In this article, we will learn to install the official YouTube and Youtube TV app on FireStick. The installation method works on all Fire TV line of devices including Fire Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube.
YouTube FireStick app had to be removed from the Amazon Store due to the falling out between Google and Amazon earlier in 2018. However, the two digital giants have finally come to terms and YouTube is now officially available via the Amazon Store. There is no denying that YouTube is an amazing media portal and seeing it back on FireStick makes me happy.
What makes me even happier is that now the YouTube TV FireStick app is also officially available in the Amazon App Store. You can install and use the YouTube TV app on FireStick anywhere in the United States.
Even though you can simply jailbreak your FireStick to access unlimited free content with the help of Kodi Addons, YouTube is still one of the best and must-have apps for Fire Stick. So, let’s check out how to get it back.
- 1 How to Install Official YouTube on Amazon FireStick
- 2 Getting YouTube Fire Stick App Ready
- 3 How to Install YouTube TV on FireStick
- 4 Wrapping Up
How to Install Official YouTube on Amazon FireStick
If you have any unofficial, third-party version of YouTube on FireStick, make sure you UNINSTALL it first before installing this official version
Pro Tip: Get a VPN for Fire Stick to bypass online surveillance, ISP throttling, and geo-blocking of content on Netflix / YouTube.
As I said, YouTube app is now official on FireStick and you can install it quickly from the Amazon Store. Here are the steps:
1: Power up your FireStick and wait for the home window to load up
On the home window, go to the upper left corner and select the search option (the lens icon)
2: Now, type the name of the YouTube app
When the app appears in the search results, click it
3: Click the YouTube app from the list of the apps that appear on the following window
4: Click Get if this is the first time you are installing the app
If you have installed the app before, click Download
5: Wait while the app is downloaded and installed on your device. It may take a minute or a bit more
6. Click Open to run YouTube. You may run it later from Your Apps & Channels
Getting YouTube Fire Stick App Ready
Now that you have the app installed, you would like to start using it right away. Well, there are a few things we need to do to get the app ready to get you the YouTube videos on FireStick. It won’t take too long.
Bring the YouTube App Icon to the FireStick Homescreen
Go back to the FireStick home screen. You may not see the YouTube listed in your ‘Apps & Channels’ section (the second row). That’s alright! We can always access it from the Apps list.
You can also move the YouTube icon on the home screen. This is totally optional. But, having the app you use frequently on the home screen makes things a tad easier.
Here are steps to move the icon:
#1. Hold down the Home button on your remote and select ‘Apps’ from the menu.
#2. You must now see the list of all your installed apps
#3. Newly installed apps are usually towards the bottom of the list. So, navigate to the bottom and select YouTube app
#4. Click the ‘Options’ button on your remote and select ‘Move’ from the popup that appears on the bottom right of the screen
#5. Now you can move the YouTube app icon wherever you want to. Move it anywhere in the top row so that it appears on your FireStick home screen
Press the ‘Select’ button to drop the icon and place it in the desired spot
Go back to the FireStick home screen and you will see the YouTube app right there
Start Using YouTube!
When you run the app for the first time, the following SIGN IN window appears. Even though signing in is optional, I would still recommend you do it. It will unblock all the restricted content and let you see all your existing subscriptions, playlists, and History associated with your Google ID with which you are using with YouTube.
You may also click Use YouTube signed out. You will still be able to watch plenty of content. In case you decide to sign in later, you may go to the Accounts section in the left menu and follow the onscreen instructions to sign in.
Here is what you need to do should you choose to SIGN IN:
– The following window is displayed with the Sign In code
– On your computer or phone, go to youtube.com/activate
Enter the Sign in code.
Sign in with your Google ID if you are not signed in already
How to Install YouTube TV on FireStick
YouTube TV is the Live TV segment of YouTube. It offers access to a range of satellite channels including ESPN, Fox, CBS, and a lot more. The official arrival of YouTube TV on FireStick had been long-awaited. Finally, the wait is over and YouTube TV is now an official app on the Amazon Store.
I am now going to take you through the steps to install the official YouTube TV app on FireStick from the Amazon Store (Method 1 below). At the same time, I have also provided alternative methods to get this app (Method 2 and Method 3).
If you are able to install the YouTube TV FireStick app from the Amazon Store, there is no need to follow the alternative methods.
- Method 1 (Primary): Install official YouTube TV FireStick app via Amazon Store
- Method 2: Install a third-party Live YouTube TV app on FireStick
- Method 3: Access YouTube TV through a FireStick browser
Method 1 (Primary): Install YouTube TV on FireStick officially from Amazon Store
YouTube TV is now officially available on FireStick and you can download it from the Amazon Store if you live in the United States. Live TV streaming through YouTube TV app is not supported outside the US.
