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WhatsApp Dark Mode for Web: How to Get Dark Theme on WhatsApp Browser Interface

WhatsApp Dark Mode for Web: How to Get Dark Theme on WhatsApp Browser Interface

WhatsApp Web dark mode is not an officially integrated feature, but you can get it easily without disrupting other pages or installing browser plugins.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 9:18 AM IST
  • Edited by: Shouvik Das

WhatsApp dark mode can now be implemented in the WhatsApp Web browser client as well, without disrupting other browser pages or installing any plugin on to your browser. The dark mode implementation gives users the darkened theme without taking anything away from the performance of other open tabs on your browser, and it is only a simple little trick that gets the job done.

To get dark mode on WhatsApp Web, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Once the WhatsApp Web client is open, right click on the empty area outside of the chats, and click on the ‘inspect page’ tab. If you cannot see an empty area around your WhatsApp browser client, use Ctrl + ‘-‘ (minus) to zoom out.
  2. Once you click on ‘inspect’, a splitscreen view will open up to show you the coding elements of the WhatsApp Web page. On this section, towards the very top of the chart, find the line that reads body class=“web”.
  3. Double-click on this line to switch on the cursor, and change ‘web’ to ‘web dark’. Now, the line of code here should look like body class=“web dark”.

While the background of the chat windows are set to a super dark shade of olive green, the chat tabs are set to a slightly lighter shade. Received messages show up on a grey text snippet, while sent messages are encased in lighter green bubbles. Despite not being officially baked into the WhatsApp Web client’s settings, the overall dark theme looks quite appealing and professionally put together.

WhatsApp Dark Mode on Android and iOS phones were rolled out with much hype and fanfare. Through 2019, it made for the most wanted WhatsApp feature among its 2 billion-odd active users, and going forward, WhatsApp’s implementation of a system-tied dark theme has been received quite well among its audience.

 




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WhatsApp Multi Device Support Coming Soon? New Beta Update Suggests So

WhatsApp login screen showing an upcoming feature of logging in to multiple devices. (Image: WABetaInfo)

WhatsApp login screen showing an upcoming feature of logging in to multiple devices. (Image: WABetaInfo)

Using WhatsApp on multiple devices may soon become a reality, making the app even more flexible.

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  • Last Updated: April 29, 2020, 7:21 PM IST
  • Edited by: Shouvik Das

WhatsApp is seemingly one step closer to rolling out support for one account running on multiple devices. According to the latest beta update for WhatsApp on Android, which comes as WhatsApp for Android Beta 2.20.143, the app shows a new loading screen that follows the main registration screen, which asks users to connect to a Wi-Fi network to proceed further. As revealed by WABetaInfo, attempting to ignore the Wi-Fi connection prompt shows an alert that says, “Using mobile data may be slow, and may use a large amount of your data plan.”

Earlier this month, a preceding beta update had showed a new option to log in to a new device using a WhatsApp account, while being active on one device already. According to a post on Twitter, the ‘Scan QR code’ that may feature on WhatsApp’s new interface would come with a sub-text that clearly states “use WhatsApp on other devices”. This is deemed as a very useful feature, and allow users to simultaneously load the same account on two smartphones, or a smartphone and a tablet. At the moment, it is not quite clear if the multi-device support for WhatsApp would also bring cross-platform usability to WhatsApp as well, such as being simultaneously operational on both Android and iOS.

From what it seems like right now, WhatsApp prompting the use of Wi-Fi while logging in to a device may be because the chat history linked to a WhatsApp account would be transferred between devices, which may be a sizeable file for long time or frequent users of WhatsApp. More importantly, the appearance of the new lock screen suggests that WhatsApp might be inching closer to the unveiling of the much awaited multi device support.

However, it is important to note that this does not quite mean that using WhatsApp on multiple devices will become a reality imminently. WhatsApp’s much in-demand Dark Mode, which was the most discussed feature for the app in 2019, was in beta for months before being rolled out as a stable update in recent times. With the beta features suggesting that this new feature will make it to WhatsApp for sure, it now remains only a question of when.

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Five WhatsApp Features That We Are Waiting For

WhatsApp, which is certainly one of the most commonly used messaging apps, unsurprisingly crossed the one billion downloads benchmark. There are some highly anticipated features that will soon make its way to the app some of which include Dark Mode, self-destructing messages among others. Here’s a quick look at them:

1. Dark Mode

Available for other Facebook-owned apps like Messenger and Instagram, dark mode has not reached WhatsApp yet. With this feature, the interface of the app appears in a dark colour, which is usually black. One of the biggest benefits of this mode apart from being less strenuous on eyes is that it saves the battery. The feature has made its way to the beta version, which means that it won’t be long before it is rolled out for all users.

2. Bigger group capacity:

Till date WhatsApp only allows its users to add up to 256 members in a group, while its rival offers a capacity of adding 5000 members in a group. Hopefully the company will soon expand the number in the coming updates.

3. Own Storage:

Chat backups including text messages and media files is usually done on Google Drive or iCloud for Android or iOS users respectively. If a user switches from an Android device to an iOS device there is no way in which he or she can retrieve their backup.

4. Self Destruct Messages:

This feature primarily allows users to set a timer on the messages after which the message will automatically delete itself. Once the message is deleted it is expected that it will leave no trace of its existence.

5. Secret Chat

This privacy-centric feature could be a great addition to the messaging app. Offered on Telegram, a conversation that takes place in this mode cannot be traced or recorded. The company has claimed that the exchange of messages in this mode does not leave any trace on its servers. Furthermore, if a screenshot of the chat window in Secret Chat mode is taken, then both the parties of the conversation are notified.

