What is YouTube Ambient Mode and How to Turn it On or Off

youtube ambient mode explained

YouTube keeps on experimenting with the app & platform, to enhance its users’ experience. After successfully testing them it releases new features in its app and website. One such feature which YouTube has rolled out differently was Ambient Mode.

In this article, we are going to discuss the Ambient Mode, but first, let’s talk about what other features YouTube has rolled out recently. One of the notable ones is the Most Replayed feature which lets users see which part of the video has been replayed most often. It was originally available as an experimental feature for YouTube premium subscribers but is now available to all users across Android, iOS, and the web.

youtube ambient mode explained

Recently it also introduced picture-in-picture support, a feature that allows users to keep watching videos in minimized versions while using other apps on their devices. It also features many cool features one would expect from a fully featured video-streaming platform, such as the ability to adjust the speed of the videos, add subtitles or closed captions automatically and link to a specific point in a video for playback.

What is YouTube’s Ambient Mode?

The latest update to the YouTube app has brought several new features that the company claims “offer a more modern and immersive viewing experience while also improving how users watch videos”. The most notable new YouTube feature is Ambient Mode, which enables the background color of the app in real-time to match the video you’re watching using a subtle effect.

This is similar to the effect you can find in gadgets with smart light solutions that change their background color according to what is on the screen.

YouTube blog states “they wanted to recreate the effect so viewers were drawn right into the content and the video takes an even greater focus on our watch page”.

ambient mode youtube web

This feature is not just visually appealing but also helps in making you indulge in the Video content more deeply. Overall, this is a really awesome feature that also adds more fun to the boring dark mode.

How to turn it On or Off?

Ambient Mode is available on the YouTube mobile apps and website when in dark mode, and video playlists will also adopt the same color treatment and show more detail about each playlist. We are here to provide you step by step guide on how to enable or disable Ambient mode.

1. For Android and iOS

Ambient Mode on YouTube will be automatically enabled if you are using dark mode on your youtube app. Using the system theme will also work if the device itself has the dark mode turned on. If you are an Android or iOS device user then follow the following step to enable and disable Ambient Mode.

1. Enable Dark Mode – Enable Ambient Mode

Step 1: Open the YouTube app and tap on your Profile Icon on the top right of the screen.

youtube profile icon

Step 2: Here, go to Settings.

youtube settings

Step 3: On the Settings screen, hit the General option.

youtube general settings

Step 4: Look for the Appearance option and tap on it.

youtube appearance settngs

Step 5: Select the Dark theme option.

enable dark theme youtube

As soon as you enable the Dark theme, the Ambient mode will automatically start working. You might also see a popup notifying you that the Ambient Mode is enabled.

ambient mode notification youtube web

2. Disable Ambient Mode

If you are one of those people who do not want to use Ambient Mode but want to use Dark theme then follow these steps to disable Ambient Mode.

Open any video on YouTube and tap on Settings(gear icon). From the list of options. Toggle off the switch for Ambient Mode.

enable ambient mode

2. On YouTube Web

1. Enable Dark Mode on YouTube Web

Step 1: Open the YouTube web on your browser and click on your profile icon and then click on Appearance.

youtube web appearance

Step 2: Now, select the Dark theme option from the next window.

youtube web dark theme

The YouTube web page will reload and this time it will be in dark mode. If this is your first time, then you’ll also get a popup notification regarding the Ambient Mode that its working.

Anbient mode notification

2. Disable Ambient Mode on YouTube Web

Maybe you don’t like the dark mode then you can do the following to disable it:

Open any video on YouTube and tap on the video Settings(gear icon). and form the list of options, toggle off the switch for Ambient Mode.

enable ambient mode

How Users have reacted to this new Ambient Mode?

Look for the following

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The Ambient Mode on YouTube has received mixed reviews from users as some have found it convenient, while others say this doesn’t truly enhance their viewing experience.

One user on tweeter wrote: “Unpopular opinions: YouTube’s new UI is gorgeous and I prefer this over the old one”.

Another user said that the new feature is “pointless as they don’t feel more immersed” while watching videos on the platform.

Bottom Line

Do tell us in the comment section below that how you find the new Ambient Mode offered by Google. See you soon. Stay connected.

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