How To Get The Official Dark Mode On WhatsApp [Root Required]


Jul 3, 2019
Tested on OnePlus 7T running the latest stable build of WhatsApp (2.19.352 and 2.19.358) and it worked flawlessly. So, let’s begin :)

Open a File Manager on your Android device that supports root partition access. I would recommend you to go with Solid Explorer

open the root partition and navigate to the below path .

/data/data/com.whatsapp/shared_prefs and open com.whatsapp_preferences.xml

Add the following line

<boolean name="dark_mode" value="true" />

Save and exit.

Force stop whatsapp and then go to whatsapp settings and select dark theme.




Here are some glimpses of WhatsApp in dark mode.


If WhatsApp is reverting to light mode after every app restarts then change the theme of your Android device to dark mode permanently. Apart from that, if your device has an option to lock background apps, enable that option for WhatsApp. It will remain active in the background even after closing all the apps.

In My testing, the official dark mode seemed pretty cohesive and the colors were not inverted in texts, stickers or emojis in the chat window, unlike what we saw with Android 10’s force dark mode. So, if you have already rooted your device, go ahead and follow the steps to get dark mode on WhatsApp right now. And for users who are still on the fence, you need to wait for WhatsApp’s official rollout.
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