YouTube's website in dark mode

YouTube’s dark mode provides an easier-on-the-eyes viewing experience. It’s particularly nice when watching videos in the dark or at night. 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 found in the top-right corner of the page. Then select the “Appearance: Device Theme” option in the menu.

Choose "Appearance: Device Theme" from the context menu

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

Choose "Appearance: Dark Theme" from the drop-down menu

By default, YouTube will follow your computer’s system-wide theme settings. Choose “Dark Theme” from the following page. 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.

Select "Dark Theme"

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To undo this change, click your profile picture or three-button menu button again, select “Appearance: Dark,” and choose “Use Device Theme” (if your computer is using a system-wide light mode) or “Light Theme.”

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.

RELATED: How to Enable Dark Mode for Google Chrome

Enable Dark Mode On iPhone and iPad

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

Tap your profile picture in the top-right corner

Next, tap “Settings” found at the bottom of the menu that appears.

Select the "Settings" option at the bottom of the menu

Choose the “General” option.

Choose the "General" button

Finally, toggle on “Dark Theme.”

Toggle on the "Dark Mode" option

To use YouTube’s normal light theme again, return to this submenu and toggle off the “Dark Theme” slider.

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Enable Dark Mode On Android

As with the other platforms, the YouTube for Android app follows your device’s system-wide theme settings. But if you don’t want everything on your Android phone or tablet to be in dark mode, you can manually change it in the YouTube app.

RELATED: How to Turn on Dark Mode on Android

Start by opening the app on your Android device and tapping on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen.

Tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner

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Next, select the “Settings” option found at the bottom of the menu.

Select the "Settings" option

From there, choose “General.”

Choose the "General" option

Select “Appearance” from the list of options. This menu is where you can choose between a dark and light theme.

Tap the "Appearance" option

The “Use Device Theme” option will be highlighted by default. Select “Dark Theme” to instantly transform the YouTube app’s interface.

Choose the "Dark Theme" option

Return to the Appearance menu anytime you want to revert back to the Light theme!

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