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Yet more confirmation of WhatsApp dark mode has appeared, suggesting that its release could be about to happen.

Facebook, which owns the messaging app, freshly underwent a rebranding makeover, with a new logo and typeface. That new logo can now be found tucked away in the install files for the latest WhatsApp beta release, where it will be used as a footer and on the splash screen.

As WABetaInfo explains, there are two versions of the new Facebook branding in the install files: one for light backgrounds and another for dark ones.

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The updated Facebook branding, as it will appear in WhatsApp

These little additions are the kind of finishing touches that could be added at the final stages of development and recommend that dark mode for WhatsApp could be just weeks away – for beta testers, anyway.

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If you want to be first to try it when it becomes accessible, you’ll need to sign up for the WhatsApp beta program. You can join the Android beta program via Google Play but bear in mind that it may take a few hours before you can download the app. The iOS beta program is presently full, but if spaces open up you’ll be competent to sign up through Apple TestFlight.

What to expect

Based on earlier dives through the app’s asset files, we already know that there are probable to be two dark modes for WhatsApp: one that’s typically dark gray/teal, and another that’s mainly black. The latter may well be intended for phones with AMOLED screens, as black pixels on these displays are in fact turned off, helping save power.

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There are a variety of assets for both color schemes in the install files, including a pair of default wallpapers that are recolored versions of the app’s standard light gray background pattern.

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There are also recolored chat bubbles, icons, and buttons – and with the addition of the new Facebook branding, it seems like approximately everything is in place. We’ll keep you updated and let you know as soon as WhatsApp dark mode is accessible for testing.

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