Dark mode, self-destructing messages – Read about WhatsApp’s new updates

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It is one of the widely-anticipated update and soon WhatsApp may well roll out its Dark Mode’ feature for its users. With Google Android 10 and Apple’ iOS 13 bringing system-wide dark mode, it has prompted a number of third-party apps to add the mode.

As such, WhatsApp could be the next big app to embrace the feature. Ahead of the official roll-out, ‘Dark Mode’ has already been spotted in WhatsApp’s recent beta versions. We collate a few of the key things which you should know about this upcoming update to WhatsApp.

This new ‘Dark Mode’ features as a theme which will exist alongside Light Theme. It will convert the app colour scheme to “blue night” colours. Also, there’s a “system default” option which will help the app automatically recognise the default setting of the phone to change the theme.

This theme, however, is in line with the Android 10 and iOS 13 branding.

However, this new theme is not yet ready and there are few aspects of the app which do not sit perfectly with the new colour schemes. As per the recent update, it also shows dark bubbles in chatbox.

Now, this is different from what Instagram has rolled out – while Instagram also adapts to the colour scheme of the phone, WhatsApp’s Dark Mode is different. If the leaked screenshots are anything to go by, the new Dark Theme is of a lesser intensity.

There are other updates which are in the pipeline. As per the latest beta version of the app, there is a new Snapchat-like self-destructing feature which will allow users to retract a message after a certain period of time. The app will give options between 5 seconds, 1 hour, 1 day, 7 days, and even 30 days for these aforementioned self-destructing messages.


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