In March this year, the folks over at WABetaInfo discovered evidence that confirmed WhatsApp had started working on a Dark Mode feature for Android users. They have now discovered some new evidence which seems to suggest WhatsApp is making decent progress with the Night Mode feature for the Android platform and we may see the feature roll out to users sooner than previously expected.
WhatsApp recently released its latest beta version 2.19.145 through the Google Play Beta program. With the new version, WhatsApp has expanded the Night Mode to other sections such as Contact Picker, Contact Info, and Group Info. Previously, the Night Mode feature was only compatible with the chats list, status, and calls sections in the app.
While there has been good progress since the first time the feature was discovered, it is still in the development phase and is not going to be ready for rollout anytime soon. Even though more sections within the app now support darkened screens, it is not working as intended in all sections. What may also disappoint some users is that the Night Mode feature in WhatsApp isn’t completely black. Instead, the Night Mode uses some sort of a deep grey shade.
Even with the deep grey shade, Night Mode on WhatsApp will not only make it easier for individuals to use the app under dark or no lighting but also help extend battery life on smartphones featuring AMOLED displays. Needless to say, however, a true black shade would probably prove slightly more beneficial in extending battery life. Many popular apps already offer a Night Mode or Dark Mode feature, while others are expected to gain the feature in the near future.
If you are part of the WhatsApp beta program and do not notice the new feature, there is nothing to worry. Since the feature is currently under testing, it may not be available for everyone. It is expected to be rolled out to users globally once everything works as intended and all the bugs are ironed out.