YouTube's Android app has finally received a 'dark mode' feature

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Last May, Google gave YouTube a substantial facelift when it updated the platform's visuals to bring them in line with the company's "Material Design" philosophy.

YouTube's new look is much cleaner and arguably easier to navigate, but there's more to the redesign than meets the eye. The visual overhaul also gave us the "Dark Mode" feature, a toggle that makes it more comfortable for users to browse the site at night by inverting YouTube's color scheme.

Naturally, this feature was quite popular, prompting Google to bring Dark Mode to mobile devices. At first, the feature was only available to iOS users, but today, it has finally made its way to YouTube for Android.

Given that both iOS and Android device owners like to bring their phones to bed with them, it's nice to see Google extend this feature to the rest of their user base.

If you want to give the new feature a try, enabling it is simple - just open the YouTube app on your Android device, visit the Settings menu, tap the General option, and then toggle on "Dark theme."

Upon doing so, YouTube's blindingly-white color scheme will switch to a darker, charcoal color. Some elements, such as the bright red Subscribe button and the YouTube logo will remain unchanged, however.

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Slappy McPhee

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Awesome....now if they could give you the option on Android 8 to have the dark theme on the notification bar again that would be great rather than the blinding @ss light that they have now. it literally lights up my room at night even if I use a filter. wth is the deal with that?
 
Why on Earth would anyone use the stupid YouTube app? It's terrible, full of ads, and doesn't even stay playing when your screen goes off. No features (but this dark color scheme now, I guess) and no way to download the videos for local play. Worthless.
 

Teko03

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Why on Earth would anyone use the stupid YouTube app? It's terrible, full of ads, and doesn't even stay playing when your screen goes off. No features (but this dark color scheme now, I guess) and no way to download the videos for local play. Worthless.
Maybe because it's the only YouTube play available in the Play Store? Not every one bothers rooting their phones and hunting for APK's. And seriously, who needs to download YouTube clips anymore?
 
Maybe because it's the only YouTube play available in the Play Store? Not every one bothers rooting their phones and hunting for APK's. And seriously, who needs to download YouTube clips anymore?
Just use the browser. Any browser will do. Nobody needs or uses the "app" for something like that. They just come pre-installed so (evidently) some people think it's necessary.
 

Axiarus

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Maybe because it's the only YouTube play available in the Play Store? Not every one bothers rooting their phones and hunting for APK's. And seriously, who needs to download YouTube clips anymore?
Just use the browser. Any browser will do. Nobody needs or uses the "app" for something like that. They just come pre-installed so (evidently) some people think it's necessary.
I use Google Play Music. That means I get YouTube Premium for free. I see no ads and can lock my phone and it keeps playing. If I can't find something on Google Play Music I play it on YouTube. The app also has picture in picture, so I can browse my Reddit app and watch something at the same time. Saying that no one needs or uses the app is ridiculous.
 

Slappy McPhee

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Why on Earth would anyone use the stupid YouTube app? It's terrible, full of ads, and doesn't even stay playing when your screen goes off. No features (but this dark color scheme now, I guess) and no way to download the videos for local play. Worthless.
If you use YouTube Premium all those issues go away. It is actually quite a value. You can share it with family and friends, get access to YouTube Music, etc. Also you are supporting the creators you watch better as you will be much more likely to watch a video in it's entirety. If you are too cheap to pay for the service that gives you benefits, well that's your choice too.
 
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