How to activate YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

If you tend to binge YouTube late at night, I have good news for you.

Reddit users have discovered a new “dark mode” on YouTube that gives the entire webpage a sleek, all-black look. Nothing about the update is official, so it requires a little bit of hacking, but here’s how you can get it:

  • Update Google Chrome to the latest version¬†

  • Open the console by hitting Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows or Option + Command + I on Mac or go to View > Developer > Javascript Console in the menu

  • Paste in “document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE” and hit enter

  • Close the developer window, refresh your browser

  • On the top right corner, you’ll be able to toggle dark mode either in your account settings or a separate menu if you’re logged out

  • That’s it!

The feature redesigns the page so that it is cleaner and more widely spaced out, all on a black background. 

Here’s what it looks like in action:

And here’s what the normal design looks like:

YouTube hasn’t announced the feature or anything like it, but we’ve reached out for additional comment.

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