WHATSAPP has tabled plans to bring five new accent colours to the messaging app, according to reports from beta testers.
Before any app makes adds or removes features for its whole userbase, a handful of beta testers get to try them out first.
Behind-the-scenes code suggests users will be able to use the theme picker and apply accent colours.
Accent colours can be applied to the message counts on the right side of the chat list, the ring around the status updates, the colours of the selected tabs at the bottom, and some buttons on the interface.
The five colours WhatsApp reportedly plans on using are green, blue, off-white, pink and purple.
WhatsApp’s iOS users have long wanted more customisation features.
The five-way colour accents for iOS users are still under development.
So there’s a possibility they will never roll out to the entire userbase.
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“Dear @WhatsApp why the new colour? Is the new shade of green necessary?,” one user asked on X (formerly Twitter).
Another wrote: “@WhatsApp the new colour scheme and experience is AWFUL!! DO NOT ROLL THIS OUT.”
A third wrote: “The new WhatsApp colour scheme at least on Android is sooo s**t I might puke.”
It’s unclear if WhatsApp will row back on its colour update for Android users.
Can I become a beta tester?
If you’re an Android user who’s curious about becoming a beta tester, just follow these steps:
- Head over to the WhatsApp beta test page on the Google Play website.
- Log in to the Google account that you use on your Android device.
- If you’ve multiple account sign-in enabled, click your user icon in the top-right and choose the preferred one.
- Click the button that says “Become A Tester”
If you’re an equally interested iPhone owner, then we have some sad new: WhatsApp’s iOS beta test team is currently full.
But you can check back here to see if anything changes.
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