Oh, Dark Mode for YouTube Android App is Coming Soon

Cesar Mills
March 14, 2018

YouTube is finally giving its mobile app a dark theme, almost a year after the Google subsidiary introduced the night-friendly mode on desktop. To use this feature on iOS, you'll need to tap the account icon, then go to Settings and "Dark theme" to turn the setting on and off. From there, you'll notice the background of the app darkens to a deep gray color. The feature is coming "soon" to Android users, but no specific date was provided just yet. That launch coincided with a desktop redesign that was meant to simplify the YouTube desktop experience.

The change comes roughly half a year after Google first introduced a dark theme for its website.

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Google also teased the feature as recently as January, when the dark mode was found within the app's code. Have you ever opened the YouTube app in the middle of the night? At the time, the feature wasn't made available to all users, nor was it officially announced by the company.

YouTube's update is reportedly being done to reduce glare and give the app a more "cinematic view" as its users consume videos and even movies on the platform. Fingers crossed it lands on Android sooner rather than later. It's gentler on the eyes, which could encourage users to spend more time on YouTube's mobile app and possibly let them sleep easier.

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