Activate YouTube using youtube.com/activate (2022)

Activate YouTube using youtube.com activate (2020)

YouTube is the go-to platform for most people to watch videos in today’s generation. Whether you want to watch informative tutorials, or movies, or even web series, YouTube has it, and hence, it is the most popular video publishing and the streaming site as of date.

While you can watch YouTube on any smartphone as long it has video support and an internet connection as well as on computers that have a supported browser with an internet connection, watching YouTube on TV is a different luxury. YouTube support on smart TVs is a blessing for everyone.

Activate YouTube using youtube.com activate (2020)

Even if you don’t have a TV with android OS or a smart  TV, there are many ways to watch YouTube on your television. While connecting your TV to a computer is the obvious option, you might be surprised to know that you can connect Roku, Kodi, Xbox One or a PlayStation (PS3 or later) to stream YouTube videos right on your TV.

You might wonder how are you going to log into your Google account on these devices to access your subscribed channels and playlists? That’s where youtube.com/activate comes into the picture. It allows activating your YouTube account on media players or consoles that support this feature and cut down the hassle of requiring a Google account sign-in.

But how do you use it? Let’s find out.

How to Activate YouTube using youtube.com/activate

With this article, we will try to inform our readers as much as we can about the steps you can follow to activate YouTube on some of the popular media players and consoles using youtube.com/activate

Method 1: Activate YouTube on Roku

Roku is a streaming stick that you can connect to your TV and with an internet connection, stream shows, movies, and other media to it. To activate YouTube on Roku:

  1. First, connect your Roku stream stick to your TV. A Wi-Fi connection will be needed. When connected, sign in to your Roku account.
  2. Enter the Home Screen by pressing the Home button on your Roku remote.
  3. Select Channel Store and press the OK button on your Roku remote.
  4. Under Top Free, select YouTube and press OK on your remote.
  5. Select the Add Channel option and press OK.
  6. When you complete the last step, YouTube will be added to your channels. If you want to check if YouTube has been added successfully or not, press the Home button on the remote and go to My Channels. The YouTube channel should be on the list of channels.
  7. Open the YouTube Channel.
  8. Now select the Gear icon located on the left side of the YouTube channel.
  9. Now, select Sign in and enter your Google/YouTube account information.
  10. Roku will display an 8-digit code on the screen.
  11. Now go to youtube.com/activate on your laptop or phone using a supported browser.
  12. Enter your Google account information if you haven’t already logged in and completed the sign-in process.
  13. Enter the eight-digit code that Roku is displaying in the box and complete the activation.
  14. Click Allow access if you see any such prompt. You have now successfully activated YouTube on your Roku stream stick using youtube.com/activate.

Method 2: Activate YouTube on a Samsung Smart TV

If you have a Samsung Smart TV, you will be glad to know that it has one of the fastest procedure for activating YouTube. To do so,

  1. Start the TV, and make sure to have an active Wi-Fi connection. Open the Smart TV app store on Samsung TV.
  2. Look for the YouTube app and open it.
  3. The YouTube app, when opened, will display the eight-digit activation code on your TV screen.
  4. Open your browser on a smartphone or a PC and go to YouTube.com/activate. Make sure you have signed in to your Google/YouTube account before you proceed.
  5. Type the activation code that is being displayed on the Samsung Smart TV screen.
  6. Click on the Next option.
  7. If there is a prompt asking if you want Samsung TV to access your account, proceed with allowing it. You have now YouTube activated on your Samsung Smart TV.

Method 3: Activate YouTube on Kodi

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an open-source media player and entertainment software. If you have Kodi on your TV, you need to install the YouTube plugin first before activating YouTube through youtube.com/activate. Here’s a step-by-step guide about how to activate YouTube on Kodi:

  1. First, locate the option Add-ons and install from here: Repository/Get Add-ons.
  2. Select the Kodi Add-on Repository.
  3. Use the option Video Add-ons.
  4. Select YouTube and click on install now. The installation process might take a minute or two to complete. Ensuring a stable internet connection is recommended.
  5. Once the installation is complete, navigate to Kodi – video – Add-on – YouTube. Open the YouTube app.
  6. You will get an eight-digit verification code on your screen.
  7. Open the webpage www.youtube.com/activate on either a computer or a smartphone.
  8. Enter the eight-digit code that you saw on display.
  9. Click on the Proceed button for YouTube to finish up activating Kodi on YouTube.

