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How to Enable and Disable YouTube Ambient Mode on Android

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YouTube Ambient Mode is a new feature that adds a lighting effect to the background of the video player when you watch videos in a dark theme. The effect creates a subtle glow that matches the colors of the video, making it more immersive and enjoyable.

This guide will illustrate how to enable and disable YouTube Ambient Mode on Android using the YouTube app.

How To Enable and Disable YouTube Ambient Mode on Android

The YouTube application for Android devices offers YouTube Ambient Mode which works automatically when you turn on a dark theme. However, you can also turn it off if you don’t like it or find it distracting, the process of enabling and disabling the Ambient mode will be discussed in the coming paragraphs.

Enabling YouTube Ambient Mode on Android

You must switch on the dark theme in the YouTube app to enable YouTube Ambient Mode on Android. The dark theme function turns the app’s background from white to black, which is less stressful on the eyes and consumes less energy for the batteries. The YouTube app’s dark theme and ambient mode can be activated by performing the instructions below:

Step 1: Open the YouTube app and select Settings by tapping your profile image in the top right corner of the screen:


Step 2: When you are in settings, select General and then go to Appearance. In appearance, change the theme to Dark theme and Ambient mode will be enabled:


Once you turn on the dark theme, YouTube Ambient Mode will be automatically enabled for all videos that you watch in full-screen mode. However, you can verify it by tapping on the setting gear icon of the YouTube player:


Disabling YouTube Ambient Mode on Android

To disable YouTube Ambient Mode on Android, you need to turn it off in the YouTube player settings. Open the YouTube app and play any video, next tap on the gear icon of the player, and from there tap on the toggle button of the Ambient Mode to turn it off:

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Note: Turning off YouTube Ambient Mode will not affect dark theme settings. You can still use the dark theme without Ambient Mode if you prefer.


To enable the Ambient mode on YouTube, turn on the dark mode and the Ambient mode will activate automatically. However, to disable the Ambient mode on YouTube, just go to the YouTube player settings and turn it off.

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