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YouTube dark mode — Here's how to turn it on and off

Want to check out the new YouTube dark mode that was recently added? Here's how to turn YouTube's dark mode on and off in the mobile app.

Published onJune 1, 2019

Even though YouTube‘s had a dark mode on its desktop website since 2017, iOS and Android users only got it in the service’s app last year. Many people prefer to use apps in dark mode, if they support it, for a number of reasons. White text over a dark background seems to pop out of the screen. Dark mode can also cut the amount of light down from a phone’s display.

If you want to turn the new dark mode in YouTube on or off in the mobile app, here’s how. It’s actually pretty simple:

Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of the YouTube app on your mobile phone.

youtube dark mode check

Step 2: Once you open the app, tap on your Google account icon in the top-right corner.

dark mode settings menu

Step 3: Scroll down and tap on the “Settings” cog wheel icon.

youtube settings

Step 4: Tap on the “General” section in the Settings menu.

general settings YT

Step 5: There should be a “Dark theme” option, with a slider to the right.

dark theme enabled in android

Step 6: Tap on the slider to turn on dark mode

If you don’t like it, just tap on the slider again to turn off dark mode.


As we said, it’s really simple to turn on the new YouTube dark mode feature. Do you use the dark mode, or do you prefer the standard YouTube look? Let us know on the comments!

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