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How to turn on YouTube’s dark mode

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How to turn on YouTube’s dark mode

The glare of a white background can be annoying when you spend a lot of time looking at screens. As a result, enabling dark mode can be beneficial, and it may even save battery life. On YouTube, you can enable dark mode on the desktop site as well as the iPhone and Android mobile apps.

Here is how to turn on youtube’s dark mode on desktop, watch the video first;

  1. Go to the YouTube website and, if required, login to your account.
  1. Select Appearance: Device theme from the drop-down menu that appears when you click your profile icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
YouTube website profile icon drop-down menu

3. Choose the Dark theme. You can also select the Use device theme to have the app match the system settings on your device.

theme selection pop-up on YouTube website

How to enable YouTube dark mode on iPhone or iPad

  1. Start up the YouTube app and, if required, sign in to your account.
  2. Tap the profile icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Screenshot of YouTube app homepage

3. Go to the bottom and click Settings.

Screenshot of profile icon menu on YouTube app

4. On the following page, select General.

Screenshot of Settings page on YouTube app

5. Select Appearance from the General page.

Screenshot of General Settings page on YouTube app

6. When you tap on the Dark theme option, a checkmark will appear next to it. You can also select the Use device theme to have the app match the system settings on your device.

Screenshot of Appearance page on YouTube app

How to enable YouTube dark mode on Android

If you have dark mode enabled in your Android system settings, the YouTube app should be dark mode by default. However, you can enable dark mode only for the YouTube app from the YouTube settings:

  1. Start up the YouTube app and, if necessary, sign in to your account.
  2. Tap the profile icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Go to the bottom and select Settings.
  4. Select General.
  5. Select Appearance
  6. Choose the Dark theme. You can also select the Use device theme to have the app match the system settings on your device.

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