WhatsApp's latest beta includes new iPhone UI tweaks

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

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp has made some changes to its interface when in dark mode.
  • A new report says changes have been made to the WhatsApp look when using iOS 15.
  • The changes are available to those using the latest WhatsApp beta.

WhatsApp's latest TestFlight beta for iPhone includes a couple of user interface tweaks as the social network continues to make small changes to an already hugely popular app.

According to a new report by WhatsApp watchers WABetaInfo, the latest version release is now available to beta testers. While the update doesn't seem to have any big new feature updates but does add support for a darker dark mode via a couple of small interface changes that are available to iOS 15 users.

The company is now releasing the WhatsApp beta for iOS update, which brings the official support for the latest iOS update, bringing some changes about the interface:

Wabateinfo Whatsapp Interface Changes

Wabateinfo Whatsapp Interface Changes (Image credit: WABetaInfo)

As you can see in this screenshot, the toolbar is totally dark now if no other UI elements are close to the toolbar, and the same applies to the navigation bar in WhatsApp Settings. In other words, the theme is darker now. Note that the changes are only visible if you're using iOS 15

It's surely only a matter of time before these same tweaks are available to everyone via the version of WhatsApp that can be downloaded via the App Store, although it's fair to say that people are unlikely to notice anything huge.

WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone and Mac apps for people who need to stay in touch with those using Android devices. Those people don't have access to iMessage, making third-party apps like WhatsApp and Telegram vital.

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.