Only 1 in 10 Can Watch YouTube Video on TV, Can You?

Posted by Bertha Miller to YouTube Video, YouTube on TV| Last Updated on Dec. 5, 2018

Generally speaking, to the younger generation, it's not a big deal for them to connect and watch YouTube on TV. Yet, as for the elder generation, such as my parents and granny, this is really a knotty thing to deal with, for they are comparatively slower to accept and learn new things. No wonder in our local survey in St. Petersburg, only 1 in 10 knows how to connect YouTube to TV and watch YouTube videos on TV from Android, iPhone iPad, tablets, etc.

What if your parents or grandparents call to you for asking how to watch YouTube video on bigger screen TV? Guide them through these steps by talking about 30 mins or use a better yet effective way - send them a URL with a simple guide. Well, before you do so, you'd better know the operating steps and have it tested by yourself. Only in this way can you ensure it indeed works.

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Part 1 - Connect YouTube to TV from iPhone iPad Android Computer

To connect YouTube to TV from Android, iPhone iPad, tablet or computer, there are two options available. The first one is to use Wi-Fi. The second one is to apply a TV code. Well, let's get it started with the Wi-Fi solution.

Connect YouTube to TV with Wi-Fi

Step 1: Make sure that your iPhone iPad, Android device or computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV device.
Step 2: On your mobile device or computer, choose Cast .

YouTube Experience Supported by the Below TV Devices:
1. Chromecast, Roku, Google/Android TV, Smart/Apple TV with YouTube app installed.
2. PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U.
3. Blu-ray Disc Player (YouTube app installed).
4. All set-top boxes or cable boxes (YouTube app installed).

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Connect YouTube to TV with TV Code

Step 1: Find your TV code on your TV.
1. Fire up your YouTube app on your TV device.
2. Head to "Settings" > come to "Link TV and Phone" screen.
3. Scroll down to "Link with TV code". Later, a blue TV code will pop up on your TV.
4. TV code should be made of numbers. If there's letter, plz try again to regain TV code.

Step 2: Enter TV Code on iPhone iPad Android Mobile.
1. Opening YouTube app on your mobile device is the first step.
2. Tap "Watch on TV" option under the menu. Followed by "ENTER TV CODE".
3. Enter the TV code on your smartphone or tablet.

Step 3: Enter TV Code on Windows/macOS
1. Open your web browser and go to YouTube pair site on your computer.
2. Enter the TV code on the "Link with TV code" section.
3. Click "Add this TV".

Part 2 - How to Watch YouTube on TV

After you connect YouTube to TV, you need to activate YouTube on TV, search, discover, play and control YouTube video on your smart TV, Chromest, Apple TV, etc. You can follow the below detailed steps to activate YouTube on TV and begin to watch YouTube on TV with the content you like if you don't have such experience before.

Sign in to Access YouTube Features
Log in your YouTube app on your mobile phone, tablet or computer. Also sign in on your smart TV or TV devices to access to YouTube features.

Search YouTube Video
Click the magnifier icon to search for the YouTube video you wanna watch. Or utilize "Send to TV" to dig out YouTube videos from a separate device.

Play YouTube Video on TV
After you select the YouTube video, you can eventually watch YouTube video on TV via "Play" button. There are also other options for you, including go home, forward, rewind, captions, subscribe to the channel, etc., similar to YouTube app. BTW, unlike YouTube downloading, the whole online viewing procedure needs network connection. Make sure Wi-Fi is stable.


YouTube on TV brings you a feature called autoplay, which is used to automatically play suggested videos after the one you're watching. If you wanna disable autoplay, head to your menu > Settings > Autoplay > undo the selection. Well, job is done.

Part 3 - YouTube Not Working on TV? Problem Solved!

Some users points out that YouTube is not working on TV sometimes. YouTube keeps loading video and buffering even though their Wi-Fi network connection is stable and smooth. What's worse, other YouTube errors also occur, like YouTube black screen on TV, no sound on YouTube, YouTube image frozen, video audio out of sync, etc. If you also encounter such off-putting YouTube problems, please try the below solutions to have a try.

Solutions to Fix YouTube Loading Problem
1. Disconnect YouTube to TV and re-connect to TV later with another link method.
2. Check your YouTube app version and update it to the latest one.
3. Change your YouTube video quality to lower level like 1080p to 720p. >> See More

Solutions to Fix YouTube Not Working Issue
1. Change to another internet connection to have a try.
2. Adjust TV settings like reset smart hub, unplug power for 30 secs or 1min, etc.
3. YouTube app bugs. If so, just wait for the official solution. >> See More

Solutions to Fix YouTube Not Playing Error
1. Some YouTube video formats are not supported by your TV or TV devices.
2. Some YouTube video parameters are incompatible with TV, esp. older TV.
3. The uploaded YouTube video is damaged. It's an unplayable file. >> See More

Part 4 - Better Way to Watch YouTube Video on TV [No Error]

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After the YouTube video downloading is finished, you can eventually import the YouTube videos to a USB flash drive or your mobile device. Then connect to your TV via USB port or HDMI to transfer the downloaded YouTube video or movie to TV to watch YouTube offline without any online errors.

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