Watch YouTube Anywhere: A Guide to Activating YouTube across Devices

YouTube brings you videos on every topic under the sun. With over 2 billion users, it’s pretty much essential app on any device with a screen!

Luckily activating YouTube is quick on most devices. This guide will walk you through it step-by-step.

Activate YouTube on Streaming Devices

Getting YouTube running on your favorite streaming device only takes a minute.

Roku

  1. Go to Streaming Channels and search for YouTube.
  2. Select Add Channel.
  3. After installation, select Go to Channel.
  4. Choose Sign-in > Sign in with a web browser.
  5. Take the code shown on screen to youtube.com/activate on another device.
  6. Enter code > Next > Sign into Google account.

Done! Enjoy YouTube on your Roku.

Amazon Fire TV

  1. Go to Find and search for YouTube.
  2. Install the app from search results.
  3. Launch the app and pick Sign In > Sign in with a web browser.
  4. Note the code and open youtube.com/activate.
  5. Enter code, sign into YouTube account.

That’s it! YouTube is now on your Fire TV.

Game Consoles

Activating YouTube is slightly different on Xbox, PlayStation and other gaming devices. But it still only takes a minute.

The steps are basically the same:

  1. Find YouTube app in the console’s store/marketplace.
  2. Install and launch the app.
  3. Choose Sign in with a web browser.
  4. Take the code shown to youtube.com/activate on another device
  5. Enter code, sign into YouTube account.

And you’re done! Here are direct links to download YouTube on popular consoles:

Activate YouTube on Smart TVs

Here’s how to get YouTube watching on your smart TV:

Samsung Smart TV

  1. Open app store and search for YouTube.
  2. Install app.
  3. Launch and pick Sign in with web browser.
  4. Enter code from TV at youtube.com/activate on your phone or computer.
  5. Sign into YouTube on browser.

Enjoy! YouTube is now available on your Samsung Smart TV.

LG Smart TV

Same exact process! Just search for the YouTube app in the LG Content Store instead of Samsung’s store.

VIZIO SmartCast TV

It works the same way. Get the app from the VIZIO SmartCast Home screen, activate with a code at youtube.com/activate, and sign into your YouTube account.

Other YouTube Activation Methods

Here are a few more ways to access YouTube.

Chromecast

“Casting” YouTube from your phone or computer to TV is super convenient with Chromecast.

  1. Connect phone/computer and Chromecast to same WiFi.
  2. Play a YouTube video.
  3. Tap the Cast icon.
  4. Select Chromecast device.
  5. Tap Play on phone or computer.

Video plays directly on your TV via Chromecast!

Kodi

Access YouTube via Kodi using the YouTube addon:

  1. Install YouTube addon from Kodi repository.
  2. Go to Settings > API.
  3. Enter API keyClient ID and Client Secret.
  4. Pick Sign In to link YouTube account.

YouTube should now work perfectly in Kodi.

I hope this guide covered the most common ways to get YouTube activated across various devices! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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