Google rolls out YouTube dark theme for Android users

Nichole VegaAug 02, 2018

YouTube has finally rolled out dark mode for Android users which was made available for desktop past year while for iOS this March.

Worth mentioning, the dark theme was first introduced in the web version after the feature first debuted last March.

The dark mode option for iOS launched over four months ago.

Once the Dark Mode is enabled, the color of app's UI elements is inverted from white to black (check image above).

The dark theme allows a user to tone down the screen's glare and experience YouTube with a dark background.

It appears so that Google is finally rolling out YouTube's dark theme for Android users. During night and evening when there is low light, the applications which make use of white or lighter colors impact the eyes greatly. It is also worth noting that phones with the OLED panel will deliver darker blacks than standard display panels.

User U/Absinth92 strangely didn't discover the feature to activate but opened their app at the weekend to find it running already. "We quickly concluded that the way most people would expect themes to work and the way Dark Mode works were fundamentally different".

Desktop users are able to access the feature by clicking their profile on the top right hand corner and switching the dark mode toggle to on.

This dark theme appears to be on a staged rollout, and should hopefully roll out to all Android users eventually.

Google regularly updates its video streaming service.

You would think that being owned by Google means that YouTube would prioritize adding features on Google's platforms.

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