System requirements & supported devices for YouTube

To watch YouTube videos, make sure you have the most up-to-date browser, operating system, and a good internet connection:

  • Newest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet connection with 500+ Kbps

Movies and TV shows requirements

Some premium videos on YouTube -- like movies, TV shows, and live streams -- require a faster connection and greater processing power for optimal streaming speeds. Here's what you need:

  • Newest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.7+, or Ubuntu 10+
  • Internet connection with 1+ Mbps

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

The table below shows the approximate speeds recommended for playing each video format.

Video Resolution

Recommended sustained speed
4K UHD 20 Mbps
HD 1080p 5 Mbps
HD 720p  2.5 Mbps
SD 480p 1.1 Mbps
SD 360p 0.7 Mbps


  • Playback in HD is unavailable for streaming on a browser, except for Safari for HD streaming only. You can also stream in HD using one of the supported devices listed here.
  • Sometimes, you can buy or rent the HD/UHD version of a video on a device or browser that doesn't support HD/UHD playback. You can still watch the title in lower quality on that device, or watch HD/UHD from a different compatible device.

Supported devices for Primetime Channels (US, Germany only)

If you are a Comcast Xfinity customer and unable to watch NFL Sunday Ticket or YouTube Primetime Channels through your current TV box, you may need a replacement. Visit an Xfinity Store or call Comcast support to learn more. 

If you’re in the United States or Germany, you can watch YouTube Primetime Channels on the following devices:

Game consoles
  • PlayStation 5
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4 Pro
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox One X
  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One
Smart displays
  • Nest Hub Max
  • Nest Hub
Smartphones & tablets Phones & tablets running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later
iPhones & iPads running iOS 11 or later
Smart TVs Hisense Smart TVs (select models)
LG smart TVs (2016+ models only)
Roku TVs (all models)
Samsung smart TVs (2017+ models only)
Sharp smart TVs (select models)
Sony smart TVs (select models)
Vizio SmartCast TVs (select models)
Select TVs with Android TV built-in and NVIDIA Shield
Select Fire TV Edition smart TVs
Streaming devices Apple TV (4th generation & 4K)
Chromecast with Google TV
  • Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)
  • Fire TV Stick Lite
  • Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen)
  • Fire TV Stick 4K
  • Fire TV Cube
  • Fire TV Cube (1st Gen)
Select cable TV devices (such as Xfinity X1)

You can watch but not purchase YouTube Primetime Channels on any of the following devices:

  • Apple TV
  • XBox
  • Select Panasonic TVs
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