YouTube Dark Mode Surfaces in Latest Desktop Chrome Browser Update

Google appears to be testing a Dark Mode feature for YouTube in the latest version of its Chrome 57 desktop browser.

The built-in mode was discovered on Thursday and shared in a Reddit post, and while the setting doesn't appear by default, a quick command in the developer console is all that's required to enable it.

YouTube Dark Mode in Chrome with black theme enabled

Follow these steps to enable the YouTube dark mode in Chrome on Mac. Make sure you're signed in to YouTube before performing the steps.

  1. Press the keyboard combination shortcut Option + Command + I to open the developer tools sidebar.

  2. Click the Console tab.

  3. Paste document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE" into the console and press enter.

  4. Close the developer tools sidebar and refresh the YouTube page.

  5. Click your YouTube profile picture, select Dark Mode from the dropdown, and toggle the switch to enable the mode.

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2 weeks ago
I wish all websites and OSS were dark. Sick of burning my eyes on white screens
Rating: 10 Votes
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2 weeks ago
Wow guys big news eh? I've literally been using dark mode and the new layout for 8 weeks now on Safari, even though it's been available for months now.

Just look up the code and give it into the java console...

Edit: Tada!


Rating: 5 Votes
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2 weeks ago

Netflix decided to go the other way on this one with insanely bright ads that wake you up if you fall asleep while Netflix is playing. I guess it may motivate people to turn their tv off though. But if not at least it'll make us groggy and grumpy.

You're trolling, right?

Netflix doesn't have ads.
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2 weeks ago

Dude, how? I'd really appreciate it if you could tell me


It's part of YouTube's new interface.
I wish I could be more of more help but I seriously just logged in one day and the interface was different (like when Twitter updates). There's an option there:

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1 week ago
Ah…finally! Watching videos on YouTube and skimming comments is something I do mostly at night with tired eyes. The white screen blasting light into my face is something I prefer to forgo. Thumbs up to dark mode.
Rating: 1 Votes
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1 week ago
Here's how to enable it in Safari (MacOS):

You need to have Developer menu enabled. Go to Safari -> Preferences -> Advanced tab, and enable Developer menu.

* Go to www.youtube.com ('//www.youtube.com') and from the Developer menu select Show error console (or press: option + command + I)
* In the error console open Storage tab
* In the left panel select "Cookies - www.youtube.com ('//www.youtube.com')"
* Look through the cookies and see if there is one called "VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE". If there is, delete it.
* Then enter the following command to the error console at the bottom where it reads ">"

document.cookie='VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE;domain=.youtube.com;path=/;max-age='+100000000000+';';

After that refresh the youtube page and press on the profile icon. That profile menu should now look completely different than how it was before. You should find the Dark Mode from there.
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2 weeks ago
I'm not a fan of dark mode, but I'll give it a shot nonetheless.
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2 weeks ago
Works perfect with Vivaldi.
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1 week ago
How can I do this with Safari?
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2 weeks ago
It would be cooler if it only darkens when the video is playing and then lightens again when the video pauses or stops.
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