Google recently started a dark mode for the YouTube website, which was a longtime awaited feature. That being said, users are still expecting for Google to include a dark mode for their YouTube apps. I don’t know about you, but I am keenly waiting for that update, as I have this habit of viewing YouTube videos in the middle of the night, and in the dark, the current YouTube app just hurts my eyes.

If you are like me and are waiting for the dark mode to come to the YouTube app, you will be glad to know that recent APK teardown of the YouTube v12.45 has shown that a dark mode update is in development. This means that dark mode might be coming to YouTube sooner than we supposed. The feature is called the “Dark Watch” which is a really cool name if you ask me. It kinds of sound like a place in the LOTR World.

Coming back to the topic, the APK teardown revealed that the dark mode was not fully functional and was only active inside the target video player screen and description section, as can be seen in the picture below.

YouTube dark watch mode
Picture Courtesy: AndroidPolice

As you can see in the image, the dark mode is still pretty much in development and far from perfect. In fact, it feels like the alpha version of the dark mode where YouTube is just testing out different UI designs. If you look clearly, you will see that most of the toggles, texts, and buttons are almost invisible from the background. But, I consider this finding as a good sign, as at the least now we know that the dark mode is in works and will be released sooner than later.

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