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How to Find and Turn On YouTube's Hidden Dark Mode

Jordan Wahl
Jordan Wahl  |  October 16, 2018

Word on the street is that YouTube has a new look.

Well, it can have a new look if you want it to. But before I start in on that, quick poll:

Ever wake up, roll over, and grab your phone to start catching up on all your social media feed, only to be blinded by the insanely bright white screen?

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I have, and it's not fun. I'm sure you know the feeling. 

Good news though!

Your daily YouTube catch-up doesn’t have to involve that blinding pain anymore. Because YouTube now has a dark mode – or as some might like to call it, YouTube night mode – and turning it on makes for a less bright (read: not blinding), easy-on-the-eyes experience.

With that, let me show you:

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Enabling YouTube dark mode

Because there are many devices that you can stream YouTube videos on (and neither you, or I, have all day), I’m going to cover how to enable YouTube dark mode on the most popular: desktop, iOS, and Android.

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While many people love to stream videos on their phones these days, there are still a few – like myself – who love binge-watching videos on their laptops during lunch every day (mostly cute animals doing bizarre things).

For those of you looking to turn your YouTube dark mode on in your web browser, start by navigating to YouTube.com.

From there, in the top right corner of the home screen, you’ll find your profile icon. Click on this.

youtube dark mode before

 

Next, a drop-down menu will appear giving you the option to click into “Dark theme” to turn your dark mode on.

Youtube dark mode settings

 

Click the little gray circle to activate dark mode on your current web browser.

youtube dark mode switch

 

youtube dark mode on

 

If you’ve done it correctly, the little circle should now be blue and dark mode should be enabled on your web browser! You can now navigate back to your home screen and start browsing YouTube for your favorite videos.

Below you’ll find what your home screen should look like once you’ve activated YouTube dark mode on your desktop. 

youtube dark mode screen

 

How to enable YouTube dark mode on iPhones

For those of you suffering from the problem I brought up previously – the whole wake-up-roll-over-being-blinded-by-your-phone thing – let’s cover how to enable dark mode on your iOS device!

Start by opening your YouTube app.

Next, similar to when enabling dark mode on your desktop, click the profile icon in the top right corner of your phone screen.

 

youtube dark mode iphone before

 

This will give you your dropdown menu where you will click into ‘Settings’.

 

youtube dark mode iphone settings

From there, click the little white circle next to ‘Dark theme’ to enable dark mode. 

youtube dark mode iphone switch

 

If you’ve done it correctly, the circle should appear blue and dark mode should be enabled. 

youtube dark mode on iphone

  

Below you’ll find what your home screen should look like once you’ve activated YouTube dark mode on your iPhone. 

youtube dark mode iphone screen

 

How to enable YouTube dark mode on Androids

Last but not least, Androids! (And this is not an “I saved best for last” situation here – sorry, I’m team iPhone).

But anyway, I’m here for all of you Android people.

Open your YouTube app, and select the profile icon in the top right corner.

  

youtube dark mode android before

 

Navigate to and select ‘Settings’ in the dropdown menu.

 

youtube dark mode android settings

 

Select ‘General’.

 

youtube dark mode android settings
 

Click the little gray circle next to ‘Dark theme’. 

youtube dark mode android switch

 

If you’ve done it correctly, the circle should appear blue and dark mode should be enabled.

youtube dark mode on android

 

Below you’ll find what your home screen should look like once you’ve activated YouTube dark mode on your Android device.

 

youtube dark mode android screen

 

Start streaming in YouTube dark mode!

Well, there you have it, folks! Long gone are the days of you waking up and seeing spots after your video viewing experiences.

Your mornings and nights laying in bed binge-watching funny dog vids just got a whole lot better.

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Jordan Wahl
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Jordan Wahl

Jordan Wahl is a senior content marketing and SEO specialist who joined G2 after graduating with her BBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She loves anything that puts her in her creative space – including writing, art, and music (her absolute favorite).