How to Watch YouTube on Nintendo Switch

Get your favorite YouTube videos on the go

You can watch YouTube on a Nintendo Switch with the official YouTube app. Whether you want to catch up on the news, chill out to funny videos of animals, or sit down for a Let's Play of the newest game, you can see it all once you've downloaded the app to your console.

How to Watch YouTube on Nintendo Switch

To start watching YouTue videos, download the YouTube app for Switch:

  1. Open the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch and choose a user account.

    Nintendo eShop on the Switch Home Menu
  2. Go to Search/Browse and search for YouTube.

  3. Download and install YouTube. You'll be able to start watching even without logging in to YouTube.

How to Sign In to YouTube on the Nintendo Switch

Sign in to your YouTube account to access your playlists and favorite channels, If you didn't sign in when you first launched the app, highlight Subscriptions, Library, or Account on the left side, then select Sign In.

How to Navigate the YouTube App on Nintendo Switch

Use the left joystick or D-pad to move around the app and select videos or functions. You can also use the touchscreen if you're playing in handheld mode.

Once you've selected and started a video, press Down to reveal a menu at the bottom of the screen with several different icons that do different things.

  • Channel icon: Go to the video creator's YouTube channel.
  • Play/Pause icon: Start/stop your video.
  • Closed Caption icon: Display captions if they are available for the video.
  • More icon: See additional video options. For example, you can subscribe to the channel, rate the video you are watching, or flag a video for violating community guidelines.

Parental Controls and YouTube on Nintendo Switch

The scary thing for some parents about the YouTube app is that kids can access anything that they want on the app. So if you're dealing with children of different ages, some who are allowed to watch videos by themselves, and some who still need supervision, then you may want to put parental controls in place.

At Pre-teen and Child levels of Switch parental controls, the YouTube Switch app will be locked. Teen and Unrestricted will allow access to the app. To access additional parental controls, highlight Settings on the left side of the YouTube app, then select Restricted Mode.