The fascination with Dark Mode is on the rise, iOS 13 has it, Instagram has it, Gmail has it. In fact, almost 100+ app supports Dark Mode on iOS 13. Though our beloved WhatsApp is somehow lagging behind in this race. While rumors are making the round that the feature is just around the corner for the mobile app. But what about WhatsApp Web??
For people like me who work on their PC (Mac or otherwise) probably more than their smartphones, the web version of the app is quite convenient. And having a dark theme will manifold the ease and fun of using this feature. This is why I would like to share a smart and sneaky way to activate Dark Mode on WhatsApp Web on Mac and Windows PC.
Though I should forewarn you that this not a conventional way of adapting Dark Mode. But trust me, I have tried and tested the method, and I could not spot anything fishy.
How to Get WhatsApp Dark Mode on Desktops Running on macOS or Windows
First and foremost, let us start by thanking “M4heshd,” a XDA member who has developed the styling mod dubbed as WADark that can turn on WhatsApp dark mode on desktop. As per the developer, the theme will not interfere with any other underlying code. Further, it is an open-source and secure code that you can see and build yourself as well.
It is not a third-party client, so your messages and data are safe and sound. See, nothing fishy here. However, the method carries a few limitations so lets discuss those before we move ahead.
Considerations Before You Turn On or Turn Off WhatsApp Dark Mode on Desktop
- WhatsApp Web App – The code runs only for the app that has been downloaded from WhatsApp’s official website. The script will not work with the Mac App Store or Microsoft Store’s versions.
- Download WADark – Well, this one obvious! You have to download the theme for GitHub. It would be a zipped file, so extract its content in advance to keep the process smooth.
How to Enable WhatsApp Dark Mode on Mac or Windows
Step #1. Open the WhatsApp Web app on your Mac or Windows.
Step #2. Scan the code on screen to log in or skip the step if you are already logged in.
Step #3. Now, run the styling mod – WADark (Mac) or WADark.exe (Windows).
Note: Your computer might stop the file from running as it an external file.
Give the necessary permissions or change your security settings to allow the mod to run.
Step #4. The program will take a few seconds.
Once done, your WhatsApp Web app shall automatically pop-up with a new stylish Dark Mode.
I must admit, I quite like the feel of this new theme on my WhatsApp Web. Though, the developer suggests that we should not delete the script folder after the installation. As the coding is such that the script automatically creates a backup of your original WhatsApp source. Yes!! This allows you to revert back to the original version, whenever you want.
How to Disable WhatsApp Dark Mode on Mac or Windows
Step #1. Make sure you are logged in to Whatsapp Web on your Mac or Windows PC.
Step #2. Run the styling mod – WADark (Mac) or WADark.exe (PC).
Step #3. The terminal window/command prompt will ask if you want to restore the backup file. Type Y and Enter.
Step #4. Allow the mod to run, and after some time, WhatsApp Web will pop-up with Light Mode.
It’s time to go on the Darker side
After enabling Dark Mode on WhatsApp Web, I am desperately missing the theme on my mobile app. So much so, that I am planning to start a petition, demanding WhatsApp to hurry up. After all most all other apps have it, even Facebook Messenger supports the feature.
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