February 14 is approaching, love is in the air and your WhatsApp cannot be left out of Valentine's Day.
In case you didn't know, the most popular messaging application in the world allows you to activate a special mode for Valentine's Day. It is free and very easy to install.
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To tune your WhatsApp in Valentine's Day mode, the first thing you should do is download an app called Nova Launcher from the Google PlayStore, an Android application that falls within the group of operating system launchers. Among other features, this app will give you the option to customize the appearance of your device, screens, icons, backgrounds and styles.
Valentine's Day mode in WhatsApp: what it is and how to activate it for free and what are the risks of using it. (Photo: AdobeStock)
It is important to clarify that Nova Launcher is not part of WhatsApp nor was it developed by Meta. Although in theory it does not cause any damage to your account, nor does it ask you for access codes, any problem that its use may cause will not be attended to by the official support of the messaging platform.
Nova Launcher, then, is simply an add-on to change the appearance of the app, which also has a paid option, with more features, called Nova Launcher Prime. But in this case it is not necessary to download it.
After installing it, you must open the app. Within its settings, I chose Create a new layout, or I chose a ready-made one. In this way, your smartphone will have two different appearances: the one that comes by default and the one that you can use with Nova Launcher.
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Once this app was installed, I followed the following steps:
1. Establish Nova Launcher as your default desktop.
2. Now, this step depends on your skills: you will have to search on Google for a Valentine's Day image that represents you, that you like or that you think looks cute as a replacement for the WhatsApp logo. As a suggestion, you can enter “WhatsApp logo Valentine's Day” in the search engine, and you will see many options.
3. Once the image has been downloaded as a PNG to your cell phone, open Nova Launcher, look for the WhatsApp icon and choose the Edit option.
4. Now select the image you had saved of the Valentine's Day icon and that's it.
From then on, every time you start your smartphone with the Nova Launcher “launcher”, you will see the new WhatsApp icon. When you get bored, simply change your device settings to start with the original “launcher” and you will see it again in its usual appearance.