Android users can now get YouTube's dark mode

Android users can now get YouTube's dark mode

The feature, which inverts the colour scheme so that the background is black with text picked out in white, is created to reduce eye strain and to make using the app in low-light conditions more pleasant.

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

The toggle function is quite similar to that for desktops and laptops.

Channels still retain their colorful app bars, while the biggest impact of the dark theme is on the video page - where the video player is black before it fully loads.

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For Android, YouTube will automatically turn on the dark mode and display a pop-up notification about the same.

Redditor u/Absinth92 reported on the weekend that the option had become available on his mobile device - and Android Police reports that others have spotted the feature too. Just like it is in the iOS version, users can toggle on or off in the Android app's Settings. First and foremost being reduced strain to your eyes when you are using the YouTube app at night or in low-light.

The feature appeared on iOS devices earlier in the year, and now it looks like it has been spotted on some Android devices, which means the rollout process is likely underway.

That said, it's worth noting that the color we are looking at once Dark Mode is enabled isn't totally black. It's great for offering a more cinematic user experience, as well as cutting down the glare from light reflection on the screen. The compact, minimized video player and all tabs also get this same treatment. Still, it's nice to see some variation within the app, especially since it hasn't received a design update for a long time.

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