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WhatsApp's chat bubbles are getting a larger, more rounded look with new colors

Whatsapp Group Message on iPhone X
Whatsapp Group Message on iPhone X (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz/iMore)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is tweaking how its chat bubbles look.
  • The latest beta includes larger, more rounded bubbles that also come in new colors.

The popular messaging app WhatsApp continues to tweak things, this time making changes to how its chat bubbles appear. The changes aren't huge, but you'll definitely notice them if you're a regular user.

First outed by WABetaInfo, the changes are available in the latest build of WhatsApp's TestFlight offering. According to the report, message bubbles are now larger with more rounded corners, while the colors have also been changed slightly.

What's changing? I admit that I was very surprised that a lot of followers on Twitter didn't notice the changes after reading the previous article about chat bubbles. In this case, I've decided to post a screenshot focusing on empty chat bubbles.Rounded bubbles: new chat bubbles look more rounded now. Size: new chat bubbles are larger now. Colors: you can clearly see from the screenshot that colors are different, in particular for dark bubbles. * Old light bubble color: #E1F6CA * New light bubble color: #E2FDD5 * Old dark bubble color: #295F60 * New dark bubble color: #204F46

While the changes are currently only available to those on the closed beta program, we can imagine that they will be made available to the public in due course.

Despite iMessage being the best Mac, iPhone, and iPad messaging option available it's fair to say WhatsApp is still hugely popular — especially among those who want to be able to communicate with people using Android devices without falling back to SMS and MMS.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.