YouTube for Android just Released Dark Mode (Again) and It’s Real this Time Around

Android YouTube dark mode is finally here (again), running on version 13.34.51 of the mobile app, and this time, it shouldn’t disappear…

Here’s a bit of deja vu. YouTube for Android now has dark mode. (Yes, again.) Several Reddit users report seeing the option on version 13.35.51. And, this time it appears like it’s legitimate. Google first announced the dark theme for the mobile app back in March. Then, in July some users began to encounter it. Although, it was quite limited in its release. Plus, it made a brief appearance in January. But now, it seems like it’s rolling out fully, after the company tweeted its anticipated arrival soon. 

Android YouTube Dark Mode is Now Live on the Mobile App

The dark theme first arrived on desktop last year. It allows users to more easily view content at night or in other low-light environments. When enabled, it turns the familiar white background black, making it perfect for sparsely lit spaces.

Android YouTube dark mode
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Not only does it place less demand on the eyes, there are tests which have shown dark modes actually help to save battery life. Those two reason alone are enough to bring the option to the mobile app. (Even though mobile users already consume over one hour of content on the app per day.)

Android users who don’t see the option simply need to update to the latest version. If it doesn’t appear, close the app from the Recents menu and relaunch it. The app should surface a prompt to try dark mode.

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