YouTube is currently working on a Dark Mode, but you can now activate it (if you’re using Chrome).
The Dark Mode feature is technically an experiment, which means YouTube could pull it out at any point of the development. But access it, you can, by doing the following tweaks.
- Open Chrome (make sure you have the latest version of the browser) and go to the YouTube homepage.
- Hit Ctrl + Shift + I (on Windows) or Option + Cmd + I (on Mac) to pull up the Developer Tools panel.
- Click on “Console”
- Paste the following code:
var cookieDate = new Date(); cookieDate.setFullYear(cookieDate.getFullYear( ) + 1); document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE; expires=" + cookieDate.toGMTString( ) + "; path=/";
- Hit enter, then refresh the page.
- On the upper-right corner of the page, click on your profile picture, and click on Dark Mode. Make sure it’s set to On.
That’s it. It will change the look of YouTube, making the interface a bit more evenly spaced. Although not completely, having a dark mode reduces some eye strain from watching hours and hours of content.