There’s no denying that YouTube is the largest video sharing platform and by a large margin. Even with all of the competition from licensed streaming services and Facebook, YouTube still brings in an audience of over a billion. Data suggests that most of this audience is using the service through smartphones and tablets. Since these devices are ideal for watching the short YouTube videos while on a commute or in bed at night. And that makes the YouTube app ever so important. We’ve all watched YouTube in the night at some point, and been annoyed by the contrast between the video and the bright white app background. Surprisingly, YouTube did get a Youtube dark mode but for the web instead.

If you’re watching YouTube on a smartphone, you’re still stuck with an app with white background. That could soon change, though. According to Android Police, YouTube might soon be bringing a Dark mode to its Android app. The said dark mode is currently labeled Dark Watch on YouTube Dark Mode v12. 45 but you can not just activate it from the settings yet. The feature seems half-baked at best right now, which is probably why Google chose to disable it.


As seen in the screenshot above, some items are not all that dark themed. Also, some text and icons are absolutely invisible on a dark background. The visible text too is not that visible. It doesn’t seem like this Youtube Dark Mode Watch will be coming officially to the YouTube app pretty soon.


If you watch Youtube Dark Mode through the Android app a lot and you tend to watch videos when it’s late and in darker rooms, then the dark colored UI will definitely be useful and easier on your eyes. As an added bonus, the app also blocks any YouTube ads and allows Background playback. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? As a general rule of thumb, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So of course, this one comes to an issue of its own on Youtube Dark Mode. The issue is that the modded Youtube Dark Mode version here is 12.34.55 while the latest official YouTube app on 12.45.54. It is not really that big of a deal, but it is something you should be aware of. Also, since this is a mod, not obviously available on the Play Store, tough luck about regular updates.

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