In this article, we will learn to install the official YouTube 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.
Please note that YouTube TV and YouTube Kids are still not available on Amazon Store. They will be released sometime in late 2019. I have provided an alternative method to access YouTube TV on FireStick using a web browser later in this guide.
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.
How to Install Official YouTube on Amazon FireStick
IMPORTANT!!! 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 Use YouTube TV on FireStick
YouTube TV is the Live TV segment of YouTube. It is yet not available with the official YouTube app for FireStick yet. It should be there somewhere in late 2019. Thankfully, there is still a way to access YouTube TV via a FireStick browser.
You could use the Silk Browser. 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.Liked the Guide? Don't Forget to Share with your Family & Friends
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