Youtube rolling out the “Dark mode” for its Mobile app to match with the website’s dark mode isn’t something unheard of, and I’m sure you’re wondering How To Enable YouTube Dark Mode On Android, cause the sad truth is, Android doesn’t have it yet!

For Android, the official statement rhymes with “Coming Soon”, how soon it actually will be is the million dollar question, well worry not, the Android dev community came to the rescue with a simple fix to the problem.

Enable YouTube Dark Mode On Android

Even though Google owns both Youtube and Android, they prioritized iOS (Apple) devices when it came to this new feature which would turn the violent red theme into somewhat more soothing black(ish) colors.

And hey, it’s not just about “looks”, the dark mode is well-known for being easy on the eyes, basically it’s the same thing which you get with cell phone “Night modes”, it’s just for Youtube.

Anyway, let’s not beat around the bush any longer, here’s how to Enable Youtube Dark Mode on Android.

Prerequisite to Enable YouTube Dark Mode On Android

Your device needs to be rooted! (Duh). That’s the very basic and first requirement cause we will be making changes to the shared-prefs in /dat value, and that can only be done on rooted devices.

If it’s already rooted, great, if not, root it. And then, you’ll need the “Preference Manager” app, which can be downloaded directly from Google Play Store.


Secondly, you’ll need to have one of the following versions of Android in order for the method to work:

  • Oreo
  • Nougat
  • Marshmallow
  • Lollipop.

You should also have your device rooted, if you do not already, you can use Magisk for a pain and easy rooting process. Download button below!


Once you’ve made sure you’ve got all the requirements, it’s an easy one from there.

How To Enable YouTube Dark Mode On Android (Root)

Step 1: First of all, launch Preference Manager from on your device. It’ll ask you for “Superuser Request” which is basically “root access”, so just tap on “Grant” to grant the app root access.

Dark mode on Youtube Android

Step 2: The list that comes up generally doesn’t include “System apps”, and as Youtube is a system app, you’ll need to click on the three dots on the top-right corner of the screen and tap on “Show system apps” to unhide Youtube.

Dark mode on Youtube Android

Step 3: Tap on Youtube from the list, and it’ll grant you access to Youtube files, make sure you’re in the “Youtube.xml” tab, there type “Dark” in the search bar. You should get two preferences, namely:

  • theme_dark_app
  • and theme_dark_watch_panel

They’ll be set to “False” by default, all you’ve got to do is, change them to “True” and you’re all set!

Step 4: In case the above values do not exist in your Youtube.xml file, you can create them using the following code:

<boolean name="theme_dark_app" value="true"/>
<boolean name="theme_dark_watch_panel" value="true"/>

Step 5: It creates Boolean values for the two preferences and works seamlessly.

How to enable Dark mode on Youtube Android

It’s important to save the settings, and then force close your Youtube app (Settings > Application Manager > Youtube > Force close) for the dark mode to come into effect.

How to enable Dark mode on Youtube Android

Final Words on How to Enable Youtube Dark Mode on Android

Note that the dark mode on the Youtube app isn’t pitch-dark, it’s rather soft-black (I hope that word exists) and as the process requires “root”, make sure you’re willing to forfeit your devices’s warranty before going through the steps (Considering you hadn’t already rooted the device earlier).

Anyway, do let me know if this piece helped you folks? And also if you’ve got other ideas to enable Youtube dark mode on Android.

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