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WhatsApp Users, Dark Mode is Finally Rolling Out With Beta For Android: Here is How to Use it

If your Android phone runs Android Q, WhatsApp Dark Mode will be enabled if you have the Dark Mode enabled systemwide—this is the System Default setting.

WhatsApp Users, Dark Mode is Finally Rolling Out With Beta For Android: Here is How to Use it
(Image: WABetaInfo)

Oh dear! It has been a tiring journey. The patient wait for the WhatsApp Dark Mode finally seems to be bearing fruit. The latest WhatsApp for Android beta version is now getting the goodness of the Dark Mode. If you are already testing WhatsApp beta versions on your Android phone, you must now update to version 2.20.13 Android beta to get this new feature.

The good folks over at WABetaInfo report that while the previous beta builds could also get this feature, it would be best if you update to the newest WhatsApp for Android beta to get the Dark Mode. To get to the Dark Mode settings, you need to go to WhatsApp Settings -> Chats and here, you will see the Display settings that include Theme and Wallpaper. Select Theme to choose between Light, Dark and Battery Saver. At the same time, if your Android phone runs the latest Android Q, the WhatsApp Dark Mode feature will be enabled if you have the Dark Mode enabled systemwide on the phone—this is the System Default setting. If you choose the Battery Saver option, Android phones running Android 9 and lower versions of the operating system, will automatically switch between the light and dark themes, as per the Battery Saver settings for Android on your phone.

It appears that when the Dark Mode is enabled, the chat windows adopt a dark background with the chat bubbles having a dark green colour.

As always, this spot of good news comes with a disclaimer. We do not know when the Dark Mode will roll out for all WhatsApp users on Android. This is the first time a wider rollout is happening on the beta versions, and it could require some more testing to ensure all bugs are fixed and that the Dark Mode works seamlessly across all Android phones.

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WhatsApp Clocks 5 Billion Downloads on Android; TikTok is The Second Most Downloaded App

Facebook owns four out of the top five most downloaded apps worldwide, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

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Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp for Android has now notched up a staggering five billion downloads, making it only the second non-Google app to achieve this milestone. According to Statista, WhatsApp is most popular global mobile messenger app worldwide with approximately 1.6 billion monthly active users, outranking Facebook Messenger at 1.3 billion and WeChat at 1.1 billion users in 2019. Following Facebook and YouTube, it is the third most popular social network worldwide. As with most Android applications that reach large amounts of installs, this number does not just include downloads from the Play Store, but also pre-installed copies like Samsung and Huawei has bundled the app with some smartphones in the past, AndroidPolice reported.

As for the Google Play store, South Korea was the fastest-growing WhatsApp market, with downloads of the mobile messaging app increasing almost 56 percent in 2019. Additionally, Google for the first time in five years, unseated Facebook as the top publisher of mobile apps. In the last quarter of 2019, Google amassed close to 850 million downloads compared to Facebook‘s nearly 800 million, analytics firm Sensor Tower revealed recently. When it comes to overall downloads for the year, however, Google still trails behind Facebook.

While Google raked in nearly 2.3 billion downloads, Facebook gained almost 3 billion downloads over the past 12 months. Facebook owns four out of the top five most downloaded apps worldwide, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, that does not come as a surprise. ByteDance-owned video sharing app TikTok was the world’s second-most downloaded app in 2019.


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Good News For WhatsApp Users as Facebook Backs Down on Adverts, But There is a Catch

It seems WhatsApp users have one lesser thing to worry about, at least in the near future. Facebook seems to have decided that it won’t plaster adverts all over your favorite instant messaging app. This spot of good news comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Facebook has disbanded the team that was working on integrating apps into the WhatsApp. It is also believed that the code which this team was in the process of integrating into WhatsApp has also been removed from the app. However, there is usually a catch when it comes to good news. And there is one in this case too. Facebook intends to go ahead with its plan to integrate advertising in the WhatsApp Status.

The plans to integrate advertising within WhatsApp was one of the reasons that led to the fallout between WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton and the Facebook executives, which ultimately saw Koum and Acton exiting the company. They feared advertising would mean a weakening of the end-to-end encryption which the app touts as a major privacy and security feature.

So, here is where things stand at this moment, with regards to Facebook’s plan to monetize the WhatsApp platform. The reported disbanding of the team tasked with injecting advertising into the WhatsApp user experience is clearly a big step back for Facebook. The social media giant always had plans to use the $22 billion acquisition to earn money, and advertising was the simplest method. WhatsApp has recorded unmatched growth since the Facebook acquisition of the instant messaging app back in 2014. The app currently has more than 1.5 billion users globally, and no other rival app comes close.

What perhaps softens the blow is that Facebook intends to go ahead with plans to put advertisements in the WhatsApp Status. WhatsApp Status is a way for users to share photos, videos, text updates or even GIFs to their network, and these disappear after 24 hours. This feature is very similar to Instagram Stories, also an app owned by Facebook. By allowing ads on Statuses, Facebook will let brands connect with customers.

We had reported earlier this month that Facebook has still not given us a timeline as to when Status adverts will roll out on WhatsApp. However, the implementation is expected to work on the fairly simple method that would let users see a quick glimpse at the advertisement that accompanies their status. Users will then have to swipe up to get the details of the advertised product or service.

For a company that has been under fire over the past few years for taking user data privacy a bit too lightly, it will be interesting to see it whether a WhatsApp user’s display picture and how much of a user’s profile data, if at all, will be seen by advertisers.