According to 9to5Google‘s excellent teardown, the YouTube v13.0 app includes code for a dark theme. This would make sense, seeing how the YouTube redesign on the web lets you toggle between a light or dark theme, while YouTube Music has opted for a darker aesthetic since its launch.
YouTube has already introduced a darker theme in is web version and YouTube Music. Now the company will introduce this theme in its mobile app as well. YouTube will soon feature an Incognito mode. At the moment, users can pause watch and search history by heading to “History & privacy” in settings.
One more interesting feature that YouTube upcoming update will include is “Swipe the Ads”. For those who do not have YouTube Red in their countries, ads are often played in front of videos. The users have to watch the video for five seconds at least and then they can skip it. However, in the coming update, YouTube users can swipe away an ad, instead of tapping.
While on iOS,
Google has recently updated its app for iOS, with the option of a Dark Mode.
The change was found and posted to Reddit, and although it applies to the official app, not everyone is seeing the option just yet. Some have speculated that the feature is being enabled server side and that it might take some time to roll out to all users. Regardless, it is good to know that soon enough, you’ll be able to toggle the app to have a more muted look, instead of its usual bright white theme.
Again, this update could be rolling out in waves, so don’t be frustrated if you aren’t seeing it yet.