Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Google is Starting to Roll Out Dark Mode for YouTube on Android

Google is Starting to Roll Out Dark Mode for YouTube on Android

After nearly a year the "dark mode" feature showed up on the desktop version of YouTube and four months after it appeared on iOS, finally the functionality will now be seen on Android devices as well.

If you happen to be someone who's got the Dark Mode on YouTube for Android, do share you experience with us. Not only that, but the black theme of the application under the dark mode setting will save battery as well. Once you exit from Settings, your background will automatically become dark as you scroll through the feed of videos. Since the roll out of dark mode for Android is still happening and spreading to devices, it doesn't look like YouTube has just rolled it out as a test feature.

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If dark mode is now available on a user's phone, they'll be notified when the YouTube app is first opened. The Dark Theme toggle will be under the Digital Wellbeing section, below the "Remind me to take a break" feature. The dark version was to reduce stress on the eyes generated by brighter screens used in dark rooms. Dark mode is really one of those features you didn't know you wanted until you use it. The compact, minimized video player and all tabs also get this same treatment. Others have reported the feature in their YouTube app but it hasn't been rolled out to everyone. Users should start seeing a YouTube update today with the new option to switch to dark mode.

The news was revealed by an administrator in Microsoft's Outlook feedback forum, responding to a popularly-supported user request for the company to add the feature.

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Anyways though, like we already said, Dark Mode on YouTube for Android isn't available for all the users yet. Still, it's nice to see some variation within the app, especially since it hasn't received a design update for a long time.

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