How to Enable Dark Mode in YouTube (All Platforms)

Enable Youtube Dark Mode Hero

Dark mode is becoming more and more popular as a means of looking at our screen. You can do it on iOS, WhatsApp, Android, and any number of other apps and platforms. YouTube joined the lights-out party a while ago, though the way to enable the feature has changed a bit over time.

Luckily, it’s now easier than ever (you used to have to go to Chrome’s developer options) to enable YouTube’s dark mode, and we show you here how to enable it on your desktop browser, Android and iOS.

Enable Dark Mode on YouTube on Desktop

Click your channel’s icon in the upper-right corner of the YouTube home page.

Enable Youtube Dark Mode Settings

From the drop-down menu, click “Appearance -> Dark Theme.” Setting it to “Device theme” can also be good if you want your theme adapting to your Windows theme.

Change Chrome Border to Dark Mode

Now your YouTube is dark and easy on the eyes, but you can probably see that the browser window is still glaring and bright. Whether you’re using Windows or Mac, you can fix this:

How To Add Dark Mode Google Chrome Desktop
  • In Windows 10, right-click the desktop background -> Personalize -> Colors, then change “default app mode” to Dark.
  • In macOS, go to “System Preferences -> General -> Appearance,” and click the Dark option.

Enable YouTube Dark Mode on Android/iOS

Enabling dark mode on YouTube for Android and iOS is similarly simple. It’s the same process on both platforms.

Just open the YouTube app, then tap your profile icon at the top-right corner -> Settings -> General -> Appearance.

Enable Youtube Dark Mode Android Profile

In the Appearance pop-up, tap either “Dark theme” or “Use device theme” if you happen to use a dark theme on your given platform.

Enable Youtube Dark Mode Android Appearance

Activating YouTube’s Night Mode will provide you with exactly what is suggested, as well as a few other developer features. For more YouTube tricks, see our guides on how to cast YouTube to your PC and how to share a specific part of a YouTube video.

Robert Zak
Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

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