YouTube’s dark mode finally rolling out to Android devices

Saul Franklin
August 2, 2018

We had reported past year that Google-owned YouTube, the most popular video streaming website, is testing a new "dark mode" feature that is expected to cause less strain to the user's eyes while watching YouTube videos at night time or dimly-lit environments. As stated by Youtube, the Dark Mode feature was very much in demand from the users' and by taking note of it, Youtube worked out this feature.

YouTube dark mode has been available for iOS and desktop users now for a while. For desktops and laptops, switching on the dark theme is similar to that on Android. It applies to every page that was previously white, including settings, searches, and so forth.

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.

To that end you should be able to find an option to toggle Dark Mode on or off in the general tab of the setting menu in the YouTube app. First and foremost being reduced strain to your eyes when you are using the YouTube app at night or in low-light. This new dark theme replaces the typical white background with a dark background that many have been asking for.

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Based on the number of users who received the option today, it appears as though this is an official rollout of the feature.

Google, however, didn't go to town trumpeting the rolling out of the new feature. The look though is more of a dark gray shade than being completely black.

"Also, we imagine that there would be a dark experience for all available themes in the future, so having Dark Mode be a separate toggle would facilitate that". Others have reported the feature in their YouTube app but it hasn't been rolled out to everyone.

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