Before getting into the process of installing the YouTube app on Fire TV Cube and other Amazon devices to watch YouTube videos, readers should note that the YouTube TV app (which requires a YouTube TV subscription) is different from the standard YouTube app. YouTube TV is similar to Hulu Live TV and traditional cable services where there are live shows, sports and other similar content.
A YouTube bookmark can work well enough on desktop computers but on a Fire TV device, it’s difficult to navigate even on the best of web browsers. Fortunately, the Amazon App Store makes watching YouTube easy.
How to Install the YouTube App
Step 1: Turn on your Amazon FireStick.
Step 2: Click on Find. The Find button is right next to the Home button on the home screen. To access the search function on older Fire Stick firmware, users may have to look towards the top left corner of the home screen. The magnifying glass icon should allow access to the search option. Users may have to scroll left for a bit before the magnifying glass appears on the screen.
Step 3: Click on Search.
Step 4: Type “YouTube App.” On the new screen, use the on-screen keyboard to type “youtube app” into the search bar. Keep in mind that the YouTube app that you’re looking for is different from the YouTube TV app.
You may also see other similar streaming apps like YouTube Kids when you’re searching for the official app. Just keep in mind that the YouTube icon will be completely red for the official YouTube app.
Step 5: Click The YouTube app option. The new screen should show around three YouTube-related apps. As mentioned before, download the one that says just “YouTube” with no text following it. Users who may be installing the app from Amazon Store for the first time may see the button saying “Get” on the next page rather than the button saying “Download.”
Step 6: Wait for the installation to finish. Depending on your internet connection speed, YouTube should become one of the installed apps within minutes.
Step 7: Launch YouTube. Once YouTube is installed, the app icon should appear on the home screen. You should then be able to click on it and start watching YouTube videos. Also, if you have a FireStick 4K or Fire TV Stick 4K, you’ll be able to watch all of the 4K content that YouTube has to offer.
How to Use the FireStick YouTube App
Users may use their Google account or Google ID to get signed in to YouTube. This can help with the search bar facility available within the app. If the app automatically signs in, then the user can click the Sign Out button to log out and start streaming user-uploaded videos and live streams.
Some videos may require the user to be signed in. This is the case for age-restricted content or content that is only available to certain users. If you want to watch these kinds of videos or if you just want to be signed in to YouTube while you watch, complete the following steps:
Step 1: Sign in. To sign in, users have to look at the left side of the home page of the YouTube app and click the Sign In button.
Step 2: Go to the Sign In page. The Sign In page will give users two options on the TV screen. Users can either use a phone to sign in or a computer. Users don’t necessarily have to use a separate device to sign in as available screens of smart TVs can also be used.
To sign in via a different device, users have to go to youtube.com/activate and then input the activation code shown on the Fire TV YouTube sign in page. After providing the code, users have to use their Google account to actually sign in.
Since the Amazon App Store has started to offer the YouTube app for Fire TV, there’s no need to use the Downloader app to sideload YouTube or use the Silk browser to access YouTube by typing the required URL in the address bar. The Amazon App Store not only provides the YouTube app but also the apps for other streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, IMDb TV and Tubi TV among many others.
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