After almost a year the ‘dark mode’ feature showed up on the desktop version of YouTube and four months after it appeared on iOS, finally the functionality will now be seen on Android devices as well. YouTube has reported that it would start rolling dark mode for its Android application in its entirety. Some users have already started receiving the update. The feature which was much liked by users on both desktop and iOS was one of the handfuls missing from Android for quite some time now. However, Android users won’t have to worry about eye strains and low batteries now. The ‘dark mode’ on the YouTube Android app will help users reduce eye strain while using YouTube at night. Not only that, but the black theme of the application under the dark mode setting will save battery as well. It is also worth noting that phones with the OLED panel will deliver darker blacks than standard display panels.
To toggle on the ‘Dark Mode’ on their Android YouTube app, users will need to go to the Setting menu and then they’ll need to navigate to the Digital Wellbeing section. Further, the users will find the ‘Dark Mode’ toggle option under the “Remind me to take a break” button.
Notably, this is not the only new feature which YouTube has added to its arsenal in the recent. The video streaming platform has also rolled out a new update which lets creators add hashtags in video titles and in the description to improve the search ability of their content. Also, the platform will be introducing a new Explore tab which will find its place in the iOS app first and will replace the existing Trending section.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki also made an announcement telling that currently, YouTube boasts of 1.9 billion users monthly active users and that users watch 180 million hour’s worth videos on TV screens a month. There are also conversations floating online about YouTube starting its original programs series in India to take on competition which has erupted in the form of other content distribution platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.