Dark Mode finally arrives for the Android version of the YouTube app

Dark Mode finally arrives for the Android version of the YouTube app
Back in July, Google got Android users excited by announcing that Dark Mode was coming to the platform's YouTube app. But when August came and went without this feature, Android users started to wonder if they would ever see white text on a black background on the popular video streaming app. Dark Mode is intended for use at night when you don't want the usual white background found on an app melting your retinas. Some just like the look better and enable it for all day use,

We should point out that you can't just open the YouTube app, go into settings and find the Dark Mode toggle there. On yours truly's Pixel 2 XL running Android 9 Pie, we had to clear the YouTube cache before Dark Mode appeared. Here is how you clear the cache on Pie. SettingsStorage > Movie & TV apps > YouTube > Clear Cache. Once that is done, open the YouTube app and click on your profile picture in the right corner. From there, click on Settings and General, and the Dark Mode toggle should be the second option.

If the above directions fail to make the Dark Mode option appear on your Android phone, just keep trying every few hours. Eventually, it will show up on your Android handset. By the way, make sure that your phone is running version 13.35.51 of YouTube or higher before following the directions listed in the above paragraph.

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32 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1073; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

None of my phones has it. Let me try my pixel 2 xl.

10. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Force close the YouTube app and then open it again.

15. jomzkie

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Thanks for the tip

18. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

yeah finally i love it on my desktop have had it for 6 months to a yr finally and it looks nice

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Ugh... Hate Google's take on dark mode. Need pitch black for oled screens

3. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Yes please

5. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I prefer the Google's dark, and would hate a pitch black. Next time get a phone with lcd.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's not 1990 so no... Not going back in time to an even worse experience

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

LCD is still just as good as oled.

28. yalokiy

Posts: 999; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's much better in regards to PWM, but the contrast is 10 or more times worse.

29. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hahahaha

19. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Its grey mode & not dark mode.

31. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Agreed!!

4. ad33lmalyk

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 29, 2017

Great job Google, even my oldee Android Jellybean version Huawei Tablet has now Dark mode enabled on YouTube.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just did it, now my X and Note 9 both rock dark mode. It's more charcoal than black though...on both phones.

8. tobyjohnesfen

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 18, 2015

Works on my XZ Premium, thanks Google!!!

9. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What's the point if it's dark gray and not pitch black? Especially for those who have phones with OLED screens. I would never use the official YT app as long as there is an app called YT Vanced.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I still looks a lot better than the white version. It's cool for night viewing, so I'm good with it.

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Even dark grey uses less power than white. But pitch black does use nothing. So not sure what their reasoning for this is

11. Chris_ABN

Posts: 192; Member since: May 16, 2018

Just did it on my S9 Plus and it's not really black for OLED screens. I still appreciate it though.....

13. frozz

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

finally !! you are so f**king slow google & youtube !! you preference android first and NOT fagpple !!

14. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Watch your toxicity.

16. jjwieland

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

Works on my Moto G4 Plus running Lineage OS.

17. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I can't find this option on my Mate 10 pro.

21. yalokiy

Posts: 999; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Try Settings->Apps & notifications->Apps->All Apps->Google play movies and TV->Storage->Clear cache->back->force stop. Try the same for YouTube app.

23. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

In Google play movies and TV its working but not on YouTube. I don't know if its Huawei who needs to enable it or not.

24. yalokiy

Posts: 999; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's not something Huawei can enable or disable. It didn't work for me for the fist try, but from second it did.

27. yalokiy

Posts: 999; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Just managed to do it on a cheap huawei phone running emui 8.

32. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I've got it maybe the August security patch is the one needed. I'm trying my best the other day but to no avail the option for dark theme isn't there. After the update last night and a couple of restarts I've got it now.

20. yalokiy

Posts: 999; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Finally, managed to turn it on on my s8.

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