Google is working on updating the user interface for the world's most popular video streaming service, YouTube. The service is getting a new dark theme. Here is how to get early access to this feature.
As of this writing, only a select number of users can access the updated YouTube theme. If you are not one of them, here is good news. You can still try out the new appearance in any browser which supports cookie editing. In the example below, I will use Mozilla Firefox.
To enable the experimental dark theme on YouTube, do the following.
Open Firefox and point the browser to the following URL: https://www.youtube.com/.
Sign in with your user account for this service. If you don't have an account, then create one.
Press Ctrl + Shift + K to open the Web Developer Console tool.
In the console, type or copy-paste the following line:
Press the Enter key and refresh the YouTube page. You can press the F5 key on the keyboard or use Ctrl + F5 to reload all cached page elements.
Now, close the console and click on your user profile icon in the top right corner. You'll see a new user menu which contains a number of new commands including the dark theme.
Click the "Dark theme: Off" command to toggle the theme. It will be applied instantly.
Here is how it looks.
The same can be done in any modern web browser which comes with built-in developer tools, for example Google Chrome, Opera or Vivaldi. The common hotkey to access the web console in these browsers is Ctrl + Shift + I.
Personally, I welcome this change. The dark theme is suitable for environments with low light and fits the overall appearance of my operating system.
What about you? Do you like the new theme of YouTube? Tell us in the comments.