How to enable Dark Theme for YouTube app in Android

enable youtube dark mode

Google has launched a dark theme for YouTube app on Android. You can now watch YouTube videos for a longer period of time without straining your eyes. One of the big reasons why people prefer dark theme over white is it doesn’t hurt your eyes when watching videos at night. Another big advantage is that it can save your phone’s battery life. Google confirmed that at full brightness, power draw dropped by 60% when moving from normal to dark. So, even if you’re not a fan of the dark theme, if you want to save power, enabling the new dark mode is the way to go.

If you want this dark theme to be enabled on your Android, your YouTube app needs to be on v13.35 or newer. So, if you are still using an older version of the YouTube app, just go ahead and update the YouTube app from PlayStore. YouTube’s dark theme will not be enabled by default with the update. You will have to do it manually. So, in this article, let’s see how to activate YouTube Dark Mode on Android.

Also read: How to enable Restricted Mode in YouTube

Step 1:

At first, launch the YouTube app. Now, click on the profile icon that’s on the top right corner of the UI. A menu will pop-up with a list of different options. You’ll need to go for the settings option towards the bottom of the list.
Launch YouTube app ➯ Profile icon ➯ Settings


Step 2:

Once you’re on the settings menu itself, you should see General as the first option in the list.

Step 3:

Once you’re on the General tab, you’ll see a list of different options. The second option is to enable dark theme. Tap on the toggle and it will immediately switch the theme from white to black. Now, you can go back to the home interface and continue to watch videos with the dark theme enabled. Remember, this setting will continue to be applied once you close, and then, re-open the app as well.
General ➯ Dark theme

If you have any questions regarding this topic, please don’t hesitate to comment below. And also, let us know how many of you are using the dark theme in the official YouTube app.