WhatsApp's Dark Mode for iPhone Inches Closer to Release, Requires iOS 13

Friday February 21, 2020 2:22 AM PST by Tim Hardwick

WhatsApp's Dark Mode for iOS got one step closer today, with the long-awaited feature rolling out to all beta users on TestFlight. Gleaning details from the latest 2.20.30.25 build, WABetaInfo has provided a few more nuggets on what iPhone users can expect.


First off, the new Dark Theme is a better one than the previous version WhatsApp was working on, with no battery drain and support for Apple's official iOS 13 APIs. So like Instagram, it respects Apple's guidelines and syncs with the system-wide ‌Dark Mode‌ setting, switching on and off if the user has set it to Automatic.

Given that WhatsApp uses Apple's APIs, the dark theme won't be available for users running iOS versions earlier than ‌iOS 13‌. In other words, you'll need an ‌iPhone‌ 6s or later to be able to use it.

There's a redesigned dark splash screen with the WhatsApp logo, which makes way for a dark chats list screen. All the other screens are similarly fully darkened.

Meanwhile in chat threads, WhatsApp will show dark chat bubbles and a dark version of the chosen wallpaper – this part's dynamic, so if you switch the theme, the wallpaper style changes too. WhatsApp has also done some extensive work on a raft of Dark Mode-friendly solid colors.

According to WABetaInfo, this latest WhatsApp beta build supports an additional dark theme setting that uses lighter dark colors for some UI elements if the user has the high contrast setting enabled.

Away from ‌Dark Mode‌, this beta also includes a noteworthy new feature in the form of an advanced search function, adding a categorical breakdown in the search bar with options for filtering the search through photos, GIFs, links, videos, documents and audio.

Note that the WhatsApp TestFlight beta program on iOS is already at maximum capacity, so if you're not already on it, you'll have to wait for the build to go public, which could be any day now.

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6 weeks ago
The better news would be WhatsApp gets independent from FailBook completely and FailBook burns in hell.
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6 weeks ago
Any iPadOS support update (or hope..)?
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6 weeks ago
Good news I guess. I detest Facebook products, but there are some instances when I’m forced to use WhatsApp.


Apple should just release an android iMessage client and be done with all the crap that those who have to live with forcebly in a mixed OS environment right now. And, please, can we not have to rely on Facebook for messaging to these people. It’s like getting out my quill to communicate with the underprivileged.

The killer app for me will be when Apple is able to integrate all messaging services into a single app on iOS. It is insane to me that many people still have to contend with 3-6 different messaging apps.

I want all my conversations, regardless of platform, in one place. The state of affairs now is like we’re living a parody.
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6 weeks ago
What’s App sucks. I hate that it has become the standart for Cross iOS and Android messaging.

- it’s stillborn cloud based and can only be used from one single device. Tablet apps are only extensions of the iPhone version
- took them half a year to adopt to the iPhone x screen
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6 weeks ago
Was forced to finally install this garbage app due to an upcoming wedding. Boy is it even worse than I imagined. How does it manage to not even have a single background colour that matches the OS? It looks worse than a themed ICQ client from the nineties. Ugh.
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6 weeks ago
Better late than never?

Any news on when I can get WhatsApp messages announced via AirPods or an Apple Watch app for viewing and creating WhatsApp messages?

Apple should just release an android iMessage client and be done with all the crap that those who have to live with forcebly in a mixed OS environment right now. And, please, can we not have to rely on Facebook for messaging to these people. It’s like getting out my quill to communicate with the underprivileged.
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