How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube


Want to know how to activate dark mode on YouTube on Safari/Chrome/Firefox/Opera? Read this tip and grab this skill within simple steps.

Apr. 19, 2017


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Many YouTube users have a habit to watch videos at night, and some even stay up till three in the morning. This is a very unhealthy life. It is harmful to your eyes. So why not give your eyes a rest, or dim the lights. Recently, we have discovered that there is a hidden dark mode on YouTube website. By activating the dark mode on YouTube, we are not worry about watching YouTube videos in the dim light any more.

But how to activate YouTube dark mode? The method to get dark mode on YouTube mainly depends on which website browser you are using. In this tip we will share different ways to turn on YouTube dark mode on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.

How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube on Chrome, Opera, and Firefox

Step 1. Access Developer Tools

Google Chrome and Opera

To access Chrome and Opera developer tools, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + I on Mac, or Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows.


On Firefox, you can use keyboard shortcut Command + Option + K on Mac, or Ctrl + Shift + K on Windows to get developer tools.

Step 2. Enter the Code

Paste the following text: document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE" > Click Enter key > Close the developer tools > Refresh YouTube page.

How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube on Chrome - Step 2

How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube on Chrome - Step 2

Step 3. Activate Dark Mode on YouTube

Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner and click on Dark Mode > Turn on dark mode > Then your YouTube page will go into dark mode.

How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube on Chrome - Step 3

How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube on Chrome - Step 3

After activate YouTube dark mode, your page will be like:

How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube on Chrome - Step 4

How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube on Chrome - Step 4

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How to Activate Dark Mode on YouTube on Safari

Step 1. Open Safari > Preferences > Advanced tab > Enable "Show developer menu in menu bar"

Step 2. Go to YouTube website > Click on Develop in the menu bar > Choose Show Error Console

Step 3. Go to Storage tab in the console > Expand cookies on left pane > Click on the "" under cookies. If there is a cookie with name "VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE" already there, delete it first. Then at the Bottom in console with the ">" icon, paste the following text and hit Enter:


Step 4. Close the console and refresh the YouTube page > Click on the avatar / profile image on top right > Turn on dark mode on YouTube.

The Bottom Line

Although YouTube dark mode is just like dark mode on iPhone , hidden and not officially announced, we can have a try with this method to activate YouTube dark mode. If there are some questions when applying this method, you can leave messages in the comment.

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