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WhatsApp’s user interface has evolved significantly over the years (Picture: Meta/WhatsApp)

WhatsApp is preparing to rollout a massive makeover of the world’s most popular messaging app. 

Owned by Meta, the platform says it will release the update, thought to be its largest in years, in the coming weeks to improve its service and enhance user experience. 

Early peeks at the new design show the app looking fresher and more streamlined than previous iterations.

Notably, WhatsApp’s ‘dark-mode’ is apparently getting an even-darker overhaul.

The app said: ‘We heard that people wanted a darker dark mode. 

‘We focused on higher contrast and deeper tones to reduce eye strain in low-light environments.

‘We’re making it one shade darker for improved visual appeal and legibility.’

The new update will reportedly feature an ‘even darker’ dark mode (Picture: Getty Images)

Why is WhatsApp now a different green?

That familiar green has been a hallmark of the Meta-owned messaging app’s brand identity since 2020, its freshness likely designed to reassure users of the platform’s commitment to growth, development and security.

Perhaps that’s why the app has undertaken to now use an even paler and fresher hue. 

The updated aesthetic will also see the famous block of the colour disappear from the top of the app, with the lighter shade confined only to the logo and notification icons. 

Announcing the changes, the platform said: ‘WhatsApp should feel fresh, fun and yours with a look that’s familiar and native to your device.’

The changes also bring the format for IOS and Android into closer alignment (Picture: Meta/WhatsApp)

What other changes can we expect?

WhatsApp has added they want their new design to ‘enhance simplicity, be scalable and future proof.’

The app claims the new layout will make it easier for people to add attachments, such as media, polls and documents, as well as filtering through existing conversations to find the messages they’re looking for. 

People will also now be able to share screens and audio clips during video calls, as well as drawing on a host of exciting updated illustrations in line with the apps commitment to a ‘fun’ experience. 

User icons will also be changed to an ‘outlined’ style, lit up when the person has updated their status, to feature alongside new animations and a different default background to before. 

Navigation has similarly been streamlined, with the menu bar moved to the bottom of the screen for Android users, as they have been for some time for iPhone users. 

A timeline for the rollout has not yet been announced.

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