How to watch YouTube on your Amazon Fire TV

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How to watch YouTube on Fire TV

Amazon's Fire TV is one of the more well-rounded and smart TV platforms you can use to get your entertainment fix. Except there's one problem. Thanks to Google and Amazon's less-than-stellar relationship, YouTube isn't available for it.

That not only means you're missing out on one of the most popular video platforms in the world, but if you're a YouTube TV subscriber it means the Fire TV is a total non-starter for you. You won't be able to watch TV with your chosen service because of a corporate squabble. However…

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All hope is not lost. There is a way for you to get some YouTube and YouTube TV action on your Fire TV. Here's how to do it.

How to watch YouTube on Amazon Fire TV

How to watch YouTube on Amazon's Fire TV

The Amazon Fire TV's app store doesn't just feature games and streaming apps. It also has other apps, like web browsers. And as we all know, YouTube is a website that runs on web browsers.

First thing's first, let's check out the ghost of the Fire TV's YouTube app. This is available on the Fire TV and Fire TV Cube, which offer 4K viewing.

1) Head over to Apps on the home screen – it's the second-to-last option.
2) Go down to Featured.
3) Scroll down to Apps with 4K Content.
4) Tab over to the YouTube.com tile and click it.

Now, this looks like a page for a YouTube app. Don't get excited! It's just a ghost. If you click Open you'll be brought to a page that says something to the effect of: Access YouTube and other websites with a web browser.

Here, you'll be presented with two options: Visit YouTube.com with Silk or Visit YouTube.com with Firefox. Clicking on either will take you to the browser's page on the Fire TV app store.


Silk is Amazon's own browser, and – technically – you've got it added to your app library already. You'll just have to download it to your Fire TV. Firefox you'll have to download. So, which browser do you use?

Silk is a fine browser, and it'll play YouTube fine – but it won't play YouTube TV. There are only two browsers that officially support YouTube TV at the moment: Chrome and Firefox. Some Fire TV fans have had success using Silk for YouTube TV, but that success includes broken scrolling.

So really, the better experience for YouTube is the Firefox for Fire TV app. Not only does it put a YouTube bookmark front and centre, you'll get non-broken YouTube TV too. Plus, by most accounts Firefox is better optimised for YouTube. You'll encounter more buffering with Silk.

If you don't want to download the Firefox app the above way, there are a couple of different ways you can download it:

1. Click the search box on Fire TV and type in "Firefox".
2. Select Firefox for Fire TV.
3. Click Get.

Alternatively, you can hold down the microphone button on your Alexa remote and just say "Firefox." Or, you could head to Amazon.com and search for "Firefox for Fire TV".

Once you've got Firefox for Fire TV installed, go ahead and open the app. You'll notice that the first option is YouTube, which probably isn't an accident. There's a reason the app description says "watch videos from popular sites" (it used to say "watch videos from YouTube and other popular sites").

All you'll have to do is sign in and you'll be ready to go with all your subscriptions. If you've got YouTube TV, you will have to type tv.youtube.com into the address bar and then sign in from there.

Congratulations, you've beat the system.


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