They took their time, but they got it right.
WhatsApp has just been updated with the most requested feature from its users - dark mode. It’s designed to reduce eye strain in low light environments. WhatsApp have said they want it to help prevent those awkward moments where your phone lights up the room when you are messaging.
When designing dark mode WhatsApp spent time researching and experimenting with a focus on two particular areas:
Readability: When choosing colours, the company wanted to minimise eye fatigue and use colours that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.
Information Hierarchy: WhatsApp said their aim was to help users easily focus their attention on each screen. They did this by using colour and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out.
Dark mode now available for iPhone and Android, on the latest version of WhatsApp. Users on Android 10 and iOS 13 can use dark mode by enabling it in system settings. Users on Android 9 and below can go into WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Theme > select ‘Dark’.
WhatsApp has commented "We hope everyone enjoys dark mode, which is rolling out in the coming days," what does this mean for users? The dark days are certainly not over.