[Update: officially arrives] Dark Mode disappearing for many YouTube iOS app users
Update (March 14):
YouTube starts rolling out dark theme on iOS
It’s finally here! 🙌
Dark theme is rolling out on iOS over the next few days. Toggle it on/off in settings. pic.twitter.com/Mkfl1Dzu3M
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) March 13, 2018
Back in August last year, YouTube got a new logo as well as a major UI design overhaul. One of the prominent changes was a new dark theme. Last month, a similar dark mode feature was spotted on YouTube’s iOS app, confirming the theme is arriving on mobile as well.
So far, the roll out has been slow, as there have only been limited reports of users getting this new feature. However, something completely unexpected is now coming to light. In a u-turn of sorts, YouTube seems to be pulling the feature from iOS units that already received it a while back.
I fired up YouTube today on my iPhone 7 (iOS 11.2.5, latest YT version), and dark mode was entirely gone. How do I remedy this? Anyone else having this issue?
Is anyone else missing the option to switch to dark mode on the IOS app? I’ve had the app on dark since the feature was released, but this afternoon it suddenly switched back, and when I went to check, the option wasn’t there. Did YouTube change their minds?
This happened to me too – I’m hoping it’s just a temporary issue that’ll be fixed soon
Yup seems like it.😢 Got so accustomed to the dark mode that the normal mode felt completely alien when it launched after updating! Hoping they restore the option soon!
Yep, it’s gone
It’s gone from my iPhone but is still available on my iPad. Edit: Now no longer available on my iPad
So, I’m worried now because I got lucky with the dark theme. One day my app asked if I’d like to try the new dark mode and of course I wanted to. I’ve been in the dark theme since then. Today, my dark theme disappeared like I never had it and I want it back. I don’t know what happened, it just turned off without my permission and the button is gone
I had it before the update :(((( Now its not dark anymore
Weirdly I had dark mode available to me and was using it for a few weeks now….I opened Youtube up today and it was gone. The option wasn’t even there. I’m on the latest version 13.04.7
The same thing happened to me. I opened it up about an hour ago and it’s gone. I’ve had it set to dark mode since I got my iPhone (about two weeks ago) so it’s so unnatural to me!
Last night the option to turn it on wasn’t there. It was there the night before, for some reason. That’s weird.
Hey I had dark mode now ever since the new update it’s gone ☹️
Users have been complaining about this on Twitter as well. Here are some of the tweets we managed to dig out:
— LJ “the Bard” (@LJTHEBARD) February 9, 2018
@YouTube What happened to dark mode on iOS? I really enjoyed that and now it’s just gone? Helpful..
— Ben Hawley (@HawleyNinja) February 8, 2018
@YouTube The dark mode option on iOS disappeared for me. It was there earlier today but I opened it again and it was back to the white background; I can’t turn it back on. Please help.
— William (@anakinfan8) February 8, 2018
YouTube’s Twitter account replied to a user, saying they are just testing and experimenting with the feature, and there are currently no fixed plans to roll it out to everyone.
We're currently testing and experimenting with this feature to gather feedback from users. If we decide to roll it out further, we'll let you know!
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) February 8, 2018
While that’s completely fine, what the company (or at-least the YouTube rep on Twitter) failed to answer is why Dark Mode is disappearing for users who already had the feature? If you also lost the feature despite being in love with it, drop a comment below.
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