Here’s everything we know so far about WhatsApp ‘dark mode’

Here’s everything we know so far about WhatsApp ‘dark mode’
WhatsApp dark mode would reduce the strain on your eyes after hours of phone use (Photo: Shutterstock)

WhatsApp users might experience a change to their normal interface, with rumours circulating that the messaging app will soon introduce a new ‘dark’ mode.

The idea is that the popular free app will offer a darker screen mode in an effort to reduce the strain on your eyes after hours of phone use.

A long-awaited feature

While most apps and social media platforms typically display their content on a white background with black text, the dark mode interface will reverse these colours to minimise the brightness for users.

The standard white background display is believed to be bad for your eyes, and may cause them to strain after prolonged periods of messaging and browsing. It is hoped a darker theme will help to minimise this strain.

Google has already introduced a dark mode to numerous apps, including YouTube and Play Games (Photo: Shutterstock)
Google has already introduced a dark mode to numerous apps, including YouTube and Play Games (Photo: Shutterstock)

WhatsApp reportedly started working on its new interface in September 2018.

When will it be introduced?

Rumours of a WhatsApp dark mode first surfaced last September, when reputable technology outlet WABetInfo tweeted the news.

They wrote, “WhatsApp is finally working on a Dark Mode! It’s a dream.

“There are many important secret references in recent updates!

“Be patient to see it out, hoping it will be FULL OLED friendly for Android phones, iPhone X and newer!”

The upgrade would make WhatsApp the latest app to introduce a dark mode, with Google already enabling users to switch to a darker screen on numerous services, including YouTube, Android messages, Play Games and Google Contacts.

WhatsApp are yet to confirm the existence of the feature or announce a release date for its roll out.