How to Enable Dark Mode in YouTube

YouTube dark mode can be activated both in web browsers on PC and in the platform application for Android and iPhone (iOS).

In browser (PC)

  1. Open YouTube and click on your profile picture in the upper right corner of the screen;
  2. Click on “Appearance”;
  3. Select “Dark Theme” to enable this setting;
  4. Note that if your computer is set to dark mode, YouTube will already be in dark mode by automatically showing the option “Use device theme”.

On Android (version 10 or higher)

  1. Open the YouTube app for Android;
  2. Tap your profile picture and select “Settings”;
  3. Tap “General” and then “Appearance”;
  4. Enable dark theme or select “Use device theme” if your phone is set to dark mode.

On Android (older versions)

  1. Open the YouTube app for Android;
  2. Tap your profile picture and select “Settings”;
  3. Tap “General”;
  4. Enable dark theme by selecting this option.

On iPhone (iOS 13 or higher)

  1. Open the YouTube app for iOS;
  2. Tap your profile picture and select “Settings”;
  3. Tap “General”;
  4. Choose “Dark Theme” to enable or disable the option.

On iPhone (older versions)

  1. Open the YouTube app for iOS;
  2. Tap your profile picture and select “Settings”;
  3. Tap “Appearance”;
  4. Enable dark theme by selecting this option.

Are dark mode and night mode the same thing?

No. Dark mode is a feature that prioritizes dark tones over white, changing the colors of the operating system interface of a website, screen or service. Meanwhile, the night mode, among its main features, reduces or completely eliminates the emission of lights that can disturb the user’s sleep.

Why enable YouTube dark mode?

In addition to emitting less blue light, leaving YouTube with a black background can be useful to reduce your device’s battery consumption, although these savings are unique to devices with an OLED screen, and not conventional displays.

Another advantage is that dark mode reduces the effects of photophobia, an heightened sensitivity that causes pain or discomfort when looking at bright lights. So those who are more sensitive to light can benefit from YouTube’s black background.

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