How to activate YouTube's new Dark Theme and more

YouTube Dark Theme

Three weeks ago, we explained how you could enable YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode. The process then only worked in Chrome and required a little tinkering.

Google has now made it possible for anyone to easily switch to the dark side, and that’s not all. There’s now a whole new Material Design look for the site which Google says will make YouTube "easier and more fun to use."

To access the new version of the site, all you have to do is go to, and click the Try It Now button.

What you’ll get, according to Google, is:

    • Clean design: The content and creators that you love shine with a clean, simple design.
    • Dark Theme: Activate dark theme from the new account menu to cut down on glare and take in the true colors of the videos that you watch.
    • Built for the future: We've been working on a totally new site design that's built on a new faster framework. That means we can build new features faster, such as dark theme and more to come.

Once enabled, click on the Profile button (or the Hamburger button if you're not logged in) and you can enable the Dark Theme there, or Restore classic YouTube if you’re not a fan of the new design.

Note, switching to the Dark Theme will only affect the current browser. If you view YouTube in more than one browser, and/or on more than one device, you’ll need to repeat the process on each one.

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