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YouTube dark theme gets wider roll out on Android

YouTube has been testing Dark Theme with a small set of users since last year.

  • Published: September 6, 2018 4:34 PM IST
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YouTube has finally began wider roll out of dark theme. The feature was first spotted in a tear down of its application almost a year ago. The feature was consequently made available to iPhone users back in March and even some Android users were given early access a couple months ago.

Now, the Google-owned video platform is making the feature available to all users on Android. Android Police reports that YouTube’s Dark Theme seems to be rolling out to everybody starting today. The feature will make it easier to watch YouTube videos in dark environment without straining your eyes with white background.

Next time when you open the app, the service will prompt you to try the new Dark Theme with a button to enable it immediately. Once enabled, you will see everything as it is but the video thumbnails will flip from light to dark. In the case of buttons, the dark theme will switch to light. The switch from light to dark theme from overall user interface is much soothing to eyes and is particularly useful in dark environments.

Some users have reported that hitting that toggle did not trigger any change for them. In some case, people have also reported that they got the feature to work by force closing YouTube and restarting the application but even that experience has been far from ideal.

If you are unable to activate the feature by switching that toggle then you can enable by heading to Setting >> General and then toggle the switch to enable dark theme. If you could not find the option then you can manually enable the option by clearing the storage on the YouTube app and then restarting it and waiting a few minutes while it pulls data from the server. After this, you need to force close the app one more and then restart the application.

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This practice seems to have worked in the case of some users to get started with Dark theme. In order to use Dark theme, YouTube users need at least version 13.35 on their Android smartphone. YouTube had recently introduced a new feature which shows amount of time spent watching videos on the application.

  • Published Date: September 6, 2018 4:34 PM IST