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Facebook introduces dark mode on WhatsApp


Paul Emeka Chimodo

Tech giant Facebook has announced it has updated WhatsApp with the dark mode which it described as the most requested feature from users everywhere.

“Dark mode for WhatsApp offers a fresh look on a familiar experience. It’s designed to reduce eye strain in low light environments. And we hope it helps prevent those awkward moments when your phone lights up the room,” Facebook said in a statement.

When designing dark mode, Facebook said it focused on readability and information hierarchy.

“When choosing colors, we wanted to minimize eye fatigue and use colors that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively. We wanted to help users easily focus their attention on each screen. We did this by using color and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out.”

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.

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