YouTube for iOS Gains New Dark Mode

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    YouTube is adding a new dark theme to its iOS app, which is rolling out to iOS users starting today, reports The Verge.

    The new theme, once available, can be activated by tapping on your account icon, selecting settings, and choosing "dark theme" to turn it on. Dark theme will invert many of the colors of the YouTube AI, replacing the traditional white background with a black background.

    Image via Redditor amievengabereal

    YouTube introduced a hidden dark mode feature for the desktop starting last year, and since then, the feature has been one of the most requested for its mobile apps.

    The dark theme for mobile devices has been in testing for the last few months and it has been previously available to a small number of YouTube users.

    You may not see the new dark theme available as an option right away, but it should be rolling out to all iOS users over the course of the day. YouTube also says a dark mode is coming to Android in the near future.

    YouTube is a free download for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: YouTube for iOS Gains New Dark Mode
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2008
    Nice addition.

    Thread will be full of complaints about how iOS itself doesn't have a dark mode.
  3. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Still can't play videos picture-in-picture or background, but hey, dark mode guys!
  4. Iconoclassst macrumors newbie


    Oct 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
  5. kplayaja macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2011
    New York, NY
    Ayyyyyeeee!!! There you go baby! Been waiting on this for a hot minute! WHOOAAAAA!!!!
  6. Iconoclassst macrumors newbie


    Oct 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Ya have to pay for YouTube Red for that feature. Lame!
  7. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    It’s a valid gripe IMO. But yeah let’s not overdo it folks.
  8. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nice. All apps should have a dark mode.

    What baffles me is Apple changed their wallet app from black to white. I don't know why they would consciously do this after the iPhone X release.
  9. csurfr macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Ineteresting that the dark mode feature comes to iOS before Android. I would not have expected that.
  10. apppen1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2016
    Finally. Been waiting for this since last year.
  11. BulkSlash macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2013
    While this is a nice addition, it's still missing essential features like background playback and picture-in-picture. Not to mention their custom video player doesn't include an on-screen volume control (what's so wrong with the stock player available to all iOS apps, Google?) and the comments display is a waste of time.

    If I ever get any spare time I'm going to write my own custom YouTube app and put it on GitHub so anyone can build and install it rather than something that Google can have disappeared from the App Store.
  12. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    It's not even true black though, which would especially be handy on the iPhone X with its OLED panel! :(
  13. apppen1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2016
    They want to sell you Youtube Red for background playback.
  14. adamjackson, Mar 13, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018

    adamjackson macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    ...while you're at it, can YouTube stop recommending Doug Demuro and Joe Rogen to me? I visit Youtube, click subscriptions and watch everything there. I don't go to trending or watch recommend videos and I keep auto play turned off. I've never watched a video from either of these guys but YouTube is convinced I want to.

    I honestly wish they'd let me block creators I'll never watch. I'd have a huge block list by now including fine brothers and every click bait Vlogger out there making videos for teenagers.

    Edit: Just opted out of everything recommended...let's see if that works:


    I only use YouTube on my AppleTV and nowhere else and AppleTV doesn't offer that opt out X button next to recommended content. Maybe it does on iOS? IDK.

    Edit 2: OMG I think it worked? Nothing recommended


    Edit3: Nope, just went to my AppleTV. it's recommending Ben Shapiro and Logan Paul . two topics I don't care about. Can i customize AppleTV YouTube to default on my subscriptions page? I don't want to see any of these jokers.
  15. PastaPrimav macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2017
    Thread will be full of complaints from users that don't understand this is how dark mode has to happen. 1 App at a time, with developer effort.
  16. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    You still get a massive power savings though.
  17. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    Can it do it automatically based upon time of day/lighting conditions?

    I have noticed that I don't end up using the dark modes that require manual invocation
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    I don't think even YT:Red has Picture in Picture outside the YT app though, does it?

    I think they don't want anything that might steal your focus away from ADs, but again, I don't see why YT:Red can't get PiP since you're paying to remove the ADs w/ that service.
  18. scottcampbell macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2017
    Yours was the first negative post I read. =) Way to preempt it!
  19. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Alright Apple, now it's your turn. iOS desperately needs this. Messages, Settings, Notes, all begging for a dark mode. Hell I'd like it in iTunes as well on the Mac.
  20. Delorean2006 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2012
    This is really exciting for me, I always turn on dark mode for everything, I just like the darker backgrounds and makes a lot of apps look better to me.
  21. dwman macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2007
    San Francisco
    I somehow must have been one of the lucky small group of users. I've had this feature for a couple of months now. Nice to see it finally rolling out to everyone.
  22. audiophilosophy macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2017
    New Orleans
    iTunes desperately needs a dark mode, particularly with the old spreadsheet style view.
  23. macslayer118 macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    I’m glad this isn’t another feature behind the “YouTube Red” paywall.
  24. eagleglen, Mar 13, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018

    eagleglen macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I’ve been reloading the app since I saw this on Twitter earlier this morning. Just now became available for me. Looks nice, but wish it was a true black background rather than dark gray. Oh well.
  25. thewebb macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2014

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