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Troubleshoot sign-in problems on mobile & devices

Use this article to resolve issues signing in to your YouTube channel if you can sign in on your computer, but can't sign in on your mobile device, Smart TV, or game console.

If you can't sign in at youtube.com on any device, follow the instructions to recover your Google account.

Before you start: Try restarting your device. This is often a quick way to fix issues.

Troubleshoot for mobile devices

Troubleshoot for TVs

YouTube on Apple TV

Smart TVs

  • If you're not able to sign in to the YouTube app, your Smart TV may not have a supported version of the YouTube app.
  • Unfortunately, Smart TVs can only run apps that are provided by the manufacturer. You can't change or update the apps on your TV. Contact your TV manufacturer for support.

YouTube on Android TV or Blu-Ray players

  • Try changing what you put in the user ID/username field:
    • Use your full email address (e.g., "youtubesupport@gmail.com")
    • Use your email address without "@gmail.com" (e.g., "youtubesupport")
  • Try using the same password as you would on the desktop version of www.youtube.com.
  • You may need to set up an application specific password to give the app or device permission to access your Google Account.
  • Contact your device manufacturer or the developer of your software for further assistance.

Troubleshoot for gaming platforms

  • Make sure your platform is supported. You can use the YouTube app on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, PS4, Wii, and Wii U.
  • Make sure you're using the right activation code. Follow the instructions to find the activation code and sign in. 
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