Android users can now get YouTube's dark mode

Ruben Fields
August 2, 2018

The Android rollout follows YouTube's dark mode coming to desktop past year and iOS in March. Dark mode turns the interface all black and reduces strain on the eyes while navigating the app, especially at night. For desktops and laptops, switching on the dark theme is similar to that on Android.

The dark mode appears to be quite nice for those who enjoy a darker tone to their apps, and as the setting suggest it extends to the entire app rather than just parts.

When the dark theme is enabled, the background of the YouTube app, its settings pages, and search all switch to a dark grey background.

Given that both iOS and Android device owners like to bring their phones to bed with them, it's nice to see Google extend this feature to the rest of their user base. Similarly, iOS users can activate the feature by tapping their profile icon and then heading into settings where they can see a "Dark Theme" toggle.

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The feature appeared on iOS devices earlier in the year, and now it looks like it has been spotted on some Android devices, which means the rollout process is likely underway.

YouTube has begun rolling out dark theme for Android users.

The dark mode is automatically applied along with a pop-up at the screen bottom showing the new feature, serving as a prompt. For more details on dark mode, check out our guide.

The video playing app is also testing an Explore feature according to Tom Leung, YouTube's director of management. The change was rolled out last Friday by the Google owned video streaming side. Reports have confirmed the pitfall of using apps with white background in the low light conditions.

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