How to Watch YouTube on Your TV Using Your Smartphone
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YouTube has apps on nearly every platform, even allowing you to watch YouTube on your TV. Unfortunately, the YouTube TV interface used on Smart TVs and consoles is clunky to navigate, but there’s a better way to get around using your smartphone.

To pair your TV/console with your phone or tablet, you’ll first need to open the YouTube app on your game console (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, etc), Smart TV, or streaming box (Apple TV, Roku, etc). Find the Settings menu and choose Pair Device to show a code.

Next, open the YouTube app on your iPhone or Android and go head to Settings > Connected TVs. Complete the process by tapping Add a TV and punching in the code from your other device. You can also use your computer instead of your phone by going to the YouTube pairing page online and entering the code there.

Once everything is synced up, just have YouTube open on your TV or game system and find the video you want to play on your phone. Open any video, then tap the broadcast icon (if you’re using a computer) and you’ll send the video to your TV to watch on the big screen!

This also means no more using your TV remote or game controller to painstakingly navigate through an on-screen keyboard to find the video you want.

Now that you’re all set up, check out the best YouTube channels for kids’ learning and for learning photography.

What devices have you paired with this method? Let us know what videos you’re watching on the big screen in a comment!

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  1. kaifa1web
    February 3, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Do you work with all types of TV

    • Ben Stegner
      February 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      I personally haven't worked with many types of TVs, but this method should work with any TV or game console running the YouTube app or accessing through a browser :)

      • Daniel Escasa
        February 4, 2016 at 8:06 am

        In other words, either a Smart TV, or a TV with a streaming box. Not just any old TV