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To turn on Dark Mode in the YouTube app «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



With the increasing popularity of OLED displays, companies such as Apple, Google and Samsung have now moved away from conventional LCDs in their flagship devices. An OLED screen provides deeper blacks and is better for battery life because each pixel can be controlled individually while emitting its own light. This in turn has made dark subjects an important software feature.

Recently, Google investigated the battery-saving effects of dark mode, and the results were startling. Especially with the YouTube app, the Dark Mode can reduce battery consumption by up to 60%. No wonder the app was recently added for Android and iOS. In addition to saving battery power, Dark Mode helps relieve your eyes at night, providing a more impressive viewing experience. So there's almost no reason not to enable this setting.

The battery savings of the dark mode in YouTube. Android Developers / YouTube Image

Step 1: Update or Install the YouTube App

YouTube is preinstalled on almost all Android phones. However, you can install it in the Play Store if this is not the case. I'm also sure many of you already have the YouTube app on your iPhone, but if you do not, you can download it from the App Store. You should also make sure that the app is updated to the latest version to access the dark mode feature.

Step 2: Turn on Dark Mode

Now open YouTube App and touch the top right of your profile icon and select Settings.

From here, if you're using an iPhone, just check the box next to "Dark theme". If you are using Android, first select "General", and then to activate the "Dark Theme" button.

(1) Enable the Dark theme on iOS. (2) Enable the Dark theme on Android. (3) Enable the dark theme on Android.

Now you can enjoy the new dark theme for the YouTube app on Android! What can you expect from the activation of the dark mode? The background color in all menus is now dark, the text is white, making it ideal for battery life. Not to mention, it is also more comfortable for the eyes at night. It's a win-win version for all current and future displays, not just OLEDs.

If you want to turn off the dark mode in YouTube, just repeat the above steps. However, turn the switch next to "Dark Theme" to the off position instead.

Cover images and screenshots of Stephen Perkins / Gadget Hacks

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