Get YouTube's Dark Mode (and Ditch Ads) with 'YouTube Vanced' for Android

Get YouTube’s Dark Mode (and Ditch Ads) with ‘YouTube Vanced’ for Android

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Screenshot: David Murphy

Android: For whatever reason, Google has yet to give its Android YouTube app the long-awaited update that finally unlocks dark mode. iOS users can dark mode. Web viewers can dark mode. But Android? It’s the light side or nothing (at least, as of when we wrote this article).

That’s one reason why I love the modified YouTube app YouTube Vanced, available as a free APK download for rooted and stock Android devices. Hit up that webpage on your Android smartphone, find the correct version for your device—including an optional install of MicroG if you want to be able to log into YouTube Vanced using your actual YouTube account—and download it. Open up the APK, tweak your smartphone’s settings to allow installations from a non-Google Play source (if prompted), and you’re good to go. YouTube Vanced will appear inside your app drawer, likely right next to the official YouTube app.

When you load YouTube Vanced, you’ll see a pretty familiar interface. In fact, you probably won’t be able to tell the differences between it, and regular ol’ YouTube, at first glance.

Screenshot: David Murphy

Tap icon that looks like a person in the upper-right corner—your avatar, if you log in to YouTube—and tap on Settings. You’ll now see a few extra sections that differ from YouTube, as well as a few extra options within sections like “General.” Tap that, and you’ll be able to switch over to the app’s Dark theme. It’s delightful.

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