YouTube’s redesign is official, and there’s a dark mode

YouTube has a new look, with the desktop site getting a “Material Design” revamp today.

The design has slowly been leaking out in A/B testing, but today the company is making it official.
YouTube says the new design aims for a “simple, consistent, and beautiful” look. Most of YouTube’s box-heavy card design has been erased, instead going with a simple white background, the usual grid of thumbnails, and more white space. YouTube makes use of Material Design’s trademark shadowing, with a pinned search bar at the top of the screen.
It’s not a drastic change until you turn on the new “dark mode,” which replaces all the white UI with something easier on the eyes.

The dark mode switch lives in the new profile menu, which you can access by clicking on your profile picture in the top right.
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