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How to enable Dark theme in youtube on Android

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In March 2018, Google announced about dark theme in Youtube mobile applications for Android and iOS. Before that Google also introduced Dark theme / Dark mode on youtube for browsers. That Dark theme was immediately rolled out for iOS users but its several months since Google promised it for Android. But recently Youtube started testing Dark theme for some users.

For those of you who like to tinker with your device, you probably know that YouTube’s dark theme has been accessible on Android for months—provided you’re willing to root your device or install a modified APK. For those of you who either don’t want to root your device or sideload a modified version of the YouTube app, you’ll have a long wait ahead of you before the feature rolls out for your device.

But if you don’t want to wait, XDA Developers found a way to enable YouTube for Android’s dark mode without root and without modifying the APK.

If you want your YouTube app on Android to look like this, then read on.

Google Officially released Youtube Dark Theme in App Version 13.35.51. So here is a video on how to enable it and also four easy steps. Here’s how :

1) Open Youtube App check app version by going to Account > Settings > About > App Version. You require atleast Version 13.35.51 for Dark theme.

2) Now if you already have app version 13.35.51 then go to Account > Settings > General > Dark Theme (Enable it). Now you have that beautiful Dark theme on your device.

If you don’t see the option to enable dark theme even though having app version 13.35.51 then here are steps to get :

  1. Go to Android Settings > Apps > Find Youtube > Clear App data and cache.
  2. Now open youtube app again and close it.
  3. Now open youtube app again and follow the same steps as above and you will see option to enable it.

 

Android is a very versatile platform that can be easily modified and used as per our need. Many of the features are already available on the Android platform which is not visible to the users. These features can be generally accessed with the help of some command line Android Debug Bridge (ADB) commands, a tool that Google offers for developers to debug various parts of their applications or the system, but which we can use for all kinds of neat and hidden tricks.

 

ADB, or the Android Debug Bridge, is a computer tool that developers use to interface with their device. It offers a bunch of useful debugging tools, one of which allows users to backup and restore their application data. We’re going to be taking advantage of ADB’s backup and restore functionality to forcefully enable YouTube’s dark mode.

Enabling it is a piece of cake—the process should take seconds if you already have ADB set up. If you don’t have ADB set up, you’ll have to go through that process before you can proceed. We recommend you do set up ADB access for your smartphone, though, as it opens up a wide range of hidden customization options that normally aren’t available (such as system-wide, rootless custom themes on Android 8.0 Oreo and Android 8.1 Oreo.) If you’re comfortable with that and want to get YouTube for Android’s dark theme, then here’s how. We’ll explain exactly how this works after the step-by-step instructions.

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How to Enable Dark theme in youtube on Android

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  1. Make sure you’re up to date on the latest version of the app by downloading it from the Google Play Store above.
  2. If you haven’t already, download the latest platform-tools for your operating system so you can use ADB. If you don’t have ADB Setup on your PC follow guide below (How to Install ADB on Windows)
  3. Download “YouTubeDarkTheme_XDA.zip” from AndroidFileHost.
  4. Extract “YouTubeDarkTheme_XDA.ab” from the zip file and place it in the platform-tools folder where the ADB binary is located.
  5. Open up a command prompt or terminal window in the directory where ADB is located and enter the following command depending on your OS:
Windows Command Prompt: adb restore YouTubeDarkTheme_XDA.ab
Windows Power Shell: .\adb restore YouTubeDarkTheme_XDA.ab
macOS Terminal: ./adb restore YouTubeDarkTheme_XDA.ab
Linux Terminal: ./adb restore YouTubeDarkTheme_XDA.ab

6. You should see a message telling you to unlock your phone and confirm the restore operation.

  1. On your smartphone, you should see a fullscreen prompt requesting you approve a “full restore of all data.” Accept it without entering a password (the file we made doesn’t need one). Pressing “Restore My Data” will not wipe or replace any of your phone’s data (except YouTube’s settings, which is our goal here), so don’t worry.
  2. After a few seconds, the fullscreen prompt should disappear. If you are already in the YouTube app, it should reload with the dark theme present. If you weren’t already in the app, just open it up and it should load with the theme. There’s a small chance YouTube might force close, but this can safely be ignored by just re-opening the app.
  3. Congratulations, you should now have YouTube for Android’s dark theme enabled! You won’t see the toggle in settings, so if you want to turn off the dark mode you’ll have to clear YouTube’s app data.ALSO READ : How to remove number from truecaller in 2 Steps

