WhatsApp dark mode just came to desktop — how to try it now

WhatsApp dark mode for desktop
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WhatsApp dark mode for desktop is one of the most practical upgrades that came to the popular messaging platform this month. As such, you might be wondering how to try it out for yourself.

Whether desktop is your preferred venue for WhatsApp, or you use WhatsApp for desktop when you can't check your smartphone in a pinch, you can start using dark mode whenever you're online.

In addition to dark mode for desktop, the most recent WhatsApp update introduced animated stickers and QR codes for contacts. UI improvements for group video calls and status support for KaiOS users are welcome additions, too. 

Before now, you could already use WhatsApp dark mode for your mobile device. Although there were a few workarounds and third-party plugins to enable a version of dark mode for desktop, this is the first time WhatsApp itself is offering the easy-on-the-eyes option to web users. 

WhatsApp dark mode for desktop is worth enabling, especially if you're logging into the website often. Not only is it softer on your eyes, but it also saves on your  device's battery if it uses an OLED screen. Plus, it looks pretty slick.

Here's how to turn on WhatsApp dark mode for desktop right now. And for more tips and tricks, check out our complete guide on how to use WhatsApp.

How to turn on WhatsApp dark mode for desktop

(Image credit: WhatsApp)

1. Open https://web.whatsapp.com/ and make sure you're signed into your account.

2. Click the three dots icon (⋮) above your chat history.

3. Click 'Settings' from the drop down menu.

4. Select 'Theme' from the settings menu beneath your profile.

5. Toggle on 'Dark' from the theme pop out menu to turn on WhatsApp dark mode for desktop. 

Kate Kozuch

Kate Kozuch is the managing editor of social and video at Tom’s Guide. She covers smartwatches, TVs and audio devices, too. Kate appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom's Guide TikTok account, which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her taking up a new sport, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.