After first being rumoured back in September of 2018, WhatsApp dark mode finally released for all users last week. But you’d be forgiven for being a little disappointed with it, especially if you’re an Android user.
If you’ve got a smartphone running the Google operating system, you’ll notice WhatsApp’s dark mode doesn’t adopt OLED-friendly true blacks. Instead, the client takes on a dark grey colour scheme that’s not only less visually pleasing, but it also means pixels on your phone’s display aren’t able to turn off in an attempt to save battery life.
In contrast, if you’re using an iPhone you’ll notice the app does boast a deep black aesthetic, particularly in WhatsApp’s main menu that shows all your active chats.
Of course, there’s no real way to know the extent to which the OLED-friendly colour on iPhone boosts battery life, but we certainly know what looks better at Express.co.uk.
And it seems a number of Android fans are similarly baffled as to why the Facebook-owned firm decided to release differing dark modes for the Google operating system compared to iOS.
Responding to WhatsApp’s tweet announcing dark mode, one user said: “Why 100 percent black on iOS and not on Android?”
Another wrote: “Totally horrible. We want Dark AMOLED mode. I was hoping that in the global update would change, because on the Beta program was horrible… now.. is globally horrible…”
A third declared: “On Android it’s not dark mode, it’s grey mode. I think WhatsApp needs to improve, compared to iOS.”
WhatsApp has not commented on whether Android devices could soon be treated to the OLED-friendly dark theme present on iPhone.
Although it’s not what many were hoping for, enabling WhatsApp dark mode is pretty simple.
If you’re running iOS 13 or Android 10, all you need to do is switch on the system-wide dark modes for either.
Once that’s done, WhatsApp will automatically adjust its colour pallet accordingly to make messaging easier on your eyes.
To enable dark mode in Android 10, simply head to Settings > Display > Dark theme.
In iOS 13, head to Settings > Display & Brightness and then ensure you’ve got the dark toggle enabled at the top.
If your Android phone hasn’t been treated to Google’s latest and greatest operating system yet, don’t worry. Those running Android 9 an enable dark mode within WhatsApp manually be heading to Settings > Chats > Theme > Dark.
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