Find videos with voice search

You can use your voice to search for videos on YouTube.

Start a voice search

  1. Sign into YouTube.
  2. Tap the search icon
  3. Tap the microphone icon. 
  4. Allow access to the microphone.
  5. Recording will start immediately.
  6. Tap the microphone icon to end the recording. 
  7. Tap X to go back or cancel the recording.

Change microphone permissions

  1. If you have previously denied microphone permissions, you may see a prompt to enable microphone permissions via your phone settings.
  2. Click on the prompt to go to phone settings, or access Android Settings from your Android phone’s general menu.
  3. From Android settings, click on Apps and Notifications.
  4. Find the YouTube app and click into YouTube settings.
  5. Click into Permissions.
  6. Toggle the microphone permission to on.
  7. Go back to the YouTube app, and you should now be able to search with your voice.

Additional ways you can use your voice

These are currently available only on Android, and some may not be available in every language.

Watch/listen to specific content

  • Go directly to a random music track or video: “Play some music.”
  • Play a video or music track from a specific artist: “Play songs from Ariana Grande.”
  • Play a video or music track from a specific genre: “Play heavy metal music.”
  • Play a video or music track based on how you’re feeling: “Play relaxing music.”
  • Play a video from your recommended list: “Play recommended videos.”

Go to a specific page on YouTube

  • Go to subscriptions: “Show me my subscriptions”, also “What's new from my subscriptions?”
  • Go to your watch history: “Show my watch history.”
  • Go to your library: ”Show me my library.”
  • Go to a creator’s recent uploads: ”Show me the latest videos from TeamYouTube.”
  • Go to related videos based on the current video you’re watching: ”Show related videos.”
  • Get lucky with a new video: ”What’s on YouTube?”
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