Watch YouTube on the Xbox One

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

Download the YouTube app

Download the YouTube app to get started.
Sign in or out of YouTube

When you first open the YouTube app, you can sign in with your Google Account. When signed in, you have access to more YouTube features such as your playlists and subscriptions.

Sign in on your Xbox One:

  1. Go to Sign in & Settings
  2. Select SIGN IN. You'll get an activation code. 

Sign in on your computer:

  1. Go to www.youtube.com/activate and enter the activation code shown on the Xbox One. 
  2. Click Allow Access, which completes the sign in process.

Learn how to unlink your account from your Xbox One.

Video controls

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.

Voice and gesture controls

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

Voice

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

Gesture

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.

Pair your mobile device

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

Video quality

YouTube is available in 4K on Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X models. The maximum resolution for the original Xbox One console is 1080p. HDR playback is supported on Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X models.
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 4K at 60 frames per second
  • Xbox One X: up to 4K at 60 frames per second

HDR playback is supported on Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X models. 

Xbox error message

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

Follow our troubleshooting guidelines to help solve the problem. 
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