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With the YouTube app on Xbox 360, you can view your subscriptions, easily find your favorite YouTube videos, and use your phone to line up videos to watch.

Sign in

When the YouTube app first launches, you'll need to sign in with your Xbox Live Account. Press A to sign in. Once you’ve signed in to your Xbox Live account, you can sign in to the YouTube app. Here's how:

On your Xbox 360:

  1. Open the YouTube app. 
  2. Open the Guide on the left and select Sign In.

On a computer, tablet, or phone:

  1. Visit www.youtube.com/activate.
  2. If prompted, select which account you'd like to sign in to.
  3. Enter the activation code that’s displayed on the Xbox 360 and click Continue.
  4. Select Accept on the next screen.

If after following the steps above you think you're signed in to the wrong account, you should:

  1. On your Xbox 360, open the Guide on the left and scroll to the bottom for Settings.
  2. Select Sign Out then click OK.
  3. In your computer, tablet, or phone, sign out of YouTube and sign back in with the desired account.
  4. Repeat the youtube.com/activate process.
Watch and search for videos

Search for videos

On YouTube’s main menu, press Y to search for videos. When searching, press Y to add a space and X to delete a character.
  • Search suggestions: As you type in your query, you'll see search suggestions below the search box. From the keyboard, you can press up on the D-pad or left stick until the desired query is highlighted. Then, press A to search for that query. 
  • Browse videos: As you search, relevant videos will appear at the bottom of the screen. Press left or right on the D-pad or left stick to browse the video results.
  • Modify your search: To modify your search terms, press up on the D-pad/left stick to return back to the search box. 

Video controls

While a video is playing, press A to display your player controls, which allows you to do the following:
  • Home: Return to the home screen. 
  • Skip backward: Skip back to the previous video in the playlist.
  • Rewind: Move back 10 seconds.
  • Pause / Play: Pause the video or resume playback. 
  • Fast forward: Move ahead 10 seconds.
  • Skip forward: Skip to the next video in the playlist. 
  • Closed Captions: If the video has closed captions enabled, press A to enable this feature. If the CC icon is grayed out, closed captions are not available.
  • More actions: Additional features can be accessed by selecting More actions:
    • Subscribe to the channel
    • Like / Dislike the video
    • Flag the video as inappropriate 
    • Search
Control the app with your phone, tablet, or computer

You can easily line up videos to play on your Xbox 360 by connecting your phone, tablet, or computer. Learn more.

Xbox error message

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

Below are some tips to help solve the problem:

  • Check or reset your internet connection 
  • Contact your ISP to increase your internet speed
  • Restart your Xbox
  • Restart the YouTube app
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