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How to Watch YouTube on a Third-Generation Apple TV

Wednesday March 3, 2021 12:57 pm PST by
Beginning March 2021, YouTube officially ended support for its YouTube app on third-generation Apple TV models. If you own the older set-top box, which launched in January 2013, you'll be unable to access the video platform directly via the official YouTube Apple TV app. (You're also basically in the same situation if you own the second-generation Apple TV, which doesn't have an App Store at...

iOS 14: Picture in Picture Not Working in YouTube? Here's a Workaround

Tuesday September 22, 2020 8:34 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple added a Picture in Picture mode on iPhone that lets you watch a video in a small screen on your device while you continue to do other things on the phone. Picture in Picture mode doesn't work in the YouTube app, although it was possible to watch videos in Picture in Picture on YouTube's mobile website through Safari until YouTube intentionally nixed the workaround last...

How to Use the YouTube App's New Voice Search Feature When Casting to a Smart TV

Tuesday December 24, 2019 4:30 am PST by
The official YouTube app for iOS has gained a new voice search feature that aims to make searching for content easier when you're casting YouTube video to a smart TV. Once you've connected your iPhone or iPad to a smart TV, you can search with your voice via the mobile app, as well as use it to pause, play, and adjust the volume on your TV. Here's how it works. Download and launch the You...

How to Disable Autoplaying Videos in the YouTube App's Home Tab

Tuesday December 4, 2018 5:20 am PST by
Over the next few weeks, YouTube is rolling out a new feature for its mobile app called "Autoplay on Home," which automatically plays videos that appear on your Home tab. As you scroll through your Home feed, videos will begin to play on mute with captions auto-enabled. Google claims the previously Premium-only feature is a better way to experience new content on the go, and will help you...

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YouTube Enables 4K Video Playback at 60FPS on New Apple TV 4K

Friday May 21, 2021 8:16 am PDT by
Enabled by the new and more powerful Apple TV 4K, YouTube has enabled 4K video playback at 60 frames per second for its ‌Apple TV‌ app, rather than the previously capped 30 frames per second. YouTube rolled out 4K support for its Apple TV app in October; however, to much disappointment to users, playback was limited to only 30 frames per second. Thanks to the new powerful A12 Bionic...
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YouTube Investigating Issue With 'Something Went Wrong' Error in Apple TV App

Monday March 22, 2021 9:04 am PDT by
In recent days, some Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD users have been receiving a "something went wrong" error message when attempting to load videos using the YouTube app on tvOS. The issue does not appear to be widespread, and it seems to arise only when a user is signed into their YouTube account on the Apple TV. YouTube has confirmed on Twitter that it is investigating the issue and working...
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YouTube's iOS App Gets First Update in Two Months

Friday February 12, 2021 6:59 pm PST by
Google today finally updated its YouTube iOS app for the first time in over two months, becoming one of the highest-profile Google apps to see an update since early December when Apple began requiring that developers disclose privacy practices for each of their apps in order to have their updates approved. Most of Google's apps have yet to be updated since the requirement went into effect,...
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YouTube Website's Picture-in-Picture Works Again in iOS 14.5 Beta

Wednesday February 10, 2021 2:27 am PST by
YouTube's website appears to support picture-in-picture (PiP) again in the latest iOS 14.5 beta for iPhone, although how long it will continue to work for is anybody's guess. Tests show it works in Safari as well as third-party browsers like Chrome and Firefox by expanding a video to play fullscreen, and then tapping the small picture-in-picture icon in the top-left of the interface. Then ...
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YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available

Wednesday February 3, 2021 2:09 pm PST by
YouTube is planning to stop supporting its YouTube app on the third-generation Apple TV models, where YouTube has long been available as a channel option. A 9to5Mac reader received a message about the upcoming app discontinuation, which is set to take place in March.Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on ‌Apple TV‌ (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube...
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YouTube App Adds HDR Support for iPhone 12

Monday November 9, 2020 3:04 am PST by
The most recent YouTube App update (15.45.2) has added HDR support for the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. YouTube has supported HDR on its iOS app since the iPhone X but has required updates to support new hardware. To check to see if you are watching YouTube videos at their highest quality, you can simply press the three dots on the top right of the video,...
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YouTube for iOS Gaining New Gestures and Controls

Monday October 26, 2020 9:32 am PDT by
Google is overhauling the YouTube app for iOS to add more intuitive gestures and control options, according to a new blog post on the YouTube site. The AutoPlay button is being moved from below a video to the top of a video, so it's easier to turn off autoplay content if desired. Captions are also easier to get to right above the video screen, and YouTube said there are "snappier" controls...
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Apple TV YouTube App Rolling Out 4K Support

Friday October 2, 2020 11:07 am PDT by
One of the new tvOS 14 features highlighted by Apple was support for watching 4K videos in the YouTube app, but when tvOS 14 launched, Apple TV 4K users quickly noticed that support wasn't available. That appears to be changing, as there are reports on Reddit (via FlatpanelsHD) that support for 4K YouTube videos is starting to roll out. Multiple users have reported seeing 4K playback options ...
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iOS 14 Picture in Picture No Longer Working With YouTube's Mobile Website in Safari [Without Premium]

Friday September 18, 2020 12:21 pm PDT by
Apple in iOS 14 added Picture in Picture to the iPhone, a feature designed to let you watch a video in a small screen on your device while you continue to do other things on the phone. When Picture in Picture was working with YouTube The YouTube app doesn't support Picture in Picture, but up until yesterday there was a functional workaround that allowed videos from YouTube.com to be watched...

