Google decided to cast out its YouTube App from Firestick and Fire TV from the start of 2018. Amazon on another hand pulled YouTube App from Firestick TV prior to the Schedule and provided a little fix by redirecting the users to install the Firefox or Silk Browser to access the YouTube.com on your Fire TV.
The reasons which were given by Google for this extreme takedown action are ‘Violation of the ToS’. But if reports are to be believed there is something not so good happening between the Amazon & the Google over the online streaming services.
But today I will let you how you can get back and install the YouTube App on your Firestick TV with sideloading the App from a 3rd party source. Though I can’t guarantee how long the 3rd party App will support the Fire TV but as of now, it is working fine. If YouTube App is not supported by the method below then I will find a workaround for the same and update the post.
Install and get back YouTube App on Firestick and Fire TV
The method I am going to tell is to sideload the YouTube App from 3rd party site as it is not available official App Store if Fire TV.
Step 1. Open Fire TV Home Page.
Step 2. Go to Settings.
Step 3. Under settings select the option Device and then to Developer Options.
Step 4. In Developer options Turn On the Apps from Unknown Sources.
Step 5. Now go back to home screen, open search option and search for Downloader.
Step 7. Now open Downloader Homepage and type in the URL.
Step 8. You will be directed to an Aptoide TV App download page. Install the Aptoide TV App.
Step 9. Open the Aptoide TV App, search for the YouTube App and download the App.
Boom! Videos will play seamlessly with YouTube App.
Note & Conclusion: With the sideloading method above you can install the YouTube App and enjoy the content on your Fire Tv or Firestick. But in near future, if the App stops support then I will come up with a workaround. Connect with us via a bookmark or a subscription.
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I was able.to download the app and YouTube but cannot sign in to youtube. Click on sign in and nothing happens. Cannot input sign info or anything.
I think you cannot sign-in as YouTube services are blocked.
Can’t sign in. >: [
Yes!You can’t log in as Google has disabled the support for Fire Devices. But you can use the App.
Another option is to use this url in the Downloader app (step 7): https://smartyoutubetv.github.io – I’ve been able to sign in but casting doesn’t seem to work.
Thanks mate for the tip 🙂
You can’t sign ooops sorry they capture your username and password.
Google Has stopped support for YouTube App. You can use it without Sign-in
I tried this method. The app works, sure, but for some reason, it won’t let me type anything, I have to “speak” what I’m wanting to search for. My Fire Stick remote control doesn’t have a mike, so as far as I’m concerned, this method is a bust.
Can’t sign in but it’s a lot better than firefox
Doesn’t work, says it needs google to work