YouTube on Fire TV: How to download the app and watch YouTube videos

Updated: Official YouTube app is back on Fire TV devices

How to get YouTube app on Fire TV

Amazon's Fire TV is one of the most well-rounded TV platforms you can use to get your entertainment fix, and it's become even stronger since the YouTube app returned.

That's right - after spending nearly 18 months in the cold due to Google and Amazon's competitive relationship, watching YouTube videos on Fire TV is now a possibility once again.

Related reading: Amazon Fire TV tips and tricks

The app returns to the following devices: the Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, as well as Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

That's not every device in the family, with more expected over the coming months, so scroll to the bottom to find the web browser workaround. However, for those with a compatible device, read on to learn how to download and use the YouTube app for Fire TV.

YouTube on Fire TV: How to download the app and watch YouTube videos

YouTube on Amazon Fire TV

Before you can enjoy all the delights of the YouTube app on your Amazon Fire TV device, you need to know how to download it. What you see will depend on whether you downloaded the app before it was removed, but the steps for re-downloading it are the same.

Unlike the old workaround method, the official app is a more complete experience, featuring the likes of Alexa voice controls. However, we're still waiting on support for YouTube TV and YouTube Kids within the app, which is expected before the end of 2019.

Download the Fire TV YouTube app

1. Load up the Fire TV home window, then select the search option in the top-left corner.

2. Type in, 'YouTube', and select the official app from the results.

3. If you haven't installed the app before, select 'Get'. If you previously downloaded the app, click 'Download'.

4. Allow time for the app to download to Fire TV, then select the app from the Apps & Channels screen.

Using the YouTube app on Fire TV

Once you have the YouTube app downloaded to your Fire TV device, you're able to start watching videos. When you first load up the app, you'll be prompted to sign in. However, this is optional, and will simply allow you to access restricted content, subscriptions, playlists and history. To sign in, follow the below steps:

1. From the sign-in window, select the 'Sign In' prompt.

2. You'll then be given a code, and will have to go to youtube.com/activate.

3. From here, enter the code and sign in with your Google ID.

Add the YouTube app to Fire TV home screen

1. Press the Home button on the Fire TV remote and select 'Apps' from the pop-up.

2. From the list of installed apps, scroll through and select the YouTube app.

3. Select the Options button on your remote, then 'Move' from the menu.

4. From here, you're able to move the YouTube icon to the top row, ensuring that it appears on the Fire TV's home screen. When you want to drop it, press Select again and the icon will drop into place.

How to watch YouTube on Amazon's Fire TV

YouTube on Amazon Fire TV browser

Note: You'll only need this option if you own one of the Fire TV devices yet to receive support for the official app.


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

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 tile and click it.

Now, this looks like a page for a YouTube app, but don't get too excited, as 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.

Which browser should you play YouTube on?

Once you're through the previous stage, 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 a smoother YouTube TV experience, too. Plus, by most accounts, Firefox is better optimised for YouTube. You'll encounter more buffering with Silk.

Others ways to download Firefox on Amazon Fire TV

If you don't want to download the Firefox app through the above method, 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's website 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. 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.

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