YouTube 101: How to Enable the Dark Theme on Your iPhone

How to Enable the Dark Theme on Your iPhone

One of the downsides to iOS is the lack of a true dark mode. While Apple has offered a workaround, third-party developers have taken it upon themselves to implement dark themes in their apps. While big names like Twitter and Reddit have led the charge for some time, it appears YouTube is the next app to join the party.

Sadly, it seems dark mode is rolling out to users very slowly as a server-side update. If you don't see the option yet, and you're currently running version 13.01.4, know you're not alone. YouTube will, hopefully, get dark mode out to everyone soon, so we can all browse YouTube in the dark without going blind. In the meantime, use iOS 11's quasi-dark mode. It'll get the job done until YouTube pulls through.

When you do get the update, activating the dark theme is simple. Just tap the account icon in the top-right corner of the display, then tap "Settings." If you do have the option to switch to the dark theme, you'll find it to be the first option under YouTube. Simply tap the slider to switch between dark and light themes.

With update (left) and without (right), both on YouTube 13.01.4. Images by OustedHoChiMinh/Reddit, Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

Keep in mind: if you're using Apple's built-in "dark mode" when you activate YouTube's, it's going to look white. You'll have to disable the "dark mode" in iOS first if you'd prefer to use YouTube's. Just remember to turn the iOS "dark mode" back on when you leave YouTube or the rest of your iPhone will be back to normal.

If you'd like to test new YouTube features on iOS before anyone else gets them, try signing up for the YouTube for iOS beta. There's no guarantee you'll be able to join, since the beta may already be full, but you'll at least be put on a waiting list.

Cover photo by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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