WhatsApp begins testing a darker theme for iOS and fixes bugs on the desktop

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WhatsApp for iOS beta now has a darker theme.
WhatsApp has released a new beta version for iPhone users, which includes a darker theme that better supports iOS 15. The update comes just a few months after WhatsApp added support for iOS 15 notifications, including Focus mode and the display of group and profile photos in the Notification Centre. Separately, WhatsApp has released a new desktop release for beta testers, which includes a number of bug fixes. The updated WhatsApp for Desktop version corrects the display of profile photos. WhatsApp Web is also likely to incorporate the fix made available to desktop beta testers.


WhatsApp for iOS beta is now available with a darker theme, according to WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo. The update is more in line with the UI elements of iOS 15.

More beta testers will be able to see their profile photos in notifications as a result of the update. However, the experience was initially made available to a limited number of users in January.

Furthermore, the most recent WhatsApp for iOS beta release is said to bring improved compatibility with iOS 15 as well as bug fixes. The beta version, on the other hand, should be downloaded only for a secondary account and for testing purposes.


WhatsApp for Desktop beta version 2.2211.3 has been released separately to address the bugs that have been identified thus far. One of the bugs involved profile and group photos that did not appear on the chats screen.

According to WABetaInfo, the updated beta release has fixed that bug and now displays profile photos for both users and groups. The same fix is said to be included in the most recent WhatsApp Desktop stable release as well as its Web client.

WABetaInfo has shared a screenshot to demonstrate the difference, in which the toolbar at the bottom is black rather than grey. The latter is included in the current WhatsApp release, while the former is included in the most recent beta release.
WhatsApp reintroduced the ability to pause and resume voice message recordings for Android beta testers earlier this week. It was also seen experimenting with a Stickers tab on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. WhatsApp recently began rolling out multi-device support to all users. It was first released in November.


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