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    How to enable YouTube dark mode on PC and phone. Dark mode reduces the amount of bright white light on the screen. You can activate the dark theme, YouTube version, on desktop or mobile.


    To put YouTube black on your phone, you will go through the app settings to access the dark theme. The process varies slightly depending on whether you have an Android or an iPhone.


    When you spend a lot of time looking at screens, the noise of a white background can be a nuisance. So turning on dark mode can help and may even save you battery.


    On YouTube, you can enable dark mode on the desktop site and mobile app for iPhone and Android. Here's what you need to do to get YouTube black.


    How to enable YouTube dark mode on computer

    1. Go to the YouTube website and log into your account if necessary.
    2. Click icon of Your Profile, located in the upper right corner of the screen, then choose Appearance: Device theme.
    3. Select Dark theme. You can also choose Use device theme to make the app match your device's system settings. 

    How to activate YouTube dark mode on iPhone or iPad

    1. Open the YouTube app and log into your account if necessary.
    2. Touch theicon of Your Profile, located in the upper right corner of the screen.
    3. Scroll down and select Settings.
    4. On the next page, choose General.
    5. On the General page, tap Appearance.
    6. Tap the option Dark theme and a check mark will appear next to it. You can also choose Use device theme to make the app match your device's system settings. 

    How to put YouTube black on Android

    If you have activated dark mode via your Android system's settings, the YouTube app should automatically be in dark mode. But you can also enable dark mode only for the YouTube app from the YouTube settings:



    1. Open the YouTube app and log into your account if necessary.
    2. Touch the icon of Your Profile, located in the upper right corner of the screen.
    3. Scroll down and select Settings.
    4. Toccata General.
    5. Select Appearance.
    6. Select Dark theme. You can also choose Use device theme to make the app match your device's system settings. 

    Further Reading:

    • How to enable dark mode on Firefox
    • How to use dark mode on iPhone
    • How to activate Gmail dark theme
    • How to disable HD on YouTube
    • How to use Google Photos in dark mode on iPhone and iPad
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