YouTube is a popular streaming service that needs zero introduction. It brings you unlimited entertainment in the form of videos uploaded by other YouTube users from across the globe. You can find movies, music videos, comedy, gaming, trailers, experiments, mysteries, and more on YouTube. You can access YouTube on various devices, and your Apple TV is no exception.

When it comes to fourth-generation Apple TVs and newer devices, you can easily download the app from the App Store. After downloading the app, you have to configure it with your Google Account to sync browsing history and much more features.

How to Get YouTube on Apple TV

Users can install the YouTube app on the following models:

  • Apple TV 4K (2nd generation)
  • Apple TV 4K (1st generation)
  • Apple TV HD

1. Turn on your Apple TV and connect to a strong Wi-Fi network.

YouTube on Apple TV

2. From the Apple TV home screen, launch the App Store.

3. Next, click on the Search bar from the top-right corner of the screen.

4. Using the on-screen keyboard, search for the YouTube app.

YouTube on Apple TV

5. Once you see the YouTube icon on your screen, click on it.

6. Initiate the app download by clicking on the Install button.

7. The app download completes in a few minutes.

8. Next, click on the Open button to launch the app.

How to Activate YouTube on Apple TV

There are three different ways to activate YouTube app.

Sign in with your Mobile Device

1. Firstly, connect both your mobile device and your Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Next, click on the Sign in with your mobile device option on the YouTube app.

3. Next, open YouTube on your phone or tablet.

4. Finally, sign in to the app following the on-screen instructions.

Sign in Directly on your TV

1. On the YouTube app, click on the Select Sign in on your TV option.

2. Carefully type in your Google Account credentials.

3. Click on the Next option and verify your account.

Sign in with a Web Browser

1. On the YouTube app, click on the Sign in with a web browser option and get an Activation Code.

2. With the help of a smartphone or computer, go to with a web browser.

YouTube on Apple TV

3. Next, enter the code in the respective section and Sign in with your Google Account.

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How to Watch YouTube on Apple TV Third-Generation and Earlier

YouTube app is no longer available on older models. The application has been discontinued for 3rd gen and older models. But, users make use of the AirPlay feature to watch their favorite videos on Apple TV.

1. Firstly, connect your iPhone/iPad to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.

2. Launch YouTube on your iPhone or iPad and play any video that you wish to watch on your TV.

Note: If you don’t own it already, get the YouTube app from the App Store.

3. Next, tap once on the screen to reveal the TV Streaming icon and tap on it.

TV Streaming icon

4. Next, click on the AirPlay and Bluetooth Devices option on the screen.

AirPlay and Bluetooth Devices

5. Next, choose your Apple TV from the Speakers & TVs section.

Pick up your Apple TV

6. Finally, the video starts streaming on your Apple TV.


Frequently Asked Questions

1) How to fix YouTube not working on Apple TV?

When you had trouble streaming YouTube videos on Apple TV, try the following solutions.
* Update the YouTube app.
* Clear the cache data of YouTube.
* Restart Apple TV.
* Re-install the YouTube app.
* Reset the Apple TV and install the YouTube app again.
Visit our YouTube not working on Apple TV guide to find out the solutions in detail.

2) How to download YouTube on Apple TV 3rd generation?

It is impossible to download YouTube on 3rd generation and earlier models. Instead, you can use Airplay technology to watch the videos.

3) How to update YouTube on Apple TV?

Go to settings > click on apps > select the Youtube app and update it.

4) What is Youtube TV?

YouTube TV is the dedicated app/service to live stream the local channels on your Apple TV and other supported devices.