January 28, 2021


Leena Sanap


With more than 1.5 billion users across the globe, Whatsapp is the most favourite social media app for the past few years. Something that began as a simple messaging and chatting option, has taken the world by storm. It has become almost an indispensable social media platform in corporates, businesses and personal use alike.

Whatsapp as an application gained immense popularity and became the world’s most popular app by 2015 post its acquisition by Facebook in 2014. As we all know, Whatsapp is easily available for download on Google play store as well as for iPhone users. The thing about WhatsApp is that you need to link a phone number for an account. That’s all you need and post that, it is easy to get the idea of how Whatsapp works.

The Whatsapp web was also made available in late January 2015 which was stated to be an extension of the mobile app. You could use your same account on either of the platforms.

The Dark Mode:

It’s always recognized when any of the social media platforms introduces the dark mode. So when Whatsapp has introduced version 2.20.13 for the dark mode which is an Android beta version, the users are rejoicing.

So, Why is this new Whatsapp feature such a raging craze? Well, while most other trends are criticized, having this feature is actually a good thing. There are more advantages to using your gadget in the dark mode than one.

Advantages Of The Dark Theme:


  • The health of your eyes:

The foremost reason why you should be using the dark mode in the low light ambiance or at night when the lights are off is that it reduces eye strain. The constant blue light exposure and flickering can have many adverse effects on your eyes. The dark mode takes care that there is a minimum colour contrast ratio which protects the eyes from unnecessary strain.

  • Battery Longevity:

Using the dark mode scalably conserves the battery power. We all know how saving battery and avoiding long charging hours is important to us. This perk is much sought after and simply switching the theme can attribute to longer battery hours. This mode is ultimately a battery saver.

  • Better Aesthetics:

The dark theme is actually very appealing visually. The colours and objects come to life in the black-dark-background. It’s pleasing to have conversations and exchange messages on an eye-pleasing platform.

Steps to enable the Dark Mode:

Knowing the importance of dark mode, here are the few simple steps for enabling the theme on Whatsapp. The prerequisite for the latest beta program is that you must have the proper version downloaded.

  • Go to the Whatsapp application.
  • Click on the three dots available on the top right-hand side corner on the screen.
  • Select the “Chats” option
  • Under the “Display” tab, the “theme” option is available. Click on that.
  • Opt for the “Dark” option and click on OK.

One can easily toggle between the light and dark mode depending on the environment and lighting conditions around you. Though the dark mode is great, it is necessary that you know moderately when to use which as it is only a supplemental mode for a better user interface.

So, now you can avoid looking like a zombie the next day after binging on a great chat session the previous night. Kiss your owl-like eyes a good-bye with this newest feature that will hopefully pass from the beta version to mainstream use.

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