How to Set YouTube to Always Open in Theater Mode by Default?

Is it possible to always launch YouTube in Theater Mode when watching videos using a web browser?

A full video experience makes every YouTube video streaming worthwhile. But, with all the clutter happening on the sides, it doesn’t give you the full streaming experience.

Videos in YouTube play or open in a default view. We are used to the typical scene where the video player takes up about 3/4 of the screen while the rest reminds you of ads, YouTube shorts, related videos and other information. Wouldn’t it be great if we can do away with all the unnecessary distractions on the sidebar and focus on the video itself?

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Yes we can! Now, YouTube allows you to play your videos in Theater mode. It automatically switches to a full screen view without leaving the browser, so you can eliminate other content while watching.

YouTube’s Theater mode maximizes the video to the browser’s width. You get a larger view of the content while also retaining its high-resolution quality. If you need to check out the details and other comments, you can simply scroll down.

YouTube only pushes them below, so it does not take up your view. You are not leaving your browser to a full screen, you are simply extending the video. Plus, Theater mode creates a more cinematic ambiance by providing a black or dim background.

How to Switch to Theater Mode while Watching Videos on YouTube

  • Launch YouTube on your browser and play a video.
  • At the bottom right of your video playback, look for the rectangle icon or the Theater mode button.
  • Just click it to switch to Theater mode.
  • A shortcut is to simply tap the letter T on your keyboard.
  • Tap the letter T key again to switch it back to default view.

Is it Possible to Change and Set YouTube to Always Open in Theater Mode by Default

Don’t like switching to Theater mode always? You can set it as the default view. However, you will need to install the Theater Mode for YouTube extension on your browser. Fortunately, you can find it in Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Opera web browsers. Just install the extension and it will set to Theater mode as default.

Wrapping Up!

Elevate your video streaming experience on YouTube with the Theater mode feature. Now, you don’t have to put up with all the distractions and clutter. You can have the best viewing experience even with YouTube.

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Eddie Mendoza
Eddie Mendoza
With a Bachelor’s degree in IT, Eddie has a natural knack for troubleshooting gadget issues. With more than 10 years of blogging experience under his belt, writing and publishing articles for streaming and related services is one of his main act. When not on his computer, you can find him tinkering his guitars.



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