Join the dark side with YouTube’s new theme on mobile

Give your YouTube the look you want as they finally launch dark themes on mobile a year after coming to desktops.

Last year YouTube added the option on desktops to switch to a night mode theme that turns YouTube dark. Now the dark theme is coming to the mobile app for when you’re bingeing on videos late at night or if you just fancy embracing the dark side.

To get the new look YouTube it’s as simple as going into the settings in the YouTube app and pushing the switch for the ‘Dark Theme’. Unfortunately for Android users the feature has only come to iOS so far but YouTube say that they haven’t forgotten about Android and it will come to them “soon”.

The dark theme offers an alternative to YouTube’s bright white aesthetic. The darker theme switches white with black so that it’s easier on the eyes, particularly in darker environments. Beyond it’s benefits on visual strain for a lot of people it will just look a bit cooler, and who doesn’t like trying something new.

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Over half of YouTube’s views are now made on mobile devices so it’s been a long time coming for such an easily implemented feature. YouTube say that a mobile dark theme has been one of the most requested features for YouTube since they launched it on desktop last year.

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