFlight app on your device
  4. Tap the link in the email that WhatsApp send you
  5. Update and relaunch WhatsApp
  6. Head to ‘Settings’ then ‘Chats’, where you’ll see a toggle for dark mode

The beta is currently full on iOS, and we don’t currently know of another way to access the feature if you’re using an iPhone. 

However, you shouldn’t be waiting long to get dark mode on your version of WhatsApp. More beta spaces may become available soon, while you can look forward to a full rollout in the coming months. 

WhatsApp dark mode on desktop

It’s looking like desktop won’t be far behind when it comes to dark mode, if this tweet is anything to go by:

If you’re desperate to try it, there’s a user created WhatsApp dark simulation available via Stylus, a plug-in for Firefox and Chrome. This will loosely resemble what you will see when the feature is finally released.

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