Watch YouTube on your Smart TV (newer models)

If you're using YouTube on a Smart TV from 2013 or newer, you likely have the youtube.com/tv app. 

Sign in to use YouTube features

To start, open the YouTube app on your TV, go to the left-hand navigation, and then select Sign in .

You can sign in a few different ways.

Note that sign in on TV and phone are on select devices.

Sign in with your phone:

  1. Make sure your mobile device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your TV.
  2. Select Sign in with your phone.
  3. On your phone, open the YouTube app.
  4. Follow the instructions to sign in to your TV.

Sign in on your TV:

  1. Select Sign in on your TV.
  2. Use the keyboard to enter your email or phone number for your account.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Verify your account.

Sign in with a web browser:

  1. Select Sign in with a web browser.
  2. On a phone, tablet, or computer, open a browser and go to youtube.com/activate.
  3. Enter the code shown on your TV.
  4. Sign in with your account.
Play and control videos

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

  • Home returns you to the home screen.
  • Play Play will play or resume your video.
  • Forward  will advance the video by 10 seconds.
  • Rewind  will rewind the video by 10 seconds.
  • Captions Captions will show the video's closed captions, if available.

When playing a video, you can find more options by selecting More actions. You can get to the following options from the More actions section:

  • Subscribe to the channel
  • Rate the video
  • Report the video for violating Community Guidelines 

Turn off Autoplay

YouTube on TV includes a feature called autoplay. This feature means a suggested video will automatically play after the video you're currently watching.

To turn off autoplay, go into your menu and choose Settingsand then Autoplay, then uncheck the box.

After you turn off this feature, you'll still get suggested videos once you finish the video you're watching, but nothing will play automatically. 

Search for and discover videos

Select Search  to find YouTube videos. Use the navigation keys to scroll through your subscriptions, recommended videos, playlists and more.

You can also use the Send to TV feature to search for videos from a separate device.

Use your mobile device as a remote

Learn about pairing and Send to TV.

Watch paid content

Learn more about paid content on smart TVs.

 

Note: If you're a YouTube TV member looking to watch YouTube TV on your television, check out the YouTube TV Help Center for more info.  
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