Rub shoulders with leading experts and industry disruptors at TNW Conference →

The heart of tech

This article was published on September 6, 2018


YouTube’s Dark theme is rolling out to Android now – here’s how to get it

YouTube’s Dark theme is rolling out to Android now – here’s how to get it
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Story by

Abhimanyu Ghoshal

Managing Editor

Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

YouTube’s dark theme had begun rolling out to a few lucky Android users at the end of July, but it seems like it’s finally becoming available more widely with the latest version of the app.

Android Police noted that the feature requires version 13.35.51 to work. You can either try updating the app via Google Play, or grab the installer to sideload from APK Mirror (opt for one of the nodpi versions on that page).

To turn it on, tap your profile icon at the top right of the screen in the YouTube app, then head to Settings > General, and then flipping the switch on the Dark theme option there.

Find the Dark theme option under Settings > General
Find the Dark theme option under Settings > General

In case you don’t see the option, try closing the app from the list of running apps on your device and restarting YouTube. If it still doesn’t show up, try changing your location to United Kingdom on the same Settings > General screen and then restarting the app.

The dark theme is certainly easier on the eyes if you’re using the app after dark, or in bed. It’s also available on iOS, its mobile site, and desktop.

Also tagged with