WhatsApp Beta for iOS to soon get dark mode, low data mode among other features

On top of the app layout itself, shared location maps, too, will reportedly appear in shades of grey and black in dark mode.

WhatsApp might finally roll out dark mode for its users this year. While it's unfortunate that it has not happened already, there are already many hacks to get dark mode on WhatsApp without waiting for the official rollout. Now, a report reveals that WhatsApp Beta for iOS has started receiving dark mode along with a couple of other new features in the latest iOS update.

In the iOS update, users are likely to see dark mode, low data mode and contacts integration feature, as per a recent report by WABetaInfo. It is being speculated that the same changes will also appear in the Android update.

(Also read: WhatsApp is reportedly working on a 'delete messages' feature on its Android beta app)

Men pose with smartphones in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic - RC1754A449A0

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(Also read: How to enable WhatsApp dark mode on Android and iOS devices)

Here are the new features that you will see in the latest  iOS update:

Dark mode

A screenshot shared in the report suggests that in dark mode, the shared location map in addition to the app layout itself, will appear in shades of grey and black.

Dark mode. Image: WABetaInfo

Dark mode. Image: WABetaInfo

This is being tested in WhatsApp Beta as of now, and chances are we might soon see these updates in the stable version of WhatsApp as well.

(Also read: WhatsApp will allow you to use the same account on multiple devices soon)

Low data mode

The low data mode will reportedly restrict auto-download of media files, voice messages on WhatsApp when the iPhone is working on cellular network. In short, it will reduce the amount of network data usage when you aren't on WiFi.

Low data mode in iOS. Image: WABetaInfo

Low data mode in iOS. Image: WABetaInfo

While this is already a setting in iPhones, WhatsApp is expected to be compatible with this mode going forward. As per the report, to enable it, you simply have to go the Settings>Cellular>Cellular data options>Low data mode.

Low data mode. Image: WABetaInfo

Low data mode. Image: WABetaInfo

Contacts Integration

In this feature, the report suggests that whenever you are sharing a document or any media file from your iPhone, you will now be able to see some suggested WhatsApp contacts, groups along with Airdrop and Mail options. You can now share multimedia directly with some suggested WhatsApp contacts via this new iOS share sheet.

Contacts integration. Image: WABetaInfo

Contacts integration. Image: WABetaInfo

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