Use voice commands with YouTube TV

You can use the Voice Remote to control YouTube TV on your mobile device.

Use the Voice Remote in YouTube TV

You can use the Voice Remote to record, search, or otherwise control your YouTube TV experience.
  1. Select the microphone icon  anywhere you see it in the YouTube TV app. 
  2. Enable microphone access if you haven’t already.
  3. Speak any of the commands below into your device's microphone.
  4. Your command will be transcribed. 

Available commands

Basic commands

Video playback

You can say things like: 
  • "Fast forward"
  • "Pause"
  • "Resume"
  • "Rewind <X> seconds"
  • "Fast forward <X> seconds"
  • "Seek to <time (e.g., 3:42)>"
  • "Next <video>"
  • "Previous <video>"
  • "Cast this"
  • "Turn up the volume by <X> percent (e.g., 20%)"
  • "Turn down the volume by <X> percent (e.g., 20%)"

Channel surfing

You can say things like: 

  • "Jump back to my last channel"
  • "Flip through my favorite channels"

 Control viewing preferences

Play a specific network

You can say things like:
  • "Play <network>"
  • "Tune into <network>"
  • "Watch <network>"

Play a show, movie, or sports event

You can say things like:

TV Shows

  • "Play <TV show>"
  • "Play the latest episode of <TV show>"
  • "Play <TV show> season <X>"
  • "Play <TV show> season <X>, episode <X>"
  • "Play <TV show> episode from last week"
  • "Play a show about a cooking competition"
  • "Play that sitcom show starring <actor>"

Movies

  • "Play <movie>"
  • "Watch <movie>"

Sports

  • "Turn on the <sports team> game"
  • "Watch <sports league>"
  • "Play last night's <sports league> game"

Record a show, movie, sports team, or league

You can say things like:

TV shows

  • "Record <tv show>"

Movies

  • "Record <movie>"

Sports

  • "Record <sports team>"
  • "Record <sports league>" 

Set up notifications for a show, movie, sports team, or league

You can say things like: 

TV shows

  • "Turn on notifications for <tv show>"

Movies

  • "Turn on notifications for <movie>"

Sports

  • "Turn on notifications for <sports team>"
  • "Turn on notifications for <sports league>"

Explore content in the YouTube TV app

Search for shows, movies, and sports games

You can say things like:

TV shows

  • "Show me action movies starring <actor>"
  • "Show me shows from my library"

Movies

  • "Movies for kids"
  • "Show me movies about vampires"
  • "Show me thriller movies"
  • "Find romantic comedy movies from my library"
  • "<Movie title>"
  • "Show me more like <movie>"

Sports

  • "Show me my <sports league> recordings"
  • "When is the next <sports team> game?"

Broad

  • "Show me what's on now"
  • "Find what's upcoming this weekend"

Navigate YouTube TV

Find network, program, or team pages

You can say things like:

Network page

  • "Go to the <network> page"

TV show page

  • "Go to <TV show> page"

Movie page

  • "Go to the <movie> page"

Sports team/league/event page

  • "Go to the <sports team> page"
  • "Go to the <sports league> page"

Go to your Library tab

You can say things like: 
  • "Go to my library"
  • "Go to my shows"
  • "Go to my movies"
  • "Show my scheduled recordings"
  • "Show my recently recorded videos"
  • "Show me new episodes from my library"  

Go to your Home tab

You can say things like:
  • "Go to Home"

Go to your Live tab

You can say things like:

  • "Programming guide"

Go to Settings

You can say things like: 
  • "Go to Settings"
  • "Go to my Watch history"
  • "Go to my Search history"

Other ways to use your voice in YouTube TV

Use your voice to search for programs

You can also use the microphone  in Search Magnifying glass to search for programs in YouTube TV using your voice.
  1. Tap Search Magnifying glass in the top right of the YouTube TV app. 
  2. Select the microphone icon .  
  3. Enable microphone access if you haven’t already.
  4. Say a search command to search for a show, movie, team, league, event, etc. 

 

Notes:
  • YouTube TV does not record voice commands spoken into the YouTube TV app.
  • YouTube TV does not include personalized voice recognition. If you're logged in to the YouTube TV app on your device, any user speaking into the device will be able to use voice commands.
  • Voice commands are currently only available in English.
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