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YouTube for Android and iOS finally gets a dark mode

Google says a dark mode for YouTube has been a highly-requested feature since the desktop client included it in May 2017.

Published onMarch 13, 2018

  • Google announced that a dark mode for YouTube is finally coming to Android and iOS.
  • The feature debuted on the YouTube desktop client last year.
  • Dark mode is rolling out to iOS users and coming soon for Android users.

Ever since Google included a dark mode for YouTube on desktop, it was only a matter of time until the feature would be supported on the mobile app. Lo and behold, YouTube for Android and iOS is finally gaining the elusive dark mode, reports The Verge.

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To access the new theme, tap your account icon on the top right, select “Settings,” then select “Dark Theme.” The app will automatically switch to a darker hue, with no app restart necessary for the change to go into effect.

According to Google, a dark mode was one of the most requested features for its mobile apps. The company introduced a hidden dark mode for the desktop client in May 2017, around the same time when the service rolled out its cleaner and simpler Material Design-inspired interface.

Google also teased the feature as recently as January, when the dark mode was found within the app’s code.

Having a dark theme has its advantages. Apart from making it easier on the eyes in a dimly-lit setting, a dark mode can help you to better focus on content and potentially save a bit of battery life.

With the update, YouTube joins a growing list of apps that feature a dark mode. That list includes Twitter and third-party Twitter clients, Reddit and third-party Reddit clients, Feedly, Pocket Casts, and more.

The update is rolling out to iOS users today and should arrive soon for Android users.

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