WhatsApp is the latest platform to roll-out a dark mode feature.

The messaging app now allows users to switch to the default light mode or dark mode.

According to WhatsApp, this is to reduce eye strain in low light environments and possibly prevent the awkwardness of having your phone light up the room.

 

They also reveal that they focused on two particular areas:

Readability: When choosing colors, we wanted to minimize eye fatigue and use colors that are closer to the system defaults on iPhone and Android respectively.

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

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

The feature is rolling out in the coming days on the latest version of WhatsApp.