Guidance

How to access YouTube on your Fire TV

By Mike Atherton 02 Jan 2018
Youtube Screen

If you're a regular user of YouTube on Amazon's Fire TV, you might have noticed a popup message telling you that the service will no longer be available on your device after the 1st January 2018. This follows a lengthy dispute between Google and Amazon - with Amazon initially refusing to stock Google's Chromecast streaming device through their online store.

The two companies have reportedly been in recent talks to resolve their issues, but there's no sign of any compromise being reached yet, and the app has now been disabled on all Fire TV devices. 

Don't worry though, there's still a simple way to access YouTube from your Fire TV – you just need to download the Firefox web browser and open YouTube from there. Once YouTube is open, it works in exactly the same way as the app.

Here's how to install the Firefox app

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From the main Fire TV menu, go to the magnifying glass to open a new search.

2.

Enter 'Firefox', then choose it from the results.

3.

When you're on the app information page, choose Get to download it.

4.

When it's downloaded, you'll see the option to Open it.

You should see a few icons when you open the app, and YouTube will be one of them - just choose the YouTube icon to open it and you'll be able to browse and watch videos in exactly the same way as you could with the app.

The Firefox app will now be available from your Home screen.

We certainly hope Amazon and Google resolve their differences soon, but in the meantime, this workaround should help.

Hopefully that's all the help you need, but if you'd like help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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