Watch YouTube on Apple TV

The YouTube app is available in the App Store for Apple TV (4th and 5th generations). This version of the YouTube app makes it easier to find popular content across YouTube on topics like comedy, gaming, and news. It also includes new features like video previews.

Note: YouTube relies on VP9 for distribution and playback of 4K videos. VP9 is the industry-leading open-source code. Using VP9 results in less buffering, faster startup, and higher video quality. The Apple TV 4K model (5th generation) does not support VP9 at this time, and therefore we currently can't deliver 4K resolution on this device.

Sign in to YouTube on Apple TV

If you’re using the YouTube app on Apple TV (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), use the directions below to sign in with your Google Account.

Sign in with your mobile device

  1. Make sure your mobile device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your TV.
  2. Sign in to the YouTube app on your phone.
  3. Go to the Sign in screen in the YouTube app on your TV.
  4. The YouTube app on your TV will automatically search for your mobile device. Once they're paired, you'll get a notification on your mobile screen that says Tap to begin TV sign in. Tap the profile picture .
  5. Tap Continue as <Your name>.
  6. On the "Allow Account Access" screen, tap Allow.
  7. You'll get a notification that says "You are signing in to your TV". Then, you'll get a notification that says "You're now signed in to the TV."

Sign in on your TV

Step 1: Find the activation code and sign in

  1. Go to the Sign in screen in the YouTube app and stay on this screen until you've completed the remaining steps.
  2. On your computer or mobile device, visit youtube.com/activate.
  3. Sign in when you're asked to. If you have more than one Google Account, 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 see a list of Google identities associated with your YouTube channel.

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.

Support options for YouTube on Apple TV

Note: The YouTube app on 1st and 2nd generation Apple TV devices is a 3rd-party app that YouTube doesn’t support.
Device YouTube app Support options
Apple TV (1st and 2nd generation) For technical support, please contact your device manufacturer
Apple TV (3rd generation) To report a technical issue, please fill out our feedback form or visit our support forum.
Apple TV (4th and 5th generation) To report a technical issue, please fill out our feedback form or visit our support forum.
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