How to Change WhatsApp Theme
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How to Change WhatsApp Theme and Background Wallpaper

In this post, you’ll see the steps to change the theme on WhatsApp.

You’ll also view the steps to change the background wallpaper on WhatsApp. Let’s start.

Change WhatsApp Theme

Android

Open the WhatsApp app and tap three vertical dots at the top right.

Select Settings > Chats.

Tap “Theme” under the “Display” section, and you can see these three options:

Choose theme popup
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  • System default – This applies Android’s dark mode state to WhatsApp. For instance, if your Android device is in dark mode, WhatsApp will also be in the dark theme.
  • Light – To remove dark mode on WhatsApp.
  • Dark – Enable the dark theme.

Choose the one you prefer. Tap “OK.”

iPhone

WhatsApp is on a dark theme if the iPhone is in dark mode. Otherwise, WhatsApp will also not be in the dark.

Depending on your wish, turn on or off iPhone dark mode, and the change will reflect on WhatsApp.

Here’s how to turn on or off dark mode on your iPhone:

Open “Settings” and hit “Display & Brightness.”

Choose “Light” (to turn off) or “Dark” (to turn on) under “Appearance.”

Appearance section
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That’s it.

Note: If you want the dark mode enabled or disabled only for a certain period, choose “Automatic.” You can set the time to your liking.

See: How to Pin Chat on WhatsApp

Web

Open WhatsApp Web and click on three vertical dots on the top left sidebar.

Select “Settings” between “Starred messages” and “Log out.”

Select “Theme,” and you can see these three options: 

  • Light – To disable dark mode on WhatsApp Web.
  • Dark – To enable dark mode on WhatsApp Web.
  • System default – Apply the system’s dark mode state to WhatsApp Web. For instance, if your system isn’t in dark mode, the Web is also not in the dark theme.

Pick the one you prefer and click the “OK” button.

See: How to Mark as Unread in WhatsApp

Desktop

Open the WhatsApp Desktop app and hit the “Gear” icon in the bottom left.

You can see the “App color theme” drop-down list in the “Display” section in the popup.

Open it, and you can see these three options:

  • System default – Apply the system’s dark mode state to the Desktop app. For instance, if your system isn’t in dark mode, the app is also not in the dark theme.
  • Light – To disable dark mode on WhatsApp Desktop.
  • Dark – To put dark mode on the Desktop app.

Click on “Ok” to restart the app.

Change Specific WhatsApp Chat Wallpaper

You can’t change the chat wallpaper for individual chats on WhatsApp Web and the Desktop app.

But you can do this in the WhatsApp app, and here’s how on Android or iPhone:

Android

Open the WhatsApp app and hit the group or contact chat in the “Chats” tab.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top right and select “Wallpaper” beneath “Disappearing messages.”

If you’re on a dark theme, you can see your current wallpaper, and beneath it, you can view “Change.” Tap on it.

Change option
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Choose the wallpaper you prefer. If you like the default one, select “Default Wallpaper.”

You can see the preview and select the “Set Wallpaper” button at the bottom.

In the popup, you’ll see these two options:

Set wallpaper popup
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  • For all chats in (dark or light) theme – Applies wallpaper to all the conversations in the dark or light theme except the ones where you set the custom wallpaper.

Here, I choose the former. Tap “OK,” and that’s all.

The slider beneath “Wallpaper Dimming” is for brightness. Slide it to the right to decrease the brightness and to the left to increase it. It only applies if you’re in the dark theme.

If you want to remove the wallpaper you set for the chat, follow the steps above and see “Remove custom wallpaper.” Tap it. In the popup, select “Remove.”

iPhone

Slide the chat to the left in WhatsApp’s “Chats” tab and hit “More.”

Select “Group Info” or “Contact Info,” depending on what you see.

Tap “Wallpaper & Sound” between “Mute” and “Save to Camera Roll.”

Select “Choose a New Wallpaper” under “Custom Wallpaper” and select the one you prefer.

Choose a New Wallpaper
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You can view the preview, and if you like it, tap “Set” at the bottom.

That’s it.

Keep in mind that the slider at the bottom is for brightness. Slide it to the right to lower the brightness and to the left to raise it. It only applies if you’re in the dark theme.

To remove the wallpaper you set for the WhatsApp chat, follow the steps above and tap “Remove Custom Wallpaper.” Select “Remove Custom Wallpaper.”

Change WhatsApp Background Wallpaper (All Chats)

Remember:

  • The following steps don’t override the wallpaper you set for individual chats.
  • The wallpaper you set in the light theme won’t be available in the dark theme and vice versa. In other words, set the wallpaper for each one separately.
  • You can’t do this task on the WhatsApp Desktop app.
  • You can’t change the WhatsApp home screen wallpaper.

Let’s see the steps to do this on Android, Web, and iPhone.

Android

Launch WhatsApp and tap the three vertical dots at the top right.

Select Settings > Chats > Wallpaper (above “Enter is send“).

Tap “Change” and choose the one you prefer. If you like the default wallpaper, select “Default Wallpaper.”

You can now see the preview and select “Set Wallpaper” at the bottom.

Notes

  • The slider beneath “Wallpaper Dimming” is for brightness. Slide it to the right to decrease the brightness and to the left to increase it. You can see the slider only if you’re in the dark theme.
  • You can reset all the WhatsApp wallpapers. Here’s how: follow the steps above. After tapping “Change,” you’ll see three vertical dots at the top right. Tap “Reset wallpaper settings” and select “Reset” in the popup.

iPhone

In WhatsApp, select “Settings” at the bottom. Select “Chats” and “Chat Wallpaper.”

You can see “Choose Dark Mode Wallpaper” if your iPhone is in dark mode. Otherwise, you can see “Choose a New Wallpaper.”

Choose Dark Mode Wallpaper
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Select it and choose the wallpaper you prefer. If you like the default wallpaper, tap “Default Wallpaper.”

You can now see the preview and tap “Set” at the bottom.

Notes

  • You can adjust the brightness of the wallpaper by using the slider at the bottom. Slide it to the right to decrease and to the left to increase brightness. You can view the slider only if you’re in the dark theme.
  • The “Reset” option at the top will reset all WhatsApp wallpapers. If you wish, tap on it and select “Reset” from the popup.

Web

Open the WhatsApp Web.

Click on the three vertical dots at the top right of the left sidebar.

Select “Settings” and “Chat wallpaper” between “Theme” and “Request Account Info.”

Choose the wallpaper you prefer. If you like the default one, select “Default.”

If you want WhatsApp doodles on the wallpaper, select “Add WhatsApp Doodles.” Otherwise, unselect it.