How to use YouTube on an Echo Show

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How to use YouTube on Echo Show

Google’s Smart Displays have one major advantage over Amazon’s Echo Show: YouTube. The most popular repository for video on the internet is exclusively available on Google’s smart displays, leaving Amazon in the dust.

Or wait, is it? The 2018 Amazon Echo Show comes with a brand new ability: web browsers. Two of them, in fact, as both Silk and Firefox are preinstalled on it. Fear not, first-gen Echo Show owners, because there's a software update that'll give you the gift of web browsers too. On the list of dream features for the Echo Show, a browser is not a top priority – but it does enable YouTube.

Read this: How to use YouTube on Fire TV

So how do you circumvent a giant corporate fight and get YouTube working on an Echo Show? It’s not so difficult. Read on.

How to use YouTube on an Echo Show

The first thing you’re going to need to do is identify whether you have a first-gen Echo Show – which shouldn’t be hard because it looks like a kitchen TV out of the 70s – or a brand new 2018 Echo Show.

If you have a new Echo Show, that’s great. Hold tight for just one second. If you have an old Echo Show, you’re going to have to make sure your Show is updated to the latest software. To do that, just do the following.

1) Swipe down from the top.
2) Click Settings.
3) Go to Device Options.
4) Update the software.

Your Echo Show will update itself, and then you’ll be good to go on using YouTube on an Echo Show. In fact, you'll have two ways to watch YouTube on the Echo Show. The first way is with Amazon's own Silk browser. Let's do that first.

All you’re going to have to do is say, “Alexa, open Silk”. The web browser will pop to life. If you just open Silk, you’ll be greeted to a screen with some bookmarks, and would you look at that it just so happens that YouTube dot com is the first bookmark.

Actually using YouTube is pretty simple. It works just as it does on any other mobile web browser. You can even sign into your account and get all your subscriptions and playlists ready to go.

How to use YouTube on an Echo Show

The second way is with Firefox, which comes installed with Echo Show (and its corresponding software update). To launch it, all you have to do is say, "Alexa, open Firefox" or – even more conveniently – "Alexa, open YouTube". If you say the latter, Firefox will open up into YouTube. Simple and easy.

The first time you open the web browser – either of them – you'll be asked to choose your default. There is one major difference if you opt for Firefox over Silk. If you use Firefox, you'll also be able to use it for YouTube TV, as Firefox is one of the few browsers that supports YouTube TV outside of Chrome.

The one big downside here is you can’t command YouTube with Alexa. You’re going to have to actually use your finger and tap, swipe and type your way through. It’s certainly annoying, and it’s definitely not what the Echo Show is built for, but desperate times call for desperate measures.


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