When Google finally gave us a dark theme for YouTube, it was a bit disappointing. They did not use a pure black background, reducing the battery savings you would achieve with an OLED panel. But with the help of another app we can fix this and get not only a real dark mode but also other colors.
Because the YouTube version of the Play Store does not provide a way to promote the app, a modified version was needed. YouTube Vanced is a modified version of YouTube, which not only offers the same features and the entire user interface in the regular app, but also many additional enhancements. With the help of this app we can get the black theme we always want as well as some other funky colors you may want.
: Check Your Architecture
The app we are installing is a modified version of YouTube. At the time of writing, 59 versions are available, many of which only work with a specific CPU architecture. To avoid trying to install a version that does not work with your phone, you need to know what type of processor you have.
Most phones in the last three years use the ARM64 architecture, while older phones have used ARM. A mobile CPU with x86 architecture is very rare. However, if you're still unsure which type of processor you have, we have a guide that will help you to find out:
If Yours Processor Architecture, you can now download YouTube Vanced. This app is not hosted in the Play Store and therefore requires that your phone be set to allow laterally loaded apps.
Now go to from this link from your phone. First, grab MicroG (an open source version of Android Services that lets you sign in to YouTube Vanced) by tapping the second entry under "MicroG APK Download." Then scroll up and tap the search box under the heading "APK Download". Enter the desired color theme for YouTube: either Black, Dark, Blue, or Pink.
Based on the architecture found in Step 1, select the latest version of the app from the list that matches either your phone's architecture or "All" under "Architecture." After you've downloaded the APKs for YouTube Vanced and MicroG, install both by opening the files from your notification area and then clicking "Install" "YouTube Blue" or "YouTube Pink". However, the Dark or Black theme variants are referred to as "YouTube Vanced". You now also have two YouTube apps on the phone, the standard YouTube app and YouTube Vanced. You can just hide the second app with a custom launcher like Nova.
If you do not load this app, there is a chance it contains malware. Unlike apps that have been reviewed by Google in the Play Store, trust the developers here. This is a very popular app with a large user community, so you should be fine, but please download it at your own risk.
Step 3: Activate the theme
Now open the YouTube app (whether YouTube Blue, YouTube Pink or YouTube Vanced) and select your profile picture (or Silhouette icon) in the top right corner, and then choose "Settings." Select Vanced Settings, then select Layout Settings.
The last two entries in the list are "X-Watch" and "X-Theme", where X represents the color of the theme you have selected Activate and activate the new theme.
The pink design is different from other themes: Unlike the others that use YouTube's white background image by default, YouTube Pink already has a pink text title of videos, video submenus, and channel names before the theme is activated under "Stories" use pink text.
Once the theme is enabled , the background turns pink. The text changes between white and black with titles of videos in white and playback controls in black blue on activation and gray on deactivation
If you have chosen the blue theme, the background changes to blue and the text changes between white and black , where black is mainly used for buttons and white for most text. Toggles are black when enabled and gray when disabled.
The dark theme has the same "almost black" color as the dark theme in the unmodified YouTube app. The background is not really black, so OLED panels can not save so much energy (though they can still save up to 60% on this issue). The text is either white or gray, the buttons are mostly gray and the video titles are white. The switches are blue when enabled and gray when disabled.
For OLED users, the black theme is the best option. The background is really black on this theme, which means that the pixels are off, saving the largest possible battery life. The colors of the text, buttons and buttons correspond to the dark mode.