YouTube’s dark mode provides an easier-on-the-eyes viewing experience. It’s particularly nice when watching videos in the dark. YouTube’s dark theme is available on the YouTube website and in YouTube’s mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Enable Dark Mode On the Web

On YouTube’s desktop website, click your profile icon at the top right corner of the page. Click the “Dark Theme” option in the menu.

If you aren’t signed in, click the menu button (it looks like three vertical dots) instead. You’ll find the same “Dark Theme” option here.

Activate the “Dark Theme” slider to enable the dark theme for YouTube. This setting applies to your current web browser only, so you’ll have to enable the dark theme on each computer you use—it doesn’t sync with your Google account.


To undo this change, click the profile or menu button again, select “Dark Theme,” and turn off the slider.

For a complete dark mode on your desktop, enable dark mode in your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge browser. You can also enable a dark theme in Gmail, too. You can also activate Windows 10’s built-in dark mode.

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iPhone and iPad

The YouTube app for iPhone and iPad has its own dark mode option, too. To enable it, launch the app and tap your profile icon at the top right corner of the screen.

Tap “Settings” in the menu that appears.

Activate the “Dark Theme” slider on the Settings screen.

To use YouTube’s normal light theme again, return here and deactivate the “Dark Theme” slider.


Google is slowly rolling out a dark mode for YouTube’s Android app, although it isn’t available on all devices just yet.

If you have the dark mode option, you’ll find it by tapping your profile icon at the top right corner of the YouTube app and then tapping “Settings.”

Tap “General” on the Settings screen.

If you see a dark mode option on the General screen, enable it. If you don’t, you’ll need to wait for Google to enable this feature on your device with an update to YouTube.

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