Watch YouTube on the Xbox Series X|S

You can now watch YouTube videos on the Xbox Series X|S. In the YouTube app you can view your subscribed channels, search for content, and use your mobile device as a remote.

YouTube is available in 4K on Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X models. The maximum resolution for the original Xbox One console is 1080p. HDR playback is supported on Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X models.

 Download the YouTube app

Download the YouTube app to get started.
 Sign in or out of YouTube

When you first open the YouTube app, you can sign in with your Google Account. When signed in, you have access to more YouTube features such as your playlists and subscriptions. To sign in, follow these steps:

On your Xbox Series X|S:

  1. Navigate to Sign in & Settings
  2. Select SIGN IN. You should now see an activation code displayed.

On your computer:

  1. Go to and enter in the activation code shown on the Xbox Series S or X.
  2. Click Allow Access, which completes the sign in process.

Learn how to unlink your account from your Xbox Series X|S.

Video and voice controls

Once you select a video to play, a player controls bar will appear allowing you to perform the following actions:

  • Rewind - Press A to increase the rewind speed.
  • Pause/resume - Pause or resume the video.
  • Fast forward - Press A to increase the fast forward speed.
  • Closed Captioning - If the video has captions, select this to view the video's closed captions.

Use the B button to go back to browsing videos.

Note: Videos can be played up to 4K at 60 frames per second.

You can also control the YouTube app using your voice. To enable voice control, say "Xbox Select." Now you can say any word or phrase highlighted on the screen to open that item.

Pair your mobile device
Use your mobile device as a remote control. Learn how to pair your Xbox Series X|S through, the YouTube for Android app, or the YouTube iOS app.

Xbox error message

If you see the error message “YouTube isn’t available right now,” it may be because your internet connection is slow.

Follow our troubleshooting guidelines to help fix the issue.

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