YouTube Dark Mode Surfaces in Latest Desktop Chrome Browser Update

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google appears to be testing a Dark Mode feature for YouTube in the latest version of its Chrome 57 desktop browser.

    The built-in mode was discovered on Thursday and shared in a Reddit post, and while the setting doesn't appear by default, a quick command in the developer console is all that's required to enable it.

    YouTube Dark Mode in Chrome with black theme enabled

    Follow these steps to enable the YouTube dark mode in Chrome on Mac. Make sure you're signed in to YouTube before performing the steps.
    1. Press the keyboard combination shortcut Option + Command + I to open the developer tools sidebar.
    2. Click the Console tab.
    3. Paste document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE" into the console and press enter.
    4. Close the developer tools sidebar and refresh the YouTube page.
    5. Click your YouTube profile picture, select Dark Mode from the dropdown, and toggle the switch to enable the mode.
    Google Chrome is available to download for free on the Chrome website. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: YouTube Dark Mode Surfaces in Latest Desktop Chrome Browser Update
  2. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    It would be cooler if it only darkens when the video is playing and then lightens again when the video pauses or stops.
  3. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    It sticks after you logout, but not after a Chrome restart, I just tried with a new throwaway email address.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm not a fan of dark mode, but I'll give it a shot nonetheless.
  5. Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2013
    Netflix decided to go the other way on this one with insanely bright ads that wake you up if you fall asleep while Netflix is playing. I guess it may motivate people to turn their tv off though. But if not at least it'll make us groggy and grumpy.
  6. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    The UI on my YouTube app has gone from having red accents to white accents. Maybe future dark mode in app too?
  7. Rychiar macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    I wish all websites and OSS were dark. Sick of burning my eyes on white screens
  8. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    For those who just want to see what a dark mode would look like without jumping through a lot of hoops, I'd suggest adding the Chrome extension Magic Actions for Youtube. It does a dark mode that you can turn on and off by flipping a virtual light switch in the upper left corner (shout out to Scott Forstall and skeuomorphism:)). There are some fairly granular controls - which is nice - but a lot of them are check-boxed for you. I'd suggest going through and un-checking what you don't want to use. Easy to uninstall extension once you're done playing with it.
  9. Dilster3k, Apr 14, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017

    Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    Wow guys big news eh? I've literally been using dark mode and the new layout for 8 weeks now on Safari, even though it's been available for months now.

    Just look up the code and give it into the java console...

    Edit: Tada!
    Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 4.03.12 PM.png
  10. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    As someone who extensively uses Safari, does anyone know if it'll ever come there or it'll be Chrome only :(
  11. Speechless macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2015
    Non-gentrified Brooklyn.
    I've been using YouTube's dark mode in safari for weeks.
  12. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    Dude, how? I'd really appreciate it if you could tell me
  13. DaPizzaMan macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2016
    You're trolling, right?

    Netflix doesn't have ads.
  14. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  15. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Netflix doesn't have ads.
  16. Te0SX macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2014
  17. Howyalikdemapls, Apr 14, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017

    Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2013
    I'm referring to Netflix's new screensaver that advertises its original content. Now if I fall asleep watching Netflix, rather than dim the screen and turn on the Roku's black screened clock display, Netflix has it's own "screen-saver" that scrolls through still image ads for its shows.
  18. Speechless macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2015
    Non-gentrified Brooklyn.
    It's part of YouTube's new interface.
    I wish I could be more of more help but I seriously just logged in one day and the interface was different (like when Twitter updates). There's an option there:

  19. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    Why can't Apple do something like this for safari? Make it optional under settings. I'm not a fan of night mode as it alters colors and hues.
  20. displayblock macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2014
    Because not all websites are created equal.
  21. Col4bin macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    El Segundo
    All aboard the dark mode train. Here's to hoping iOS 11 included.
  22. Miguel Cunha macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Braga, Portugal
    And my brain.
    Everything should have a dark mode.
    White is good for paper.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 15, 2017 ---
    They could start by their own websites and try to make a trend, as they do with so many things.
  23. NathanWind macrumors newbie


    Feb 19, 2014
    North America
    Ah…finally! Watching videos on YouTube and skimming comments is something I do mostly at night with tired eyes. The white screen blasting light into my face is something I prefer to forgo. Thumbs up to dark mode.
  24. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    First, so you're saying this works in Safari, so it's not a "Chrome feature", but is a stylesheet sent to the browser when this cookie exists? Chrome does appear to be darkening the toolbar at the same time, though, eh?

    Secondly, it's "JavaScript"... not the same as "Java". Those are two different languages. Just don't want people to get confused about that.

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