How to watch YouTube videos or YouTube TV on your television, and use your phone as a remote control

You don't need any cables or wires to watch YouTube videos on your TV.

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You don’t need any cables or wires to watch YouTube videos on your TV.
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  • If you watch YouTube videos on your TV, multiple people can enjoy those videos at the same time and have a better viewing experience in doing so.
  • With a YouTube TV subscription, you can enjoy all sorts of content, including live shows, sports, and news on your television.
  • You can control YouTube content on your television using a paired computer or mobile device.
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Whether you’re livestreaming a baseball game currently in progress, or you’re watching that Weezer video with all the memes from the early 2000s, YouTube is always better on the big screen, meaning your television.

And if you have a smart TV or a streaming device like Roku, it’s remarkably easy to watch YouTube (or YouTube TV) on your television, and to control YouTube with your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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How to watch YouTube on your TV

On your TV, launch the YouTube app. Then open the YouTube app on your phone or tablet.

In the mobile app, tap your icon (top right corner from the YouTube app home screen) and then hit settings.

Open your Settings.

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Open your Settings.
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Now tap “Watch on TV.” If previously paired, your TV will start playing YouTube right away.

Tap the

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Tap the “Watch on TV” option.
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If not already paired, a numeric code will appear on the TV. Type it into the app to link your TV, and then you can get started enjoying YouTube on the television, and controlling the videos with your phone or tablet.

To use a computer to control YouTube on your TV, go to the website www.youtube.com/pair and then launch the YouTube app on the television. Then enter the code on the TV into the box on the computer that says “Enter TV code” and you’re set.

Go to the YouTube pairing page on your computer or mobile device to enter the code on your TV.

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Go to the YouTube pairing page on your computer or mobile device to enter the code on your TV.
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Once you’ve done all this, you can watch any YouTube or YouTube TV video, and control every setting with your remote, mobile device, or computer.

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