WhatsApp User Choosing Dark Mode Wallpaper for Chat
Khamosh Pathak

WhatsApp can automatically change its theme based on the system-level dark mode setting on your iPhone or Android. But did you know that you can set a different chat wallpaper based on light or dark mode?

You can now set two different chat wallpapers, one for light mode and another for dark mode. Oddly enough, your iPhone or Android smartphone needs to be in the particular mode (light or dark) to set the chat wallpaper to the light theme or the dark theme.

How to Set Different Wallpapers in WhatsApp on Android

On your Android smartphone, open the WhatsApp app and tap the three-dot menu button from the top-right corner.

Tap Menu button from WhatsApp on Android

From the context menu, choose the “Settings” option.

Select Settings from WhatsApp Menu

Here, go to the “Chats” section.

Select Chat

Now, select the “Wallpaper” button.

Select Wallpaper from Chat

You’ll see a current preview of the wallpaper. If you’re in Light mode, you’ll see a light theme wallpaper at the top. Tap the “Change” option.

Tap Change for Wallpaper

You can only change the wallpaper for the mode you’re in. If you want to change the dark mode wallpaper, first switch to dark mode in Android.

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Then you can select a wallpaper from the “Bright,” “Dark,” “Solid Colors,” or “My Photos” sections.

Select Wallpaper

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After selecting a photo, you’ll see a preview of it. Here, tap the “Set Wallpaper” option.

Tap Set Wallpaper on Android

When you’re in dark mode, you can also use the “Wallpaper Dimming” option to dim the wallpaper’s brightness.

Wallpaper Dimming on Android

How to Set Different Wallpapers in WhatsApp on iPhone

The process of setting different chat wallpapers for light and dark mode on iPhone is slightly different.

Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone and go to the “Settings” tab. Here, choose the “Chats” option.

Select Chats from WhatsApp Settings

Now go to the “Chat Wallpaper” section.

Select Chat Wallpaper

If you’re in light mode, you’ll see a “Choose a New Wallpaper” option here.

Tap Choose a New Wallpaper in WhatsApp

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If you’re in dark mode, you’ll see the “Choose Dark Mode Wallpaper” option.

Tap Choose Dark Mode Wallpaper

From the next screen, choose from the “Bright,” “Dark,” or “Solid Colors” collection. If you want to choose your own photo, tap the “Photos” option.

Select Dark Wallpaper

Browse around and tap a photo to choose it.

Select the Wallpaper

Select the “Set” button to use it as the wallpaper for all of your chats.

Tap Set to Set the Wallpaper

You’ll now see the preview in the Chat Wallpaper window.

RELATED: How to Enable Dark Mode on your iPhone and iPad

If you’re setting up the dark mode wallpaper, you’ll see a wallpaper dimming slider at the bottom. Using this, you can dim the wallpaper brightness to make it more suitable in dark mode.

Wallpaper Dimming in WhatsApp for iPhone


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Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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