Many of YouTube’s recent changes like playing YouTube videos in the background have refurbished the viewing experiences on mobile and over-the-top devices, but the video platform also seems to be tinkering with its desktop website. With the latest update, users can now enable hidden Dark Mode in YouTube, which makes the site’s layout easier on your eyes during night-time hours.
The feature is available only through Google Chrome web browser and requires you to dip your toes in its Developer Tools panel. However, it’s nothing more than pasting a line of code and refreshing YouTube. Doing so will hardly take a minute. Here’s how to enable YouTube’s dark mode:
Enable Hidden Dark Mode in YouTube
1. First of all, make sure that you have the latest version of Google Chrome installed on your system
2. Open Chrome on your system, navigate to YouTube and sign into your account
3. Navigate to Chrome’s Developer Tools panel by pressing Command + Option + I on a Mac or Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows
4. Select the Console tab to enable hidden dark mode in YouTube
5. Copy and paste the following line of code: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE” and hit the Enter key on your keyboard
6. Close the Developer Tools panel and refresh your browser
7. The dark mode toggle switch is available in the main Settings menu at the top-right corner
8. Now, all you need to do is just toggle the switch to enable YouTube’s hidden dark mode
9. Here’s how YouTube looks in hidden dark mode:
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Unfortunately, you’ll need to re-enable Dark Mode each time you restart Chrome. Hopefully, the search engine Google will soon make this new feature officially save you the step of entering the code when you’re using YouTube at late night and want to make things a little easier on your eyes. Meanwhile, use this hack and enjoy video streaming on YouTube without much strain on your eyes. Why not give it a try now?