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Method 4: Activate YouTube on an Apple TV

As a prerequisite, you will have to download and install the YouTube app on your Apple TV. Open the app store and then search for YouTube, install it. Once that’s done, you can activate YouTube as follows:

  1. Launch the YouTube app on the Apple TV.
  2. Navigate to its settings menu.
  3. Sign in to your account using the option provided in the Settings menu.
  4. Note down the eight-digit code that the Apple TV will display.
  5. Visit www.youtube.com/activate on a smartphone or a PC where you have logged in to the same YouTube account as the Apple TV.
  6. Type the eight-digit code you have noted down, and proceed to complete the activation.

Method 5: Activate YouTube on Xbox One as well as Xbox 360

Activating YouTube on an Xbox is a straightforward process. Just like on an Apple TV, you first need to download and install the YouTube app from the app store. Once you do that,

  1. Open YouTube on the Xbox.
  2. Go to Sign in & settings
  3. Select Sign in and then press the X button on the controller.
  4. The YouTube app will display an eight-digit code. Either write it down or keep this screen open as you will need this code later.
  5. Visit the webpage youtube.com/activate from your laptop or phone. You should be signed in to the same YouTube account as the Xbox. If you aren’t signed in, enter your credentials and log in.
  6. Coming back to the youtube.com/activate page, enter the eight-digit code displayed on Xbox and proceed.
  7. If you see a confirmation prompt asking for confirmation if you wish to allow Xbox access to your account, click on Allow and proceed.

Method 6: Activate YouTube on Amazon Firestick

Amazon Fire Stick allows users to stream from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and now YouTube directly to your TV. To activate your YouTube account on the Amazon Fire Stick,

  1. On the Amazon Fire TV remote, press the home button
  2. Go to the Amazon app store.
  3. Search for YouTube and install it.
  4. You may need to sign in to your YouTube account.
  5. Note down the eight-digit activation code displayed on the screen or keep the screen open
  6. Visit www.youtube.com/activate using a browser on a laptop, desktop, or mobile. Make sure you have logged in to your YouTube account before continuing.
  7. Enter the code you saw on the TV screen, and proceed. In case you get any prompts, allow, and continue.

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Method 7: Activate YouTube on PlayStation

PlayStation, while enabling you to play a wide range of games, also allows you to stream media through its variety of streaming applications available on the app store. YouTube is also available, and to activate YouTube on your TV by connecting it to a PlayStation, follow the below steps.

  1. Open the YouTube app on the PlayStation. Please note that only PlayStation 3 or later is supported. If you don’t have the app installed, open the app store, and download it.
  2. Once you have opened the app, go to Sign-in & settings.
  3. Select the Sign-in option.
  4. The YouTube app will now display an eight-digit code. Note it down.
  5. Visit www.youtube.com/activate using a browser on a laptop, desktop, or mobile. Make sure you have logged in to your YouTube account before continuing.
  6. Enter the code you saw on the TV screen, and proceed. In case you get any prompts, allow, and continue.

Method 8: Activate YouTube on smart TV

Every modern Smart TV has the YouTube application built into it. But, in a few models, it needs to be downloaded from the app store first. Make sure you have it installed before carrying out these steps:

  1. Open the YouTube app on the Smart TV.
  2. Once you have opened the app, go to Settings.
  3. Select the Sign-in option.
  4. The YouTube app will now display an eight-digit code. Note it down.
  5. Visit www.youtube.com/activate using a browser on a laptop, desktop, or mobile. Make sure you have logged in to your YouTube account before continuing.
  6. Enter the code you saw on the TV screen, and proceed. In case you get any prompts, allow, and continue.

Method 9: Use Chromecast to stream YouTube to TV

Google Chromecast is a great option to share screens or stream multimedia from one device to another. It is particularly useful if you want to view something on a larger screen, like casting a video from your mobile phone to a TV. In case you are having issues with the YouTube app on your TV, you can install Chromecast and use it to view YouTube videos.

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet that you want to stream from is on the same Wi-Fi network as Chromecast.
  2. Open the YouTube app.
  3. Tap the Cast button. It is found at the top of the app’s Home screen.
  4. Choose the device you want to cast to, in this case, it will be your TV.
  5. Choose a TV show or video.
  6. Tap on the Play button if the video does not start playing automatically.

Also Read: How to Activate YouTube Dark Mode

We have concluded the techniques you can use to activate YouTube using youtube.com/activate. If you reached a dead-end during any of these methods, you can restart your TV, check and restart the internet connection and try logging out and logging in again with your YouTube account. Google has given us the luxury, and with youtube.com/activate, you can enjoy YouTube’s wide range of videos on a large screen sitting back on your couch.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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