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YouTube is finally enabling a dark mode on its Android app

YouTube introduced a dark mode for its desktop app last year, then rolled it out for iOS users in March this year. In July, Google announced that Android users would be able to switch from the usual white background on YouTube to the new dark theme, but that seems to have been a very limited rollout.

However, after waiting months for it, all Android users can finally enable Dark Mode on their mobile apps. Some Redditors spotted that the latest release of the Android YouTube app, version 13.35.51, is rolling out more widely with the option to enable Dark Mode.

YouTube's Dark Mode for Android

YouTube's Dark Mode for Android

If you’d like to enable YouTube’s Dark Mode on your Android handset, just open the app, go to the settings pane and tap on General. You’ll see the toggle switch for enabling the dark theme.

If, however, you can’t see the option, 9to5Google suggests removing the app from your Recents menu and relaunching again to trigger the update. If that doesn’t work, you could either try updating it via Google Play or sideload the installer from APK Mirror.

If you’ve set it up already, then welcome to the dark side.

Sharmishta Sarkar

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (yes, she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing cameras and lenses, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She also contributes to Digital Camera World and T3, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines in Australia.