Get started with YouTube VR

The YouTube VR app allows you to easily find and watch 360 videos and virtual reality content with certain headsets and devices.

Sign in

YouTube VR supports a signed in experience, giving you access to several benefits, like viewing your subscriptions.

Sign in

  1. From the home screen, select the Account and Settings icon.
  2. Click Sign In.
  3. You’ll see an activation code.
  4. On your computer or mobile device, go to https://youtube.com/activate.
  5. Enter the activation code.
  6. Sign in when asked. If you have several Google Accounts, select the account you use with YouTube. If you’re already signed in, skip to the next step.
  7. Once signed in, you’ll be automatically signed in on your device.
Note: In Step 3, some platforms will allow you to copy the code to clipboard, then open the platform browser to enter the code. Long hold on the trigger to paste the code into the field.
Note: Brand Accounts are not currently supported.

Sign out

  1. From the home screen, select the Account and Settings icon.
  2. Select the account you'd like to sign out of.
  3. Click Sign out.

Browse videos

You can browse videos on the Home screen or in playlists by scrolling up and down on the touchpad. You can get to the Home screen at any time by selecting the YouTube logo.

Search for videos

You can search for videos in YouTube VR in two ways: Voice Search or keyboard search. Search is found in the player controls Menu or from the Home screen.

Voice Search

  1. Click Search Search .
  2. Select the Microphone icon.
  3. Say your search term out loud.


Keyboard search

  1. Click Search Search .
  2. Enter what you're looking for using the keyboard.

You can filter your search results by choosing from one or more of the following selections: 360°, VR180, 4K, 3D and CC.

Player controls

While playing a video, click anywhere on the screen.

The player controls allow you to perform many actions including:

  • Play/pause the video.
  • Change volume.
  • Go to the previous video.
  • Go to the next video.
  • Change viewing settings.

Turn captions on or off

  1. Click Settings Settings .
  2. Click Captions.
  3. Select the desired language.

Change video quality

  1. Click Settings Settings .
  2. Click Quality.
  3. Select the desired video quality.

Turn Curved screen on or off (for non-360 videos and ads)

  1. Click Settings Settings .
  2. Select Curved screen and turn On or Off.

To dismiss the player controls, click anywhere on the video or wait until they are dismissed automatically.

Re-Center your view

You may find that the cursor or view drifts off in one direction. The cursor and view can be quickly re-centered using the controller.
  1. Aim the controller forward.
  2. Hold down the Home button on your controller.

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