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System requirements

In order to watch YouTube videos, make sure you have the most up to date browser and a good Internet connection:

  • Most recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Opera
  • Internet connection with 500+ Kbps


If you have an older browser or operating system, you will need the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player.

Movies, TV shows, and live events requirements

Some premium content on YouTube -- like movies, TV shows, and live events -- require a faster connection and greater processing power to ensure optimal streaming speeds. Here's what you'll need:

  • Most recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari
  • Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.7+, Ubuntu 10+, or Linux OS 11+ (64-bit)
  • Internet connection with 1+ Mbps

It can help to close other tabs, browsers, and programs while streaming your content. It may also help to hardwire your Internet connection, instead of using a wireless network connection.

Premium content playback on Linux is only supported on Google Chrome
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