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Watch YouTube on TV (Older device models)

Watch and discover YouTube content on your TV using the television-optimized YouTube app.

This article includes information about the YouTube TV flash app available on older device models.

Learn more about YouTube apps for TV.

Sign in to access YouTube features

Step 1: Find the activation code and sign in

  1. Navigate to the Sign in screen in the YouTube app and stay on this screen until you've completed the remaining steps.
  2. Visit youtube.com/activate on your computer or mobile device.
  3. Sign in when prompted. If you have multiple Google accounts, please select the account you use with YouTube. If you're already signed in, skip to the steps below.

Step 2: Select your channel

After signing in, you may be presented with a list of Google identities associated with your account. This list includes:

  • Your account's personal identity. If you have a Google+ profile, it's your name; otherwise, it's your email address.
  • Any Google+ pages managed by your account. These will show up whether or not they are linked to a YouTube channel. Be sure to select a Google+ page that is linked to a YouTube channel. If you select a Google+ page that doesn't have a YouTube channel, you won't be able to sign in. 

Step 3: Complete the activation process

  1. Once you've selected an account, enter the activation code shown in the YouTube app on your TV.
  2. Click Allow access and wait for the confirmation screen in the app.

Learn more about Google Identities on YouTube.

Play and control videos

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

Home Home Return to the home screen
Search Search Find a new video to watch.
Play Play / Resume Play or resume the video.
Fast forward Fast forward Fast forward by 10 seconds.
Rewind Rewind Rewind by 10 seconds.
Captions Captions If the video has captions, select this to view the video’s closed captions.
Flag video Flag Flag the video for inappropriate content.

When playing a video, you can find additional options selecting Down arrow Info​.  From here, you can perform the following actions:

  • See the video description, view count, and length
  • Subscribe to the video channel
  • Rate the video
  • Add the video to an existing playlist
Search for and discover videos

Select the Search Search icon 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.

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