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How To Stream YouTube with Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Posted by Arch on December 7, 2018

As of recently, YouTube is at the receiving end of the rivalry that has been brewing between Amazon and Google. In other words, you cannot just download and use the YouTube app on your Firestick. Luckily, there is a method to work around this issue.

The hack to get YouTube back is pretty straightforward if you follow the steps listed in this write-up. It might take some time and effort, but this is the surest way to enjoy YouTube until the two tech giants resolve their differences.

Enable Unknown Sources

Since you cannot use the official YouTube app, you need to get an alternative from third-party sources. But to install the app you need to enable installation from sources other than the Amazon Store. This is how to do it:

1. Go into the Settings Menu

Use the Firestick remote and navigate right to the Settings menu, then select Device to access more options.

2. Choose Developer Options

Enter Developer Options under the Device menu and turn on Apps from Unknown Sources.

3. Confirm Your Choice

A pop-up window appears informing you about the potential risks of turning the option on. Proceed and click on Turn On since you’ll be installing a completely safe third-party YouTube TV app.

Tip: After you finish the third-party YouTube TV installation, go back and disable Apps from Unknown Sources as a safety precaution if you wish.

Install the Downloader App

This app allows you to download and install third-party APK files on your Firestick. Here is what you need to do to get the app:

1. Find the Downloader App

Use the Fire TV search bar and type Downloader. It should come up under APPS and GAMES.

2. Select the Get Button

After you click on the Get button, the Downloader app should install on your Fire TV in a few minutes. You can find it under recently installed apps or in the Apps & Games tab.

Uninstall the YouTube App

If you still have the official YouTube app, you need to uninstall it first to ensure the third-party YouTube TV runs smoothly. Take the following steps to do it:

1. Go into Firestick Settings

Select Applications under the Firestick Settings and navigate to Manage Installed Applications.

2. Uninstall YouTube

Find YouTube among the installed apps and click on Uninstall and follow the instructions.

How to Install YouTube TV

1. Launch the Downloader App

Press Select on your Firestick remote when you open the Downloader app to access the keyboard. Type https://smartyoutubetv.github.io/ and hit Go to reach the website.

2. Select Stable Version

Once the website loads, scroll down and choose the Stable version link to download YouTube TV and hit Install to initiate the process.

3. Confirm the Installation

A pop-up screen will appear asking you to confirm the Smart YouTube TV installation. Click on Install and wait until the process finishes. After a few seconds, you’ll see the App installed confirmation, click DONE or OPEN to access the app right away.

Tip: Click DONE after the installation and delete the YouTube TV APK file from your Firestick. Since you don’t need the file anymore, it doesn’t have to take up precious space on your Firestick.

Put YouTube TV on the Firestick Home Screen

It is nice to have the YouTube TV app on the Firestick home screen, especially if you use it frequently. Check out the steps to get the app on the home screen:

1. Hold the Home Button

Press and hold the Home button on your Firestick remote and choose apps. Scroll to the bottom to find YouTube TV.

2. Press Options

Press the Options button on the Firestick remote, then choose Move. This feature allows you to move the YouTube TV app wherever you deem fit.

3. Position the App

Move the app to the top row for it to appear on the Fire TV home screen. Once you are happy with the positioning, press the Select button to drop the icon in the desired spot.

YouTube TV Setup

There are just a few more steps away from streaming YouTube with Firestick.

1. Choose the YouTube TV Version

There are 4 different YouTube TV versions. 720p and 1080p are the most popular so click on one of them.

2. Install Crosswalk

YouTube TV requires the Crosswalk app to run, so you should install it on your Fire TV.

3. Run the YouTube TV App

You can now finally open the app and enjoy YouTube content. To get more access, you may sign in with the app.

Endnote

To avoid the lengthy process of installing the YouTube TV app on your Firestick, you can instead get one of the mirroring apps and stream YouTube from your smart device. This is not exactly streaming YouTube with Firestick but it works well for most users.

Either way, we would really like to know about your experience with using your Firestick to stream YouTube.

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This Guide Last Updated: December 7, 2018

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