Manage your home area or current location for YouTube TV

When you sign up for YouTube TV, we’ll ask you to share your home zip code. We may also ask you to verify your area via your device location permissions. This is to make sure you get the right networks in your location.

What you can watch and record on YouTube TV is based on your home area:

  • Watch programs aired over affiliate networks in your location.
  • When you travel outside of your home area, you can’t watch local networks airing in your home area. You can see local programs in the location you travel to, but you can’t record anything outside of your home area.

How to update your location for YouTube TV | US Only

Learn more about location requirements and how to change your location below.

Tips for watching sports in your area:
  • Baseball, basketball, and hockey games generally air over regional sports networks (RSNs). Add your favorite teams, leagues, or games to your library so they’ll record whenever they air.
  • Football generally airs over local affiliate networks. You can watch NFL games which air over local networks in your current physical location, regardless of whether this matches the home area on your account. You can’t record any NFL games outside of your home area.
  • Learn more about how to watch and record sports.

Change your home area

  1. Go to
  2. Select your profile photo "" and then Location.
  3. Select Update next to "Home area."


Keep in mind:
  • You can only change your home area twice per year.
  • You have to be physically in your new home area to update your home area in YouTube TV.
  • If you're a frequent traveler, make sure to use YouTube TV at least once every 3 months in your home area. This check in makes sure YouTube TV can continue to offer you the correct local networks.
  • Watch this video to learn how to change your home area.

Update current location on a smart TV

If you're watching with our TV app, you can update your current playback area (for example, if you're traveling).
  1. Open the YouTube TV app on your TV.
  2. Select your profile photo "".
  3. Select Location and then Current Playback Area.
  4. Follow the prompts to update your location on a mobile app, or web browser.
    • ​​To update on a mobile device, go to
    • Allow the website to access your device’s location to update your current playback area.

Watch this video to learn how to update your current location.

Update current location on mobile device or web browser

  1. Open YouTube TV.
  2. Select your profile photo "" and then Location.
  3. Select Update next to "Current playback area."
If we can't correctly identify your location, you'll be asked to go to Allow the website to access your device’s location (if you haven't already) to verify the current playback area.
Watch this video to learn how to update your current location.

Troubleshoot location permissions

Still having trouble? Location permissions might be turned off on your device. You can check by following these steps.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click either Menu "" or More .
  3. Click Settings and then "Privacy and security" section.
  4. Click Site settings.
  5. Select Location and change your location settings.

Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might manage location settings for you, in which case you may not be able to can't change them via these directions. Learn about using a managed Chrome device.

If you're using a web browser other than Chrome, check your browser settings to change location permissions. Learn more about location permissions on the following internet browsers:

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