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Did you know YouTube had a dark mode?

Google has been flirting with a "Dark Mode" in Android for a little while now, but it looks like YouTube is taking that experience to the web. Reddit discovered a console edit in Chrome 57 for Windows and macOS that enables a toggle switch in settings to flip everything from the red and white you're used to into shades of black and grey.

The text in the setting suggests you might use this feature when enjoying YouTube at night, but there's more than a few people out there interested in using it like this all the time. While you can't get this on mobile yet, here's how you activate Dark Mode fin Chrome.

  1. Go to Youtube in Chrome
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows, or Option + Command + I on macOS to open the developer window
  3. Click the "console" tab at the top of the window
  4. Type document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE" into the console and hit enter
  5. Close the developer window
  6. Click refresh on the Chrome window
  7. Click the Settings menu in YouTube and find the Dark Mode toggle

If that all sounds like too much work for you, there are already Chrome extensions like ImprovedTube that will add something similar to this mode. Really, this is just a cool way to see what YouTube may be including in future releases.

Are you a fan of this new color scheme? Would you like to have it on mobile as well? Get down there in the comments and let everyone know what you think!

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

34 Comments
  • Yup, Looks Nice on Web.
    Will be awesome to have a system wide Dark mode on Android O
  • BlackBerry Hub on Android has that setting. It's pretty nice and comes in handy.
  • Can we get this on the Android app? PLEASE?!
  • For the app, root a phone and install substratum and YouTube dark mode. It's awesome.
  • what the other guy said...root and enjoy. I use system wide dark themes looks great.
  • Many people don't want to root since it disables any NFC banking apps, including Android Pay, and local bank 'Tap' payment apps.
  • Wow, that is so cool!
  • I disagree, everything does need a dark mode.
  • This.
  • Very cool. Thanks for sharing!
  • Wish there was a way to keep the setting.
  • Dark modes / themes are useful for OLED screens, where the power consumption is related to the number of lit pixels and their brightness. Since the screen on mobile devices is one of the highest power consumers, this becomes a significant power savings. I don't know why so many designers are opposed to dark themes, when their counterparts in development spend ages tweaking code to save a tiny bit of power.
  • Not dark themes, black themes. On OLED screens, a pure white pixel doesn't use any more power than a dark gray pixel. The only condition the pixel wouldn't consume power is if is pure #000000 black. Even then, it's not going to significantly impact power consumption. Dark themes are about reducing eye strain.
  • Not really:
    https://senk9.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/thoughts-amoled-power-consumption... In particular, this graph:
    https://senk9.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/brightnessvspower.png
  • One thing those charts and tests aren't explaining very well is that the difference between the power draw from their black setting and their white setting (0.004 volts) is likely within the margin of error of any test and the testing equipment. Perform the same tests using a finer scale and you'll see an even bigger sway. Or do it at a different time of day for wildly different results. Because of the testing methods and range, the conclusion is that black uses "some". White uses "some more". For accurate testing to the nanovolt, you would need to lose the wires and optics and do everything encased in silicon.
  • Shame it's not on ChromeOS.
  • It still doesn't show for me, though my dropdown on Chrome (on a Macbook) is different.
  • This also worked for me on Edge.
  • Russell you're a freaking super hero.
  • So you just recycle articles without crediting the source all the time, do you??? https://9to5google.com/2017/04/13/how-to-use-youtube-dark-mode/ Posted a full 24 hours before yours. I think a source link is the least you can do.
  • Because the source is Reddit not 9to5gargles.
  • Thanks lightyear420, regardless the link you provided had better instructions than info provided here. I was able to find the setting AFTER clicking on my login image and found dark theme - OFF.
    Thanks Credit goes to the original post, agreed. Everyone trying to help each other.
  • Also it's on lifehacker.com on one of their articles.. it was posted last night if I'm not mistaken..
  • Im d
  • i have dark mode for years now thanks to stylish
  • I think these days with phones and tablets using OLED and AMOLED screens that every site should include a dark theme. It saves battery and, at least to me, it's easier on the eyes than the usual blaring white.
  • Awesomesauce! Looks great.. thanks!!
  • The Magic Actions extension offers it too.
  • Can't find that setting. I'll mess around with it more later, but my menu in the screenshot looks different. I'm on Chrome 57.
  • I added the script to YouTube as instructed but never found the setting selection to enable it. Any help? Are we talking just Android devices or the Chrome browser on PC's as well?
  • Click on your avatar in the upper right. It's near the bottom of the menu it opens. This is for laptops/desktops.
  • Thank you! Guess I figure I added the script incorrectly the first time around. I think I didn't hit enter after copying it over... But thanks again...
  • BOOM thanks youtube looks awesome in dark mode I have done this with all of my PC's.
  • I hate glaring WHITE screens, BLACK is where its at.