Google starts rolling out dark mode for YouTube on Android devices

Jul 31, 2018, 10:44
Google starts rolling out dark mode for YouTube on Android devices

As 9to5Mac notes, the feature began rolling out just recently, with users seeing the "Dark theme" automatically applied along with a pop-up at the bottom of the screen notifying users about the feature.

The alternative theme exchanges YouTube's white backgrounds and menus for a deep grey, aiming to alleviate the eye strain associated with brighter light when viewing in a darker room or at nighttime.

What is the one thing that could make the most popular video streaming service an even better experience?

YouTube for Android finally rolled out a dark mode over the weekend, months after it came to iOS. Perhaps the biggest impact is on the video page, where the video player is now black before it fully loads. But you can always go to the General Settings options to toggle it on or off at will as Redditor Absinth92 indicates. Still, it's nice to see some variation within the app, especially since it hasn't received a design update for a long time.

If you can't wait for YouTube to flip the switch, you can try this method detailed over on XDA Developers Forum to enable the feature - but you'll need root access to get it to work. The search giant is apparently making good on that promise as dark mode has appeared on some handsets running Google's mobile operating system.

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