The moment WhatsApp fanshave been waiting months for is finally here - Dark Mode has officiallylaunched!

As the name suggests, dark mode changes the backgroundcolour of the app window to a dark colour, making it much easier on the eyes -particularly when using your phone in the evening.

<p><b>Users on Android 10 and iOS 13 can use dark mode by enabling it in system settings.</b></p><p><b>Meanwhile, users on Android 9 and below can go into WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Theme > select ‘Dark’.</b></p>

In a blog announcing the update, WhatsApp explained: “Darkmode for WhatsApp offers a fresh look on a familiar experience.

“It’s designed to reduce eye strain in low lightenvironments. And we hope it helps prevent those awkward moments where yourphone lights up the room.”

Dark Mode was developed with a focus on two key areas -readability and information hierarchy.

WhatsApp explained: “When choosing colours, we wanted tominimise eye fatigue and use colours that are closer to the system defaults oniPhone and Android respectively.

“We wanted to help users easily focus their attention oneach screen. We did this by using colour and other design elements to make surethe most important information stands out.”

WhatsApp teased eager fans with the update yesterday,sneakily changing its Twitter and Instagram profile pictures fromthe standard bright green logo to a dark version.

Several noticed the change, and tweeted about theirexcitement for Dark Mode.

One user tweeted: “WhatsApp dark theme is coming. Theyupdated the profile picture.”

Another added: “WhatsApp has updated the profile picture onInstagram too. The dark theme is really coming!”

How to try Dark Modeon WhatsApp

Users on Android 10and iOS 13 can usedark mode by enabling it in system settings.

Meanwhile, users on Android 9 and below can go into WhatsAppSettings > Chats > Theme > select ‘Dark’.

WhatsApp added: “We hope everyone enjoys dark mode, which isrolling out in the coming days on the latest version of WhatsApp.”