How to Install YouTube TV on Fire Stick

Stream YouTube TV to any television in your home

Whether you are just thinking about cutting the cord or are a seasoned video and media streamer, you might be considering a subscription to YouTube TV. Learn how to install YouTube TV on Fire Stick as well as considerations you should make when signing up for this streaming service.

The instructions in this article also apply to Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Cube.

What Is YouTube TV?

There are several ways that you could watch YouTube on TV, such as downloading the YouTube app on a Fire Stick, Roku, or another media streaming device. However, YouTube TV is not the same as the video-sharing platform on which you might watch gaming, vlogs, or unboxing videos.

While it does allow you to stream your favorite vloggers, YouTube TV is also a paid streaming service that includes live TV from popular networks, as well as original programming. It is similar to other live television streaming services, such as Hulu and Sling.

Along with live programs from major broadcast and cable networks, YouTube TV also gives subscribers unlimited cloud DVR storage space and 6 accounts per household (and yes, it's okay to share with roommates and family members).

More than 70 networks are included, such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and HGTV. Local network coverage is offered to more than 98% of US households. You also have the option of upgrading with premium add-ons like Starz and Showtime.

YouTube TV costs $49.99 a month and you can cancel at any time or pause it for up to six months at no charge.

How to Sign up for YouTube TV

You can try YouTube TV with the free trial offered by the service. However, you must still complete the sign up process and provide payment information before you can add and watch YouTube TV on your Amazon Fire Stick.

When you start your free trial, YouTube TV will charge a small fee to the credit card you provide as an authorization request to make sure your credit card is active. This fee will be automatically removed from your account once the card is confirmed. You cannot sign up for YouTube TV using a prepaid credit card.

  1. Go to tv.youtube.com in a web browser.

  2. Select Try It Free.

    Screenshot of YouTube TV Try It Free button
  3. Sign in to your Google account.

    Screenshot of Google account sign in page
  4. Confirm your ZIP code or select I Don't Live Here and enter the correct information for your home address. Select Let's Go to continue.

    Screenshot of ZIP code confirmation
  5. Select Got It to browse YouTube TV before signing up if desired. At this step, you have the opportunity to see what's on now or search for shows and movies you would like to watch. You will not be able to stream any content before completing the signup process.

    Screenshot of Browse before signing up screen in YouTube TV signup
  6. Select Start Free Trial to continue. The next screen will show what networks are available in your area. Select Next.

    Screenshot of What's included screen in YouTube TV signup
  7. Select the checkboxes next to any additional premium networks that you want to add to your subscription. Select Next to continue.

    Some premium channels have a free trial while others require immediate payment, so be sure to read the details for any channel you are considering before you add it to your YouTube TV trial subscription.

    Screenshot of Add Networks in YouTube TV signup
  8. Select a payment method if you have payment methods connected to your Google account. If not (or if you want to use an alternate payment method), select Add Credit or Debit or Add PayPal and enter your payment information.

    Screenshot of Buy page in YouTube TV signup process

    Aside from the small charge temporarily placed on your account to confirm that it is active, you will not be charged until after your free trial expires. You can cancel at any time. 

  9. Select Buy to complete the signup process.

How to Install YouTube TV on Fire Stick

Once you've registered for the free trial (or even a full subscription) to YouTube TV, you can add the YouTube channel to your Amazon Fire Stick with just a few steps.

  1. Use your Amazon Fire Stick remote to select Search from the Home screen on your television.

  2. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter YouTube TV on the search screen, then select YouTube TV when the search result appears. A list of relevant apps will appear.

  3. Scroll through the list of apps to find the YouTube TV app. Select the YouTube TV app to open the download screen.

  4. Select Download and wait while the app is downloaded to your Fire Stick.

  5. Return to the Home screen. The YouTube TV app will now appear in the Fire Stick apps listed on your home screen.

  6. Select the YouTube TV app to launch the application.

  7. Select Sign In. An activation code will appear.

  8. Go to youtube.com/activate on a computer or mobile device and enter the code to connect the device to your account. Select Next to complete the activation.

    Screenshot of Connect a Device screen
  9. You can now begin watching live and on-demand shows and movies on the YouTube TV app on your Amazon Fire Stick.