How to Setup the Android Debug Bridge (ADB)

Phone Setup :

  1. Launch the Settings application on your phone.
  2. Tap the About Phone option generally near the bottom of the list (this is hidden behind the “System” option in Google’s latest Android Oreo version).
  3. Then tap the Build Number option 7 times to enable Developer Mode. You will see a toast message when it is done.
  4. Now go back to the main Settings screen and you should see a new Developer Options menu you can access.
  5. Go in there and enable the USB Debugging mode option.
  6. You are partially done with the phone setup process. Next up, you will need to scroll below and follow the rest of the instructions for your particular operating system.

Microsoft Windows ADB Setup :

  • Download the ADB ZIP file for Windows
  • Extract the contents of this ZIP file into an easily accessible folder (such as C:\adb)
  • Open Windows explorer and browse to where you extracted the contents of this ZIP file
  • Then open up a Command Prompt from the same directory as this ADB binary. This can be done by holding Shift and Right-clicking within the folder then click the “open command prompt here” option. (Some Windows 10 users may see “PowerShell” instead of “command prompt”.)
  • Connect your smartphone or tablet to your computer with a USB cable. Change the USB mode to “file transfer (MTP)” mode. Some OEMs may or may not require this, but it’s best to just leave it in this mode for general compatibility.
  • In the Command Prompt window, enter the following command to launch the ADB daemon: adb devices
  • On your phone’s screen, you should see a prompt to allow or deny USB Debugging access. Naturally, you will want to grant USB Debugging access when prompted (and tap the always allow check box if you never want to see that prompt again).
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Allow USB debugging
  • Finally, re-enter the command adb devices . If everything was successful, you should now see your device’s serial number in the command prompt. Yay! You can now run any ADB command on your device!

How to Install ADB on macOS

  1. Download the ADB ZIP file for macOS
  2. Extract the ZIP to an easily-accessible location (like the Desktop for example).
  3. Open Terminal.
  4. To browse to the folder you extracted ADB into, enter the following command: cd /path/to/extracted/folder/
  5. For example, on my Mac it was this:cd /Users/Doug/Desktop/platform-tools/
  6. Connect your device to your Mac with a compatible USB cable. Change the USB connection mode to “file transfer (MTP)” mode. This is not always required for every device, but it’s best to just leave it in this mode so you don’t run into any issues.
  7. Once the Terminal is in the same folder your ADB tools are in, you can execute the following command to launch the ADB daemon: adb devices
  8. On your device, you’ll see an “Allow USB debugging” prompt. Allow the connection.
  9. Finally, re-enter the command from step #7. If everything was successful, you should now see your device’s serial number in macOS’s Terminal window. Congratulations! You can now run any ADB command on your device! Now go forth and start modding your phone by following our extensive list of tutorials!

How to Install ADB on Linux

  1. Download the ADB ZIP file for Linux
  2. Extract the ZIP to an easily-accessible location (like the Desktop for example).
  3. Open a Terminal window.
  4. Enter the following command: cd /path/to/extracted/folder/
  5. This will change the directory to where you extracted the ADB files.
  6. So for example:cd /Users/Doug/Desktop/platform-tools/
  7. Connect your device to your Linux machine with your USB cable. Change the connection mode to “file transfer (MTP)” mode. This is not always necessary for every device, but it’s recommended so you don’t run into any issues.
  8. Once the Terminal is in the same folder your ADB tools are in, you can execute the following command to launch the ADB daemon: adb devices
  9. Back on your smartphone or tablet device, you’ll see a prompt asking you to allow USB debugging. Go ahead and grant it.
  10. Finally, re-enter the command from step #8. If everything was successful, you should now see your device’s serial number in the Terminal window output. Congrats! You can now run any ADB command on your device! Now go forth and start modding your phone by following our extensive list of tutorials!Also READ : Tracking and hack Whatsapp account – Check Online activity