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Unleash Entertainment: Complete Guide on How to Get YouTube on Your Apple TV

Explore our step-by-step guide on how to install and navigate the YouTube app on your Apple TV. Learn about features like controlling video playback, using the search function, and casting from iPhone or iPad, to make the most of your YouTube on Apple TV experience.

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Published Jan 29, 2024

You're probably wondering, "How do I get YouTube on my Apple TV?" Well, you're in the right place! This guide will walk you through the process, step by step. It's simpler than you might think.

Whether you're a seasoned Apple TV user or a newbie, you'll find this guide helpful. We'll cover everything from finding the YouTube app to installing and signing in. So, let's dive in and get you streaming your favorite YouTube content on your Apple TV in no time.

Finding the YouTube App on Apple TV

Locating the YouTube app on your Apple TV might be the first step, but it's definitely not a steep one for you to climb. Steer through your Apple TV's interface, starting from the Home screen. You'll observe a menu bar positioned along the top of the screen. Navigate to the right and you'll find an icon labeled 'App Store.' Apple's App Store is your one-stop destination to access a multitude of apps, including YouTube.

Unlike a mobile device, hitting a roadblock while searching for apps on your Apple TV's interface can be quite frustrating. But let's make it easier for you. Once you're in the App Store, move over to the 'search' option located on the top right corner. The television screen transforms into a keyboard and you'll see a text field asking for your command.

Often the search bar can predict what you're looking for. As you begin typing 'YouTube,' results will start showing up below. YouTube is quite popular so it usually pops up after typing 'You.' Saving your precious time, you can select it using your remote then.

Keep in mind, the overall interface may differ slightly based on which model of Apple TV you own. However, you should be able to locate the store easily on all versions.

Once you've successfully found YouTube among the search results, don't click yet! For the next sequence of tasks, we'll guide you through the process of how to successfully install the YouTube app on your Apple TV.

Installing the YouTube App on Apple TV

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Once you've located the YouTube app in the App Store, it's time for the next phase - Installation. This process is both quick and straightforward, enabling you to start enjoying your favorite YouTube content on the big screen in no time.

To install the app, locate the "Get" button next to the YouTube app. Click the trackpad on your Apple TV remote to begin the installation. Typically, the process takes just a few minutes. However, this may vary based on your internet connection speed.

Now that you've installed the app, it should appear on your Apple TV Home Screen. If you don't see it, don’t worry! It's easy to locate installed apps on your Apple TV. Simply use the Siri remote or Remote app to swipe right or left on your Home screen until you find the YouTube app.

Once you've located the YouTube app icon, you're ready for the final stage - Signing In to Your YouTube Account. This step isn't necessary if you only plan to browse freely available YouTube content. But, if you want to access your subscriptions or personalized recommendations, signing in to your YouTube account is a must.

To sign in, simply open the YouTube app and navigate to "Sign In". You'll need your Google account credentials. If you don’t have a Google account, it’s high time to create one. Once signed in, you'll see your personalized YouTube homepage, letting you quickly access your favorite content right from your Apple TV.

Signing In to the YouTube App on Apple TV

After a successful installation, signing in to the YouTube app on your Apple TV proves to be the final step. This process is brief, uncomplicated, and lets you access all the features that YouTube offers in no time.

To start the login process, navigate to the YouTube app icon on your Apple TV Home Screen. Click to open the app. Once loaded, you will find a "Sign In" option on the screen. It's typically located on the top-right corner. Go ahead, select and click it.

Now comes the part where you provide your Google account credentials. By using the on-screen keyboard, type in your username or email address. After you've entered the correct credentials, you'll be prompted to type in your password. Make sure to enter it accurately to avoid any login errors.

On the chance that you've forgotten your username or password, there's no need to worry. By clicking "Forgot username or password?" it triggers Google's password recovery process. It's a simple, convenient way to get back into your account without a hitch.

After entering your Google account credentials, YouTube will ask for your permission to access your account's information. Granting this will enable your YouTube subscriptions, history, and personalized recommendations to appear on the YouTube app on your Apple TV.

Security is crucial when it comes to our online accounts. Therefore, it's a typical practice to be asked to verify your identity one last time before being granted access. For that, Google will send a verification code to your primary email address, or your phone number. You're required to enter this code into the YouTube App to finalize your login process.

Having your YouTube account on your Apple TV establishes a more personalized and fun-filled experience. It keeps you up-to-date, in syncing with your preferences, and letting you traverse in the realm of your interests. Take the plunge, and you're all set to enjoy YouTube on your Apple TV to the fullest.

Navigating the YouTube App on Apple TV

With YouTube now at your fingertips on your Apple TV, it's time to explore the app and make the most of its features. Navigating the YouTube App on Apple TV isn't much different than using it on other devices, just with a few specific buttons used to control navigation.

The YouTube homepage on Apple TV is categorically divided into different sections for easy access. There's the Home tab which showcases personalized recommendations, Trending tab that exhibits what's hot on the platform, and the Subscriptions tab to keep up with your favorite channels.

The most sought-after feature is perhaps the search function. To conduct a search, select the search icon located at the top of any YouTube page. A text bar and an on-screen keyboard will appear. You can use your Apple TV remote to type in your query. But here's a quick tip, you can also dictate your query by holding down the Siri button on the remote, the microphone icon, and then speaking your search terms.

Tables & Charts are an added edge on YouTube, especially when following along tutorials or viewing statistical data. You'll see data in well-structured markdown tables which are a breeze to navigate.

Speaking of videos, when you select one to play, you'll have a couple of control options. You can pause, play, fast forward, rewind, and adjust the volume easily using your Apple TV remote. To access these options, swipe down on your remote during video play.

Moreover, the app also allows you to cast YouTube from your iPhone or iPad onto the big screen by tapping the cast icon in the YouTube app. Ensure your Apple TV and iPhone are connected to the same WiFi network for this to work smoothly.

So, now that you've got the basics of navigating the YouTube app on Apple TV, immerse yourself in the world of unlimited videos.


You've now got all the knowledge you need to get YouTube on your Apple TV. It's not just about installing the app and signing in. You've also learned how to navigate through the app, use the search function, and control video playback. Plus, the option to cast YouTube from your iPhone or iPad adds another layer of convenience. So, go ahead and explore the world of YouTube on your Apple TV. There's a whole world of entertainment waiting for you. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you use the app, the more you'll get the hang of it. Enjoy your new viewing experience!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you install the YouTube app on Apple TV?

You can install the YouTube app on Apple TV by going to the App Store, searching for the app, and then clicking on the 'Get' button to install it.

How can you sign in to the YouTube app on Apple TV?

You can sign into the YouTube app on your Apple TV using your Google account credentials. Follow the prompts on the screen to complete the sign-in process.

How can you navigate the YouTube app on Apple TV?

Navigating the YouTube app on Apple TV involves accessing different sections of the homepage, using the search function, and controlling video playback. Follow the onscreen instructions for easy navigation.

Can I cast YouTube from an iPhone or iPad onto the Apple TV?

Yes, you can cast YouTube from an iPhone or iPad onto the Apple TV. To do this, simply select the casting icon from your device and choose your Apple TV.

This article was originally published on 29 Jan 2024 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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