Little trick to activate the official dark mode of WhatsApp

The dark mode or "dark mode" by WhatsApp It is one of the most anticipated features of the famous messaging app. Here in the blog we have seen how to activate the dark theme in Chrome for Android, and also how to enable the dark mode in Android at the system level. Today however, we are going to take a look at a rather curious method to achieve the official WhatsApp dark mode on any Android phone, regardless of the model or operating system that we are using.

It is a trick that has been circulating on the Internet in recent days, and although I personally would not recommend it –then I will explain why-, we must admit that it turns out clever enough as to be taken into consideration. Therefore, first we are going to see how it works and then if we try to draw our own conclusions about whether it is worth it or not.

How to activate the dark mode of WhatsApp on any Android

The first thing to mention is that it is not necessary to have the phone rooted to achieve the black mode of WhatsApp. The trick in what it consists of is to activate the developer options that are included in the WhatsApp betas and that they are usually hidden from the user.

WhatsApp is currently testing the dark mode in its most recent betas, so we will only need to "make a couple of tweaks" so that all these secret settings are visible and we can start using them right away.

Step # 1: Install the necessary tools

To achieve our goal we will need a couple of applications called VMOS and WA Tweaker. VMOS is a tool with which we can create a virtual machine within our Android. In this way, we will create a controlled environment where we will have root permissions and the necessary utilities to carry out our objective. We can download VMOS directly from the Google Play Store.

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WA Tweaker It is the key that will help us unlock the hidden features included in the WhatsApp betas. This tool requires that we have root permissions to work (hence we have to install the VMOS app as well). We can download the APK of WA Tweaker from its official website, by clicking on the button "Download universal APK”.

Finally, we will also have to have a recent beta of WhatsApp. To do this, we can sign up for the WhatsApp test program or download an APK from a recent beta (such as 2.19.282 available via APK Mirror).

Step # 2: Configure VMOS

Now that we have everything ready, it is time to get into flour. We open VMOS and once the Android virtual machine is started (at first it takes a while) we click on the icon of the yellow folder that appears on the desktop. Here we select the WhatsApp and WA Tweaker applications and click the "to import”.

Next, click on the icon "Settings”(Gear wheel). From here we go to "System Settings -> Phone Information"And click 7 times on the"Build number”. This will display the “Developer options”. We went in and we activate the root permissions in our virtual machine. Then we restart the machine for the changes to take effect.

Step # 3: Configure WA Tweaker

At this time we are entering the most delicate point of the process: unlock hidden WhatsApp options. To do this, we go back into VMOS, open WhatsApp and configure it for the first time (remember that this is a new installation of the app, so you will have to configure it again).

The next step is to open WA Tweaker. The app will request administrator permissions, and once granted, we will access a menu with a lot of hidden functions that we can enable for our WhatsApp. We locate the option "Activate dark mode”And we activate the tab.

If we go back to WhatsApp we will see how now within the settings menu a new option appears called “Theme. Click and select the topic "Dark”. Night mode will automatically be activated throughout the WhatsApp interface. Achieved!


As I said at the beginning of the post, although we are facing a method that works, it is not something that I personally would use to communicate on WhatsApp. The reasons would be mainly 3:

  • It is not practical: Managing WhatsApp from a virtual machine is not something that is exactly comfortable. It is a little slower than normal, and also unless we enter VMOS there is no way that we will find out about the notifications that are coming to us.
  • It consumes a lot of battery: Keeping a virtual machine running supposes a notable consumption of battery, which can considerably reduce the autonomy of our mobile.
  • They can ban our account: WhatsApp does not support phones with custom ROMs or rooted. Therefore, if they detect that we are using the application in an environment with administrator permissions, they can block our account (which would not be fun at all). I have performed this trick in person to verify it works and I have not had any problems, but it is too high a risk to jump into the pool without more.

That said, I think it is an excellent method to test the application, and it can be a great tool to know first-hand all the news that WhatsApp is working on (as long as we do not use our own personal number to do the tests).

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