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How To Set YouTube To Dark Mode

Switching From Light Theme To Dark Theme In YouTube


Did you know that YouTube has a Dark Mode that's a lot easier on the eyes? It's not well publicized and not many people know about it. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set YouTube to Dark Mode.

Set YouTube To Dark Mode Steps

Click YouTube Profile Icon

1. Click on the profile icon at the top right hand corner of your YouTube page like show in the picture above. This will open up your profile options.


Click the appearance theme option in the youtube settings


2. Look for the appearance: device theme option with a moon next to it and click it.

Select the dark theme option in the youtube profile panel


3. Click on the 'Dark theme' option to set YouTube to dark mode.

And there you have it. You have now successfully set YouTube to dark mode. Take note that the changes only applies to this specific browser. If you were to log in to your YouTube account on another browser or device, you will need to make the changes again.

Is The YouTube Light Theme Or Dark Theme Better?

It really comes down to user preference on whether YouTube's light theme is better than the dark theme. Those who prefer dark mode claim that it increases the contrast between the text and the background, making it easier to read the text on your device.

According to one study, dark mode graphics have "significant benefits for visual acuity, fatigue, and usability"  with Head Mounted Displays. But whether that applies to traditional monitor screens remains to be seen.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, how we use our devices impacts eye-strain more than whether we use a light theme or a dark theme.

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