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Android users get YouTube’s dark mode

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It's coming.
It’s coming.

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Well, this took a while. 

YouTube has finally given Android users a “dark mode” option, four months after the same feature rolled out on iOS devices. 

The setting to enable the dark mode, according to 9to5Google, can be found under Settings > General > Dark theme. 

Note that not all users see the setting — I don’t have it on any of my Android devices. For reference, on iOS devices you can find it under Settings > Dark theme. 

The dark theme will thoroughly darken your YouTube, which in my opinion is far easier on the eyes than making the background a pure black. 

So what’s the big deal? Well, a darker interface can be more pleasant to the eyes, especially if you’re in a dark room. And it just plain looks cooler. 

We’ve asked YouTube whether this is a permanent change that’s rolling out to all users or just some sort of test, and will update this article when we hear from them. 

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