Xbox One

You can now watch YouTube videos on the Xbox One. In the YouTube app you’ll be able to view your subscribed channels, search for content, and use your mobile device as a remote.

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

Sign in

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

On your Xbox One:

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

On your desktop:

  1. Go to and enter in the activation code shown on the Xbox One. 
  2. Click Allow Access, which completes the sign in process.
Play videos

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.

Pair your mobile device

Use your mobile device as a remote control. Learn how to pair your Xbox One through, the YouTube for Android app, or the YouTube iOS app.

Voice and gesture controls

You can also control the YouTube app using your voice or gestures.


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


To enable gesture controls, wave your hand in front of your console and an icon should appear on your screen. Push your palm forward to select an item. You can also close your palm to "grab" a video and move left to rewind or right to fast forward.

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

Audio and Video quality


YouTube is available in the following resolutions on Xbox One devices.
  • Xbox One: up to 1080p at 60 frames per second
  • Xbox One S: up to 1080p at 60 frames per second and 4K at 30 frames per second
  • Xbox One X: up to 4K at 60 frames per second

Note: When playing 4K videos that have been uploaded at 60 frames per second, on your Xbox One S, the 4K badge will show up as a quality selection, but will play in 1080p at 60 frames per second. For videos that are uploaded in 4K at 30 frames per second, the video will play in 4K at 30 frames per second.

HDR support has not yet been implemented in the YouTube App.


If you have a 5.1 surround sound setup, you can enable 5.1 audio output in your Xbox Settings to get the best sound and watching experience.

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