WhatsApp Dark mode on iPhones is now available with the latest beta update, along with advanced search and background blur.
- Last updated: February 21, 2020, 12:56 am
WhatsApp Dark Mode has been one of the most anticipated updates for the app lately, and the same has already made it into WhatsApp's Android app beta and WhatsApp for Business's iOS version. Now the latest beta version of WhatsApp for iOS, which was released today with version 126.96.36.199, has finally brought the system-compatible dark theme to WhatsApp for iPhones. The update has been added to WhatsApp's iOS beta, and WABetaInfo reports that the version uses iOS APIs to enable fairly tight integration of the dark theme, so the dark theme update may also be available soon for the stable release becomes.
How to get WhatsApp dark mode for iPhones
According to a report that released the update, the dark theme was introduced with the latest beta. To get the update on your iPhones, access the TestFlight beta platform and update the app from there. It is important to note that the WhatsApp beta program on iOS already has its maximum capacity. So if you are not yet in the beta program, you cannot get it,
If you're on it, update the app from there, open WhatsApp, wait for the connection to be made, close the app, and restart it. If dark mode still doesn't appear, back up all of your chats, uninstall the app, and reinstall it from the TestFlight platform. When the app is downloaded again, the latest resources are automatically downloaded from the server. This should bring the dark mode update for your app if the normal update is not enough. In the strange case that you still don't see a dark mode in your WhatsApp app, you have to wait for the next update to activate it in your app.
How dark mode works on WhatsApp for iOS
Interestingly, WhatsApp activated the dark theme by following the iOS 13 APIs. So if your iPhone doesn't have iOS 13 yet, you can't use the dark theme. For users of the latest iOS version, the topic of the app is directly linked to the system theme. So if you have already activated the dark system theme on your phone, WhatsApp should automatically switch to the dark theme.
The dark theme offers a dark splash screen when you open WhatsApp. Chat bubbles are updated to an olive green hue with white text, while all system information bubbles provided by WhatsApp (e.g., the encryption message in a chat above) are labeled with gold. Dark mode is activated on the entire WhatsApp interface and should be introduced in a stable build in the near future.
More features in the new beta
WhatsApp for iOS beta version 188.8.131.52 also brings some improvements, the first of which is more noteworthy – the advanced search mode. When users access the search bar at the top of the user interface, they see a categorical breakdown with options to filter the search by photos, GIFs, links, videos, documents, and audio. This can be an important breakdown of in-app search and help users find older resources more easily. Depending on the selection, the search results are displayed either in the list view or in the grid view.
The second little improvement is haptic feedback support on iOS 13, which blurs the wallpaper when you long-press a particular message. This is a much smaller update, but it improves the general user interface of the app.