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How to get dark mode in WhatsApp for Android right now

How to get dark mode in WhatsApp for Android right now

One of the most requested features in WhatsApp over the last couple of years has been dark mode. It is finally available on Android — you can now manually set dark mode for WhatsApp, or have the app match the system theme automatically. Here’s how you can get started with dark mode on WhatsApp for Android.

As of March 3, 2020, dark mode is rolling out to all WhatsApp users around the globe. Even better, enabling it is very simple. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Open WhatsApp from the app drawer or home screen.

2. Tap the action overflow menu (three vertical dots in the top right corner).

3. Hit Settings.

4. Select Chats.

5. Choose Themes.
In the Choose Theme dialog box, select Dark.
You should see the interface switch to a dark theme.

That’s it! You should now have dark mode set up for the messaging service. Dark mode looks particularly good on WhatsApp because of the green accents that are present throughout the interface, and they bring a bit of visual flair to the app.

I’ve had dark mode enabled for over a week now, and it makes a huge difference in how you use the service. It’s easier on the eyes, and if you have an Android 10 phone and set dark mode system-wide, there’s better visual consistency.

Source: Android Central

4 Amazing Features WhatsApp Is Bringing In 2020

Whatsapp is releasing amazing features to the app this year and here are just four(4) of the features we know for now.

Here is a list of the four new features coming to WhatsApp in 2020 also from pulse:

1. Dark Mode

According to Independent.co.uk, the Facebook-owned messaging app has been teasing the dark theme for months.

However, WaBetaInfo, a website that follows developments with the beta version of the app, has reported that the dark theme update is ready for the Android version of WhatsApp.

2. Disappearing Messages

This feature allows users to automatically delete messages after a stipulated period in both group chats and one-on-one conversations.

With this, The Guardian reports that users will be able to set the messages to be deleted automatically after an hour, a day, a week, a month or a year.

3. Ads (Advertisement)

The platform plans to start inserting promos into WhatsApp Status posts from 2020. This was reportedly revealed at the 2019 Facebook Marketing Summit in the Netherlands.

WaBetaInfo describes the ads as “status advertisements” adding that “they won’t be invasive and they will appear very rarely between a lot of status updates. ”

This feature is currently available on WhatsApp’s sister app Instagram.

3. Reverse Image Search

As the most popular messaging app across Africa, Whatsapp has been flagged as a major medium of choice for spreading fake news.

A recent report by the Center for Democracy and Development and the University of Birmingham on WhatsApp’s role during Nigeria’s February elections showed that parents and grandparents as the “biggest sharers” of misinformation.

The platform plans to fight the spread of fake news with a new feature called the reverse image search tool. This lets you figure out the original sender of any image.

WhatsApp’s previous attempts to tackle fake news includes letting users identify forwarded messages and limiting users to five text forwards.

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See The List of Smartphones That Will Stop Having Access To Whatsapp

Here Is The Full List Of Smartphones That Will Cease To Have Whatsapp

Whatsapp who has decided to stop support for millions of old smartphones, phones with older iOS and Android versions.

According to the Facebook-owned company in a notice on its system requirements page, “Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time.”


As such, you should be prepared to lose Whatsapp if your smartphone is running on any of these, so these are the list according to Stuff.com:

1. Android versions 2.3.7 and older iOS 8 and older

All smartphones with Android version of 2.3.7 and older iOS 8 will no longer be able to access Whatsapp.

2. All Windows OS phones

All Windows OS phones from 31 December, 2019

Windows OS phones will stop having access from January 1 2020, followed by older Android and iOS phones after February 1 2020. The FAQ also emphasised that these older version of Android and iOS operating systems “can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts after February 1, 2020.” This basically ends all possibility of using Whatsapp on said devices.
Specifically, these are the most prominent smartphones that will be affected:


3. iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 can only be upgraded until iOS 7.1.2 and is not able to update to the iOS 8.

4. Google Nexus One

The Nexus One currently runs the Google Android 2.3. 6, Gingerbread, operating system and cannot be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.


While the Samsung Galaxy S is stuck at Android Gingerbread, there is a chance to save the Galaxy Nexus S if you so want to. You will need to follow these instructions to upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich in order to keep using Whatsapp.


Finally, it goes without saying that all smartphones utilising the Windows OS will be affected.
If you’re using any of these older smartphones and are dependent on Whatsapp, I would suggest now is the time for a smartphone upgrade. There are plenty currently on sale for you to consider too.