How to Watch YouTube TV on Apple TV

Use YouTube to get live TV on your Apple TV

What to Know

  • Open the App Store app, search and select YouTube TV. Click Get and then Get again.
  • When the app has downloaded and installed, click Open > Sign In and follow on-screen directions.
  • You have to sign up for YouTube TV via a web browser; you can't subscribe from the Apple TV app.

This article explains how to set up and use YouTube TV on the Apple TV. The instructions in this article are specific to Apple TVs running tvOS 14 and up. Earlier versions of tvOS support YouTube TV, too, but the exact steps and menu names may differ slightly.

How to Set Up YouTube TV on Apple TV

Want to use YouTube TV on Apple TV? First, you need to install the app and link it to your subscription. Here's what to do:

  1. On your Apple TV, open the App Store app.

     Apple TV home screen with the App Store selected
  2. Search for YouTube TV and click the search result.

    The Apple TV App Store showing the YouTube TV app in search results
  3. Click Get (and then Get again) to download and install the YouTube TV app on your Apple TV. When the app has downloaded and installed, click Open.

    Get button on YouTube TV app download
  4. You can't subscribe directly from inside the app. Subscribe to YouTube TV and then click Sign In.

    YouTube TV sign in button
  5. In a web browser on a computer, phone, or tablet, open a web browser and follow the onscreen instructions to sign in to your YouTube TV account.

    Instructions for signing into YouTube TV
  6. Once you've completed the sign into your account on your computer or device, your account is linked to the Apple TV app. At this point, the app will automatically take you to the homepage, and you can start watching TV.

How to Use YouTube TV on Apple TV

Screenshot of the YouTube TV homescreen on Apple TV

Once you've got the YouTube TV app installed and you're signed into your account, it's time to start using the app. Here's what to do.

How to Watch Live TV on YouTube TV

Screenshot of the YouTube TV channel guide

Watching live TV using YouTube TV is quick and easy. The home screen of the app offers a set of suggestions for shows that are airing live. Select one and click on it to start watching.

To browse a channel guide on YouTube TV of what's airing on all of your channels, click on Live and then scroll up and down and left and right. When you find a show you want to watch, click on it.

To search for shows and movies, click on the magnifying glass icon and then enter the thing you're searching for (you can also use Siri to search by holding down the microphone on the Apple TV remote and speaking).

How to Add TV Shows to Your Library on YouTube TV

Adding shows and movies to your library is basically like a DVR: it records them so you can watch them when you want and adds new episodes when they air live. Here's what to do:

  1. Select the show you want to add to your library.

  2. In the panel that appears from the right, click Add to Library. Click More info to see all available show episodes, when it airs live, and recommendations for similar shows.

    Add to library button on YouTube TV

    In some cases, the YouTube TV app may need to confirm your geographical location to confirm whether you can add to show to your library. If so, open the YouTube TV app on your mobile device and then tap your icon > Settings > Location > Update in Current playback area.

  3. The panel will change to show a plus icon and read Added to library. Future episodes of the show will be automatically added to your library.

    Screenshot of show that's been added to the library on YouTube TV

How to Use Your Library on YouTube TV

Screenshot of the YouTube TV library screen

Once you've added some content to your library, you'll need to access and manage your library. Start by clicking Library. On the Library screen, some of the most commonly used options are:

  • New In Your Library: Recently added shows appear here.
  • Scheduled: All of the episodes of shows scheduled to be recorded to your library appear here.
  • Shows: All of the shows that you've added to your library appear here. To see more info about the show, click on it. To remove the show from your library and stop recording new episodes, click on the show and then click on Added to Library to toggle it off.
  • Purchased: If you buy or rent TV shows or movies through YouTube, they'll appear here.

How to Record Live Shows on YouTube TV

If you're watching a show on live TV and want to record YouTube TV to your library, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the trackpad on the Apple TV remote to reveal the playback controls.

    Screenshot of YouTube TV live TV controls
  2. Swipe down and click the + icon.

    YouTube TV live TV controls with the add button selected
  3. In the right panel, you can choose to add This event only or this and similar events. For example, if you're adding a sporting event, you'll get the option to add all games featuring either team or all events from the league.

    This event only button on YouTube TV
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