How to Activate YouTube Dark Mode in Windows 10 & macOS

How to Activate YouTube Dark Mode in Windows 10 & macOS

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Apr 14, 2017

YouTube is currently testing out a Dark Mode for both Windows 10 and macOS. I personally appreciate this move since the darker theme will make the viewing experience less stressful on the eyes when you’re watching content for hours. While the feature is yet to be officially announced because YouTube is still testing it out, here are some very simple steps that will allow you to enable Dark Mode on both Windows 10 and macOS.

Enabling Dark Mode Will Require Both Your Windows 10 and macOS Machines Running the Latest Google Chrome Update

To get started, you will first have to check if your operating system is running the latest version of Google Chrome. To check if it is, follow the steps given below.

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  1. Fire up Google Chrome and click on the top-right button which will show a drop-down series of options.
  2. Navigate to ‘Help’.
  3. Click on ‘About Google Chrome’.
  4. If it says that Google Chrome’s version is running update 57, then you can move on to the next step.

How to Enable YouTube Dark Mode on Windows 10?

  1. Head over to YouTube.com and press Ctrl + Shift + I.
  2. Click on the ‘Console’ tab.
  3. Type the following command in the space provided and hit Enter: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”
  4. Refresh your internet browser and you will be able to see the Dark Mode option in the settings menu on the top-right corner.

You can now toggle it on or off depending on your liking and you’re good to go.

How to Enable YouTube Dark Mode on macOS?

  1. Head over to YouTube.com and press Option + Command + I.
  2. Click on the ‘Console’ tab.
  3. Type the following command in the space provided and hit Enter: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”
  4. Refresh your internet browser just like you would do on Windows 10 and you will be able to see the Dark Mode option in the settings menu on the top-right corner.

Just like before, toggle it on or off depending on your choosing.

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YouTube has not officially announced when Dark Mode will be available but now that you know how to enable it on both platforms, your viewing experience is going to be far soothing than before.

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