YouTube now follows system-level device theme on Windows 10

Windows 10 theme setting

YouTube’s dark theme, often referred to as YouTube’s dark mode
feature is a setting that replaces the app’s default white
layout with a dark look. After a new server-side update,
YouTube website finally respects the system-level preference on
Windows 10.

In 2018, Google announced a dark theme for YouTube on desktop
and mobile. The dark theme of YouTube is more of a dark grey
colour rather than a straight black, which looks great on
devices with AMOLED panel, such as the Surface Pro X and Galaxy
Book.

This dark theme is set to off by default, with users given the
option to “Turn on” the dark appearance from YouTube’s
settings. After today’s update, the web version of YouTube for
Windows 10 now follows the user-set device theme if you use
Google Chrome.

There’s a new option called “Use device theme” that allows
YouTube web app to automatically update its colour scheme to
respect the Windows 10’s built-in theme preference.

YouTube dark theme

This feature is already available in YouTube app for Android 10
and it apparently results in a uniform experience for users.
The “Light theme” option is still available and it lets you
force light theme on YouTube when Windows 10 itself is in dark
theme.

You can choose the “Use device theme” under the three dots menu
> appearance> to get the website to respect Windows 10’s
system-level setting.

YouTube Device Theme

To have the YouTube site obey your dark theme preference, you
will have to make your way to the Windows 10’s personalization
settings. In personalization page, you need to tap on ‘Colours’
option, and you will be able to choose from three options:
“Light”, “Dark”, and “Custom”.

It appears that a server-side switch is involved in the rollout
of YouTube’s new feature. That said, it shouldn’t take too long
for the new feature to show up on all devices running Windows
10.

For some unknown reasons, YouTube’s device theme option is
currently broken in Microsoft Edge 85.

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