Enable dark mode in YouTube


Many people like to work at night, and majority of them prefer using dark mode of applications instead of the normal mode. Many people who work in the day also prefer using dark mode. E.g. dark mode in windows 10 was a much awaited feature among Windows users.
YouTube has not made this feature available to its users so far but with a little geeky tweak you can enjoy this mode in YouTube as well. Though we have a chrome extension that will let you watch YouTube in dark skin but this tweak that we are going to learn now will let you explore the inbuilt dark theme of YouTube. For enjoying this mode in YouTube you'll have to fiddle around with developer tools of your browser.

Enable dark mode in YouTube

How to enable dark mode in YouTube?

Dark mode for youtube can be enabled using Google chrome or Mozilla firefox. Before we start, just make sure you have the latest version of chrome or Firefox installed on your system.

Step 1 :

Open Youtube in Google chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Enable Dark theme in Youtube
Step 2 :

Access the developer tools of your browser. Here is a step by step account on how to access developer tools of the major browsers.

Step 3 :

Click on the console tab in the developer tools.

Enable Dark theme in Youtube
Step 4 :

Copy the code given below and paste it into the web console and hit Enter.

 

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE; path=/"

 

Enable Dark theme in Youtube

After Hitting enter the console will look something like this - 

Enable Dark theme in Youtube

 

Step 5 :

Just in case the code given in Step 4 does not work then copy and paste the code given below and hit enter -

 

text: document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE"

This code works fine in Firefox as well. But firefox gives a warning before pasting something in the console. If it gives the warning just type -  "allow pasting" (without quotes) and hit enter.

Then copy and paste the code given above in the console and hit enter.

 

Step 6 :

Close the Developer window and refresh the page.

Step 7 :

Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the page. If you are not logged in then click on the Menu icon (Three dots) in the top right corner.

Enable Dark theme in Youtube

 

Step 8 :

Click on "Dark Theme".

Enable Dark theme in Youtube
Step 9 :

Toggle the switch "Activate Dark Theme" to turn on the dark mode on Youtube.

Enable Dark theme in Youtube

Dark Theme for Youtube will get activated in Your Browser - 

Enable Dark theme in Youtube

How to turn off Dark mode in YouTube?

To turn off dark mode in YouTube -

Step 1 :

Open Chrome or Firefox.

Step 2 :

Click on the profile picture in the top right corner (Or the three dots menu icon if you are not logged in).

Step 3 :

Click on "Dark Theme".

Enable Dark theme in Youtube
Step 4 :

Toggle the switch "Activate Dark Theme" to turn off the dark mode on Youtube.

Enable Dark theme in Youtube

 

Note # Once you close your browser these dark mode setting will automatically get reset to normal mode of youtube.

Clear all the history of your browser to get rid of the entire dark mode feature in case you want to be cautious against the hacking threats.

Conclusion :

Enabling Dark mode can give an entirely new look to YouTube. Those who love to work at night will love this theme a lot. Dark theme enhances the major parts of the webpage by giving a dark shade to the surrounding items. There are some more YouTube tricks that you'll like to explore - Using YouTube Keyboard shortcuts can make your YouTube experience very smooth, You can use YouTube like a music player by using some chrome extensions, You can preview YouTube videos directly from the links of those videos.