How to Turn On Dark Mode in YouTube Mobile App


The default light theme in the YouTube mobile app is generally fine, but it can be hard on your eyes if you watch a lot of content in the dark. Thankfully, YouTube makes it easy to turn on dark mode in the YouTube mobile app.

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Steps to Turn On Dark Mode in YouTube Mobile App

  1. Launch the YouTube mobile app on your mobile device. You’ll land on your YouTube home screen.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen to open a menu, and then tap “Settings” in that menu. The Settings screen is displayed.
  3. Tap “General.”
  4. Tap “Appearance.”
  5. Tap to place a check mark next to “Dark Theme.” The screen will automatically switch to dark mode. Going forward, regardless of whether you have a light or dark theme applied on your phone, the YouTube app will operate in dark mode.

What Are the Benefits of Watching YouTube in Dark Mode?

1. Reduced Eye Strain

Dark mode on YouTube offers a solution to the discomfort caused by bright screens. By using dark backgrounds and light text, it reduces eye strain in low-light environments. This makes it easier for users to watch videos for longer periods without experiencing discomfort, especially on mobile devices.

2. Improved Battery Life

Dark mode on YouTube can help extend battery life on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. The darker background uses less power, meaning users can enjoy videos for longer without having to charge their device. This is especially useful for users who watch videos on the go and need their device to last all day.

3. Increased Contrast

The increased contrast of dark mode on YouTube makes it easier to read text on your mobile device’s screen. The light text stands out against the dark background, making it easier for users to follow along with captions or video descriptions. This is particularly useful for users with visual impairments.

4. Aesthetically Pleasing

Dark mode in the YouTube mobile app can provide a more aesthetically pleasing look and feel. The dark background creates a sleek and modern look, making it a popular choice for users who want to enhance their overall viewing experience. Whether it’s for personal preference or practicality, dark mode is a great addition to the YouTube app.

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