YouTube has a secret ‘Dark Mode’ – this is how you activate it

You may have never seen it, but it turns out YouTube has a secret dark mode – and you can activate it too.

As discovered by one resourceful Redditor, the secret mode appears to be available solely on the latest reiteration of Chrome (version 57 and above) – and once enabled, it seems to automatically apply to to the remainder of the website, including the homepage and the dedicated channel pages.


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Here’s how you can activate it:

  • Open the Chrome developer tools tab.
    • Windows users can do this by pressing Ctrl + Shift + I.
    • Mac users can do this by pressing Option + Cmd + I.
  • Select the Console tab.
    • Once in Console, paste the following text: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”
    • Hit enter.
  • Close the developer tools tab and refresh the page. Just a little heads-up: YouTube might look slightly different – though still in white.
  • Click the main settings menu in the top right and find the ‘Dark Mode’ section.
  • Toggle ‘Dark Mode’ on and you’re settled.

Now head to YouTube and kill all the lights.

[H/T Owen Williams]


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