The second most populated social networking platform, whatsapp, has officially rolled out dark mode for android and iOS users.

The firm had been working on the update for just over two years now, with users finally getting access to the new feature in beta a few months ago.

WhatsApp didn’t just want to flip the switch and turn their app from light to dark. They prioritised two factors while working on this update:

“Readability: When choosing colors, we wanted to minimize eye fatigue and use colors that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.”

“Information Hierarchy: We wanted to help users easily focus their attention on each screen. We did this by using color and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out.”

Android 10 and iOS 13 user can activate dark mode via the setting that sets the system-wide dark theme.

For those using android 9 and below can activate the dark mode using the following steps.

  1. Open your whatsapp application and click on the three vertical dots at the top right corner.
  2. On the pop up menu, click on settings.
  3. Click on chats.
  4. Click on theme.
  5. select dark mode.