YouTube Dark: How To Access This Yet Unannounced New Feature

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Aug. 23 2017, Updated 4:29 a.m. ET

We’re sure Google and YouTube have a lot of secret features that we can blissfully ignore, but there is one feature they have been keeping hush-hush, and one some people could not potentially live without: Dark Mode.

So what exactly is YouTube Dark? Simple. It replaces YouTube’s white background with black. Now, reading that may make you think that it’s not much of an innovation, but depending on how sensitive your eyes are, this feature could be a godsend. Just ask anyone whose eyes can’t stand prolonged exposure to bright white light — which is what your computer monitor basically is.

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So how do you access this feature? Well, it’s not really officially implemented by YouTube yet, but as reported by TechTimes, it can be as simple as typing a string of code. However, there are a few prerequisites:

  1. You must use Google Chrome, updated to the latest version.
  2. You must be logged in to a YouTube account while performing the steps.

That’s about it. If those two requirements are not going to be a problem, then you’re free to follow these instructions.

First, while you are on the YouTube home page and logged on to an account, press Ctrl+Shift+I to bring up Developer Mode. This command is for Windows, and the equivalent for Mac is pressing Command+Option+I.

This will open a complicated-looking panel on the right side of your browser — don’t panic! Just look for the tab labelled “Console” and look for the input bar at the bottom part. If you found it, that is where you should paste this code:

document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”

…after which you should press Enter.

Now, refresh your browser. If you did all of the steps correctly, then you can click your user icon in the upper-right corner of the page. You will find that there are a lot more options on there, one of which is Dark Mode, as seen in the screenshot below.

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