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Enabling Dark Mode in YouTube On Mac or Windows PC

Dark mode or dark theme or night mode is a feature that lets you switch an app’s or website’s primary color to black, gray or navy blue. Switching over to dark mode is an aesthetic preference for some people while for others it is a way to save their eyes at night.

YouTube added the feature to their website.

It is enjoyable to view videos on YouTube at night as they help relieve the day’s stress and fill the moments with happiness. Enabling Dark Mode in YouTube prevents your eyes from straining and allows the user to have better sleep. This guide showcases to you how to enable dark mode in YouTube, Chrome and Firefox on both Mac and Windows PC.

Enabling Dark Mode turns the pages’ light surfaces dark with light text which provides a fabulous viewing experience at night. This feature is available for Chrome and Mozilla on both Mac and Windows platforms.

It is important to ensure that you have the latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox installed on the computer.

Why Dark Mode

This feature has various names which include: Night Shift and Night Mode depending on the device or application. All it really means is that your display turns itself into a warmer palette that neuters the blue light and is easier on the eyes in the evenings and night time. Many people who objected this feature argued that it breaks the paramountcy of delivering as close to perfect color accuracy as possible. However, a tinted display is much more pleasant and friendly to use than a starkly faithful one. Dark Mode only warms up the hues, it does not detract the screen’s sharpness.

The fact is that, most of the time, we don’t need perfect color accuracy. Dark Mode can help individuals with affected sleep patterns due to use of blue light emitting screens in the evenings. There is not a hard-scientific consensus on the benefits of Dark Modes, and maybe they will not affect your sleep patterns at all. Although simply the comfort of using any smart device in twilight hours is dramatically improved.

Not only does Dark Mode eliminate that feeling of a burning cornea. It also prevents your device from lighting up the whole room which your roommates will greatly appreciate.

Steps to enable YouTube Dark Mode

Open Chrome or Firefox on your PC. You will find it in the Applications folder on Mac and the Windows/Start menu on Windows platform.

Navigate to the YouTube website using the link; https://www.youtube.com.

Open the developer menu by pressing Option + Command + I on Mac or Windows + Alt + I on Mac or Ctrl + Shift + I or F12 on Windows PC.

Click on Console tab.

Paste the below code:

document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE; path=/”

If the code does not work, try out this other one;

text: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”

If you face an error, type allow pasting and press enter then paste the below code and hit enter again:

text: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”

Hit Enter, close the developer window and refresh page.

Click on your profile icon or on the three-dot icon at the top right corner (If you are not logged into your YouTube account) then click on Dark Mode which opens the Dark Theme panel.

Click on the Activate Dark Mode switch to turn it On. YouTube will change its colors to a black background with lighter text when you click the switch. YouTube will continue to look like this as long as you use it in the respective browser.

DISABLING DARK MODE IN YOUTUBE ON MAC AND WINDOWS PC.

Steps

  1. Open YouTube on your PC by following the link; https://www.youtube.com.
  2. Click on your profile or the three-dot icon (if not signed in to your YouTube account) at the top right corner.
  3. Click on Dark Mode to open the Dark Theme panel.
  4. Turn off ‘Activate Dark Mode’ switch. YouTube will change the dark background to the original once you click the switch.

NOTE: All the settings will be reset once you close/reopen your browser.

Clear all history in the browser used if you want to disable the feature due to hacking threats.

Conclusion

Protecting your eyes while watching movies, browsing the web or playing games especially at night is important. This can be achieved by enabling Night Shift mode on your Mac or iPhone.

This option is also available in tvOS. You can also enable night mode in Twitter to browse more conveniently at night.

This Dark Mode for YouTube also helps to focus on the video being viewed rather than some other elements of the page like comments and other details by deemphasizing them.