YouTube Tests Native Picture-in-Picture Mode for iOS App

Friday August 28, 2020 2:40 am PDT by
YouTube appears to be testing Picture in Picture (PiP) mode for its iOS app, reports 9to5Mac. The feature allows users to watch YouTube videos while using other apps, and was discovered by developer Daniel Yount, who stumbled across it while viewing a YouTube live stream on his iPad. Picture in Picture working on iPadOS with the YouTube app. (But only worked with this live stream, there must ...
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YouTube Rolls Out 'Chapters' Feature to Mark Specific Content in a Video

Friday May 29, 2020 3:44 am PDT by
YouTube is rolling out a new Chapters feature across mobile and web that should make searching through a video for specific content a lot less annoying. One of the frustrating things about YouTube is having to scrub through long videos and stopping and starting playback to find the content that interests you. Until now, users had to rely on considerate YouTubers adding a list of timestamps...
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Apple TV 3 Owners Report Issues Viewing YouTube Content

Wednesday April 8, 2020 3:39 am PDT by
Google appears to have handicapped its YouTube support for the third-generation Apple TV, based on hundreds of user complaints on Apple’s support forums and in YouTube’s Help Center. Multiple users are reporting problems accessing certain YouTube content such as music videos. When attempting to watch the content, viewers are being met with the message "An error occurred loading this content. ...
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YouTube to Launch New 'Shorts' Feature to Rival TikTok

Wednesday April 1, 2020 2:05 pm PDT by
YouTube is working on a new feature called "Shorts" that will replicate the short videos shared on popular social networking app TikTok, reports The Information. YouTube's Shorts will exist within the current YouTube mobile app and will see YouTube offering a feed of brief videos posted by YouTube users that will be able to take advantage of YouTube's catalog of licensed music....
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YouTube Will Temporarily Limit Video Streaming Quality Worldwide Starting Today

Tuesday March 24, 2020 7:41 am PDT by
YouTube will begin reducing the quality of its videos for users around the world starting today. With a growing percentage of people staying at home for the next few weeks and months, YouTube hopes this new streaming quality limit will keep the video sharing website running smoothly amid the increased traffic (via Bloomberg). This change began in Europe last week, and will hit worldwide over ...
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YouTube to Follow Netflix's Lead and Reduce Stream Quality in Europe to Ease Strain on Broadband Networks

Friday March 20, 2020 3:58 am PDT by
Following in the footsteps of Netflix, YouTube is reducing the quality of its videos in Europe to reduce the strain on broadband networks caused by an upsurge in home usage following the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports. "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default," the company said in a statement. Standard definition videos...
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YouTube Rolls Out New 'Explore' Tab to All Users on Mobile

Friday March 13, 2020 4:08 am PDT by
Google is rolling out a new "Explore" tab in its official YouTube mobile app after several months of experiments and testing. The new tab replaces the "Trending" tab, and includes the same trending content but also links to destination pages of YouTube's existing video categories, including Gaming, Music, News, and more. As Google explains: With Explore, you not only have access to Trending ...
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YouTube TV Ending Support for App Store Subscriptions in March

Thursday February 13, 2020 10:56 am PST by
YouTube today sent out emails to customers who are subscribed to its YouTube TV service through Apple's App Store, letting them know that ‌App Store‌ subscriptions are going to be discontinued in March. From the emails:You're currently subscribed to YouTube TV through Apple in-app purchases, so we're writing to let you know that, starting March 13, 2020, YouTube TV will no longer accept...
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YouTube Working on Apple TV Channels-Like Feature for Third-Party Video Subscriptions

Monday February 10, 2020 2:33 pm PST by
YouTube is considering offering a feature that would let people sign up for subscription services from third-party entertainment companies through YouTube, reports The Information. Such a feature would be similar to Apple TV Channels and the Amazon Channels option from Amazon, both of which allow users to sign up for paid video services through their Apple ID and Amazon accounts, respectively. ...
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YouTube iOS App Gains 'Topics' to Filter Your Subscriptions Feed

Wednesday January 15, 2020 12:59 am PST by
Google has updated its official YouTube iOS app with Subscription feed "topics" in an effort to make it easier for users to catch up with their favorite creators. The topics appear below the top row of followed channels and essentially act as filters for content that you subscribe to. The default setting is "All," which lists all videos from channels you're subscribed to, from newest to...
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Apple to Live Stream September 10 Event on YouTube

Friday September 6, 2019 2:57 pm PDT by
For the first time, Apple will live stream its Tuesday, September 10 event on YouTube, Apple announced today using a placeholder video uploaded to the site. Apple is allowing YouTube users to set a reminder to get a notification when the event begins. It is set to kick off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 10. Cupertino calling. Join us for an Apple special event live from the Steve...