If you want to access YouTube TV outside the US, refer to the next section (Method 2)
Here are the steps to download YouTube TV on Fire TV from Amazon Store:
1: From the home screen of the FireStick/Fire TV open the Search option
Navigate to the top-left corner and select the lens icon
2: Look up for YouTube TV by typing in the name of the app
Click YouTube TV when it is displayed in the search results
3: Select the YouTube TV icon on the next window
4: Now, click Get if this is the first time you are downloading YouTube TV on your FireStick
If you have downloaded and installed the app before, click the Download option (which you will see in place of Get)
5: Wait while the YouTube TV app is downloaded
6: Click Open and run the app
You may also access YouTube TV FireStick app later from the Your Apps & Channels section
7: Sign In with your YouTube TV account if you have one
Click Try It Free if you want to sign up for the services
Method 2: Install third-party Live YouTube TV app on FireStick
Note: This is a third-party app. It worked just as well as the original YouTube TV app when we tested it. However, we cannot guarantee that it will continue working. If you experience any troubles, let us know through the comments section below.
Note: You may skip this section if you have already installed YouTube TV on Amazon FireStick using the first method
If you want to download YouTube TV FireStick app outside the US, you can get this third-party APK. If you already have a YouTube TV subscription, you can use this app outside the US with a VPN. To subscribe to YouTube TV services, you will still need a US-issued Credit/Debit card or a Paypal account with the US profile.
Here is how you install and use YouTube TV on FireStick:
1- Access the FireStick Settings from the home screen
Settings option is in the menu bar on the top
2- Now, select and open the option My Fire TV on the following screen
3- When you see this window, click Developer Options
4- Here, you need to check if Apps from Unknown Sources is ON
If it is currently OFF, just click it one time to turn it ON
5- Click Turn On to allow the Apps from Unknown Sources
6- Go back to the home screen of your FireStick
Select the Search option in the top-left corner of the home screen (select the lens icon)
7- Go ahead and look-up for the app called Downloader
Click this app when it shows up in the search results
Follow the onscreen instructions and install Downloader
This app is required to side-load YouTube TV on FireStick
For more info, read: How to sideload apps on FireStick with Downloader
8- Open the Downloader app
If any prompts are displayed, get rid of them
Click the Home tab in the left menu
Click the textbox with https:// on the right
9- Enter the following URL when this popup onscreen keypad is displayed: https://www.firesticktricks.com/ytv
OR, in fact, you can also use the shorter version of the URL firesticktricks.com/ytv
10- Wait for the YouTube TV APK to download
11- Click Install when this prompt is displayed after the YouTube TV APK has downloaded
12- When the YouTube TV app is installed, you could click OPEN and get started
I say we click DONE right now and delete the YouTube TV APK file. We will access the app later
13- If you clicked DONE above, click Delete on this prompt
14- Click Delete option one more time
15- Now, exit the Downloader app and go back to the home screen of your FireStick
Select the second row on the home screen titled Your Apps & Channels
Go to the left and click See All
Note: See All option appears only if you have more than 20 apps installed on FireStick. If you don’t see this option, navigate the Your Apps & Channels row to the right and click the Live YouTube TV app
16- Navigate to the last row on this list of apps
Click YouTube TV app (displays ‘Live’ in the logo)
17- If you will rather have the app moved to the home screen of FireStick for quick and easy access, press the menu button on your Amazon Fire TV remote (the button that has 3 lines). Click Move in the popup window on your TV (bottom-right corner). Move and place the app in the first row on the top
18- Choose the desired resolution on the following screen
I am going with the default 1080p
19- Click Allow when this prompt is displayed
20- Click Sign In to sign in to your YouTube TV account
Click TRY IT FREE if you don’t have an account and want to test the YouTube TV service
21- On the following window, you will see an activation code
As per the instructions on your TV screen, go to tv.youtube.com/start on your computer or mobile
Sign in to your Google Account on which you have the YouTube TV subscription
Enter the code on the FireStick screen in your browser
Method 3: Access YouTube TV via a FireSick browser
You could also use the Silk Browser to access YouTube TV on FireStick. This browser comes preinstalled with FireStick. In case you uninstalled it, here is how you download the browser and tune in to YouTube TV:
1. From the FireStick home-screen select Search (lens icon) on the top-left corner
2. Type in ‘Silk Browser’ (without quotes)
3. Click ‘Silk Browser’ in the search results
4. Click ‘Silk Browser’ icon on the next window
5. Click ‘Download’ button to download and install the app
6. Open the Silk Browser and access https://tv.youtube.com/
So, this is how you get the official YouTube on Fire TV and FireStick devices. This app pairs directly with your YouTube account and brings all the YouTube videos you would care to watch including all your subscriptions, playlists, and even the browsing history. With the official app, you don’t need to install any third-party YouTube app alternatives anymore. Furthermore, you can now also install YouTube TV on FireStick from the Amazon Store.
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