YouTube has announced that it’s rolling out Dark Mode to its apps for iOS and Android devices. Apple’s iOS will be the first to get Dark Mode as YouTube starts pushing it out today. The company did not set a firm date for Android devices to get the new dark theme. It certainly is bizarre that iOS is getting the dark theme before Android, given that YouTube and Android are both developed by Google.
According to Google, a dark mode was one of the most requested features for its mobile apps. The company introduced a hidden dark mode for the desktop client in May 2017, around the same time when the service rolled out its cleaner and simpler Material Design-inspired interface.
How to use the “Dark Theme”?
To access the new theme, tap your account icon on the top right, select “Settings,” then select “Dark Theme.” The app will automatically switch to a darker hue, with no app restart necessary for the change to go into effect.
However, before the dark theme option will be available to you, you’ll have to update the app. If an update for the app isn’t available to download on your device yet, you will have to be patient for a little bit longer, but given that users have apparently been requesting a Dark Mode for some time, many will probably find it to be worth the wait.
How effective is the Dark Mode?
Darker themes are easier on the eyes, making it easier for viewers to watch videos for an extended period. They reduce glare while also making the colors look more the way they should look. Offering a dark theme on YouTube also makes sense from an aesthetic perspective because it gives the app a more cinematic feel.
YouTube certainly isn’t the first to offer a setting with a darker theme, as it’s a growing trend among tech companies. In fact, some users have found that darker themes use less battery life, so it just may enable you to watch more videos before being forced to plug-in to a charger. Apple added Dark Mode as a setting option on the iPhone X, and it’s been reported to be a key battery-saving feature. Many app developers have also begun using darker themes in their apps for the same reasons YouTube is adding one as an option. Twitter, Reddit, Beam, Wikipedia, Internet Movie Database (iMDB) and many other apps offer the option to use a dark theme.
The update is rolling out to iOS users today and should arrive soon for Android users.