WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.20.30.25: what’s new?

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After releasing the 2.20.10 update, supporting Low Data Mode and some iOS 13 features, WhatsApp is finally introducing the most in demand feature publicly: the Dark Theme!
Continue to read the article to discover all the details about the update..

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
  • You need to update WhatsApp to the 2.20.30.25 beta version from TestFlight, in order to enable the Dark Mode feature. Other features listed below are available in this update.
  • WhatsApp Business beta for iOS 2.20.30.16 already supports the dark theme.
  • The WhatsApp Messenger and Business 2.20.20 App Store iOS releases won’t receive the feature remotely. It’s necessary to update to the beta version. The Dark Theme will be released for stable versions later.
  • If you have already updated to the most recent beta version available and you don’t see the feature, please back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp if you don’t want to wait more.
    Every time you reinstall WhatsApp, the most updated configurations from the server are downloaded, enabling the feature for you.
  • If you have reinstalled the app and the feature persists to not be enabled, unfortunately the only thing that you can do is to wait the next update: the feature will be automatically enabled very soon for everyone, when WhatsApp will start to expand the test!
WhatsApp Messenger (2.20.90.23)LAST SLOT AVAILABILITY
445 days, 8 hours, 35 minutes and 52 seconds ago
BETA PROGRAM CLOSED

The beta program is currently closed.
Check out TestFlight or Twitter daily to discover new availabilities.

DARK THEME

After releasing the Dark theme for 2.20.13 Android beta update, I’m very happy to announce that WhatsApp is finally rolling out the Dark Theme for iOS beta users today!
We’ve been waiting so long for this. WhatsApp started to work on the Dark Theme with the official 2.18.100 update (October 22, 2018!).
Finally, thanks to iOS 13, WhatsApp has decided to release the feature. The developed Dark Theme is an improved version of the previous one that WhatsApp was working on, with no battery drain, supporting official iOS 13 APIs and it respects Apple guidelines (exactly like Instagram).
The Dark Theme uses iOS 13 APIs to understand if the system uses dark colors: when the user enables Dark Mode, from the control center, WhatsApp will start to automatically present dark UI elements.
Seen that WhatsApp only uses iOS 13 APIs, WhatsApp doesn’t offer a Dark theme for lower iOS versions than iOS 13 (the same happened for Instagram, in fact the concept is very similar).
When you update to the beta version, open WhatsApp, wait until a connection is found and kill WhatsApp: open WhatsApp again and you can start to use the dark theme.
WhatsApp for iOS has a Dark Splash Screen (with a redesigned WhatsApp Logo):

Once opened, WhatsApp will show the dark chats list:

Opening a chat, WhatsApp will show Dark Bubbles and a Dark Wallpaper (they are dynamic, so when you switch the theme, their style will be changed too).
Bubbles that announce end-to-end encryption have a text yellow color:

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Any other section is automatically turned to dark colors:

WhatsApp had great attention to any detail, adding Dark Solid Colors:

The dark UI is also available for the Share section:

WhatsApp for iOS also supports a second configuration of the Dark Theme. You can choose to enable Increase contrast in your iPhone Settings in order to enable the second configuration, that uses lighter dark colors for some UI elements.
If the feature is not available for you, and you have already followed our suggestions to get it, don’t worry: WhatsApp has started to roll out the feature, so you will receive it very soon!
Stay tuned on our Twitter to learn more when WhatsApp will completely roll out the feature!

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BLUR EFFECT FOR WALLPAPER

When you want to delete or forward multiple messages, WhatsApp will blur the current wallpaper:

ADVANCED SEARCH MODE

We talked one year ago about a new feature under development called Advanced Search Mode.
On the occasion of the next WhatsApp anniversary, WhatsApp has decided to enable this feature for beta testers today!

Using the new advanced search mode, you are now able to search specific message types, looking through the list of all media stored on your device.
Two views are available: Grid and Captions.

In order to use this feature, WhatsApp needs to index your entire chat history. It might need some time, based on your chat history size. Tap the search bar and wait in order to start the process!

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IOS 13 CONTEXT MENU

In the previous 2.20.10.23 beta version, WhatsApp was working to support the official iOS 13 context menu, but the feature was disabled after an update for unknown reasons.
Today, with the latest beta update, the context menu is finally available again with the Haptic Touch support!


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