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WhatsApp launches dark mode for iOS and Android

WhatsApp has launched dark mode for iOS and Android devices.

The Facebook-owned messaging platform has confirmed one of its most requested features this week - which is meant to reduce eye strain in low-light environments - "is rolling out in the coming days on the latest version" of the app.

In a blog post, the company wrote: "We are very excited to update WhatsApp with the most requested feature from our users everywhere - dark mode.

"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 where your phone lights up the room."

The team explained their focus during development was on "readability" and "information hierarchy".

For the former, they said: "When choosing colours, we wanted to minimise eye fatigue and use colours that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively."

And when it comes to information, the blog post details how the team wanted to make certain things leap out.

They added: "We wanted to help users easily focus their attention on each screen. We did this by using colour and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out."

Android 10 and iOS 13 users can access dark mode by enabling it in system settings, while those on Android 9 and below can go into WhatsApp Settings, Chats, Theme and then select 'Dark'.

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