A dark theme option for YouTube Android users is in the early stages of rolling out to end users, Google confirmed TechCrunch, and follows a series of reports and observations of the dark mode shown to users in the app's settings. The feature has taken a little longer to start than expected. YouTube first announced a dark mode for its mobile app back in March when launched on iOS. At that time, the company said that the dark theme of Android came "soon".
Five months later, well, here it is.
Like the iOS counterparty, the dark theme turns on or off in the Android app's settings. When enabled, YouTube's common white background changes to black through the YouTube app experience when browsing, searching, and watching videos.
The dark theme has a number of benefits for end users. It makes watching videos a more cinematic feeling, for starters. And after watching your screen for a long time, it can help you better focus on content, and not controls. It can also help cut down reflexes, and help viewers to take the right colors on the videos they see, explained the company earlier.
In addition, some tests have shown that dark topics can save battery life ̵
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YouTube introduced a dark theme in May 2017, when it debuted a number of improvements to the desktop website, including its simpler, Material Design-inspired look. At that time, it was said that a dark theme for mobile was a top request.
The YouTube app is not alone in relation to users' desire for a dark mode. Other high-profile apps have also gone this route, including Twitter, Reddit, Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterific, Reddit customers like Beam, Narwhal and Apollo, Podcast Player Cloudy, Calendar App Fantastical, Telegram X, Instapaper, Pocket, Feedly and others .
Google told us that the dark theme of YouTube on Android is still in the early stages of gradual deployment and it will have more updates about this launch in the coming weeks.
The update comes along with updating a YouTube community administration shared with YouTube's YouTube Helpful Video Vendor Help Forum. The player on the desktop now removes the black lines along with 4: 3 and vertical videos, by adjusting the display area accordingly, they said.