Last March, YouTube officially announced that a dark theme will be included in the Android and iOS app after debuting on the revamped web version for the first time. It was first extended to the iOS client and finally appears for Android users.
The feature was launched last night with the launch of the "Dark Theme" along with a pop-up at the bottom of the screen to record the new feature. There is an option to disable and close the command prompt.
It can be called manually by clicking Settings and then General. Directly under Digital Wellbeing's function "Remind me to take a break" there is a new "Dark Theme" toggle.
As on the Web and on iOS, the theme is more of a dark gray than a straight black color. The background, the settings, the search pages and everything that was previously unknown are applied to the dark theme by the app. The compact, minimized video player and all tabs receive the same treatment.
Channels still retain their colorful app bars, while the dark theme's biggest influence is on the video page – where the video player is black before it's fully loaded. The initial loading experience is now less visually disturbing.
The feature is still being introduced, but in light of the reports, it seems primetime ready, not just an A / B test.
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