Google runs a dark mode experiment right now on the YouTube video streaming platform that allows users to switch the light theme to a dark theme called dark mode.
As is the case with all experiments that Google runs, anyone may join it provided that they are either invited, or add the cookie that distinguishes participants from non-participants to their devices.
While the majority of Internet sites use white themes, a growing number has added support for darker themes to their sites as well. Additionally, users may style websites individually using userstyles, or directly depending on the browser's capabilities. You may download dozens of styles for YouTube that turn the site's color scheme into a darker one.
Note: YouTube's Dark Mode is an experiment right now. This means that there is a possibility that Google will pull the feature before release.
Update: You can enable YouTube's Dark Theme right now on this page on YouTube. Simply hit the try it now button to get started. You may then enable Dark Mode with a click on the profile icon in the top right corner on YouTube, and selecting Dark Theme there.
The main benefit of using the built-in Dark Mode of YouTube is that it works on the whole site, and that it will continue to work even if Google changes part of the site's layout.
To enable dark mode on YouTube right now, do the following:
Open your web browser of choice. I will explain to you how you can set Dark Mode using Firefox and Chrome.
Once done, click on the profile icon in the upper right corner on YouTube. You find the new Dark Mode option listed there.
Click on the Dark Mode:off option of the context menu. This opens an overlay that explains what Dark Mode is on YouTube. You do get an option to turn it on there, or turn it off again as well.
Once enabled, Dark Mode is active on all pages on YouTube that you open. Google notes that Dark Mode has been designed for an ideal experience for night, but no one is keeping you from running Dark Mode 24/7 if you prefer it that way.
Dark Mode may go better with darker operating system or browser themes.
Now You: What do you prefer, light or dark themes?
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