How to Activate YouTube Dark Mode
YouTube is a dark place filled with misinformation and radicalization rabbit holes, so it isn’t a great idea to spend a lot of time following its breadcrumb trail of suggested videos. But if you or a loved one still insist on doing so — or are brashly confident in your unique ability to resist the YouTube algorithm Pied Piper — dimming the video streaming platform’s background by turning on its night mode could help reduce glare.
Here’s how to turn on dark mode when using YouTube’s desktop website.
- Open YouTube.
- If you’re logged in, click on the profile icon in the top right corner. If you aren’t logged in, click on the “⋮” vertical ellipsis in the top right corner. This will open a menu.
- Click “Appearance” (it will be next to a crescent moon icon). This will open another menu.
- Choose “Dark theme.” You can also choose “Light theme” if you want to switch back, or “Use device theme” if you want YouTube to conform to the rest of your computer’s theme settings.
Here’s how to turn on dark mode in the YouTube mobile app.
- Open YouTube.
- Tap on the profile icon in the top right corner. This will open a menu.
- Tap “Settings,” then tap “General.”
- Tap the “Dark theme” toggle to turn the mode on or off.
YouTube’s night mode won’t do anything to stop your brain’s slide into dangerous conspiracy theories. But at least it might save your eyes some strain.
YouTube’s dark mode provides an easier-on-the-eyes viewing experience. It’s particularly nice when watching videos in the dark or at night. YouTube’s dark theme is available on the YouTube website and in YouTube’s mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
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Enable Dark Mode On the Web
Enable Dark Mode On iPhone and iPad
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On YouTube’s desktop website, click your profile icon found in the top-right corner of the page. Then select the “Appearance: Device Theme” option in the menu.
If you aren’t signed in, click the menu button (it looks like three vertical dots) instead. You’ll find the same “Appearance: Device Theme” option here.
By default, YouTube will follow your computer’s system-wide theme settings. Choose “Dark Theme” from the following page. This setting applies to your current web browser only, so you’ll have to enable the dark theme on each computer you use—it doesn’t sync with your Google account.
To undo this change, click your profile picture or three-button menu button again, select “Appearance: Dark,” and choose “Use Device Theme” (if your computer is using a system-wide light mode) or “Light Theme.”
For a complete dark mode on your desktop, enable dark mode in your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge browser. You can also enable a dark theme in Gmail, too. You can also activate Windows 10’s built-in dark mode.
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Next, tap “Settings” found at the bottom of the menu that appears.
Choose the “General” option.
Finally, toggle on “Dark Theme.”
To use YouTube’s normal light theme again, return to this submenu and toggle off the “Dark Theme” slider.
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As with the other platforms, the YouTube for Android app follows your device’s system-wide theme settings. But if you don’t want everything on your Android phone or tablet to be in dark mode, you can manually change it in the YouTube app.
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Start by opening the app on your Android device and tapping on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen.
Next, select the “Settings” option found at the bottom of the menu.
From there, choose “General.”
Select “Appearance” from the list of options. This menu is where you can choose between a dark and light theme.
The “Use Device Theme” option will be highlighted by default. Select “Dark Theme” to instantly transform the YouTube app’s interface.
Return to the Appearance menu anytime you want to revert back to the Light theme!
- Select your profile picture.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Appearance.
- Select Use device theme to use your device’s dark theme setting. OR. Turn on the Light or Dark theme within the YouTube app.