WhatsApp for Android Beta Finally Gets Dark Theme, Here’s Your First Look

The Dark Theme is currently available only with Android Beta v2.20.13 and above. iOS users will have to wait a bit more for the feature to arrive on their smartphones

By January 22nd, 2020 AT 11:01 AM
Highlights
  • WhatsApp for Android Beta finally gets dark theme feature
  • The feature is currently limited to beta users of Android
  • iOS users may get the Dark Theme feature very soon

WhatsApp is finally getting the much-awaited dark theme functionality with the latest beta update. WhatsApp Beta for Android v2.20.13 comes with Dark Theme facility, which can be enabled via the app settings manually. After updating to the latest beta version, WhatsApp users can spot the new ‘Theme’ option under Chats section in the app Settings page. WhatsApp has been working on the Dark Theme feature ever since Google announced Android 10 last year. But it took the company nearly a year for rolling out the feature to the public. That said, the feature is still available only to the WhatsApp Beta users on the Android platform. The stable version of WhatsApp may get the feature in the coming weeks or months after the company testing it with the beta users.

WhatsApp for Android Beta Now Offers Dark Theme: How to Enable

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been working on several new features and one of them is Dark Theme. Finally, the instant messaging platform is getting the feature. WhatsApp’s Dark Theme is pretty decent for a first-generation feature. Unlike the dark theme available on smartphones from Xiaomi, Realme and so on, WhatsApp’s theme has a grey hue and not the pitch black hue. While some may feel the company should have gone for an entire black theme, the grey theme also looks pretty decent.

The Dark Theme on WhatsApp can be enabled in a very easy way. WhatsApp Beta users can hit the three-dot icon for going into the Settings of the app. After entering the Settings of WhatsApp, follow this procedure- Chats>Theme>Choose Theme. WhatsApp displays three options- Set by Battery Saver, Light and Dark. If you enable the Dark option, then the overall app will become dark and the new theme gets applies. Light theme is the same one which WhatsApp used to offer earlier, so changes in that. As for the battery saver option, it enables Dark Theme based on the current battery life on your smartphone.

The Dark Theme is currently available only with Android Beta v2.20.13 and above. iOS users will have to wait a bit more for the feature to arrive on their smartphones. But the rollout for iOS will happen directly on the stable channel, which is a good thing.

As for the advantages of dark theme, it’s expected to save some battery life. A survey conducted in 2019 revealed that Dark Theme does help in saving battery life on smartphones which is the reason behind Google including the feature on Android 10 and Apple including it on iOS 13.

WhatsApp to Not Implement Ads Inside the App

In other news, Facebook is also rumoured to be backing off from implementing ads inside WhatsApp. Last year, the social media giant officially confirmed that it would include ads inside WhatsApp Status tab starting 2020. But now, the company seems to be not doing the same and even scrapped the code of adding ads to WhatsApp. Facebook is yet to confirm this development though.

For the unaware, WhatsApp is all set to display ads between Statuses of users similar to Instagram Stories. WhatsApp founders decided to leave Facebook as they believe integrating ads will break the end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp rival, Telegram, does not display any ads and it is also a fully encrypted platform.

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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