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How to Watch YouTube on the Fire TV (After Google Pulls The YouTube App This Weekend)

Time is running out, and Google plans to pull their YouTube app from the Fire TV. A few weeks ago Google announced plans to pull their YouTube app from the Fire TV on January 1, 2018. This is not the first time Google has pulled a YouTube app from an Amazon device. Earlier this year Google pulled the YouTube app from the Echo Show. Last week though the YouTube app returned to the Echo Show, but Google didn’t release that app—it came from Amazon and Google didn’t learn about it until they saw it in the press according to TechCrunch.

So how can you watch YouTube on the Fire TV? There are a few options, mainly using the new web browsers on the Fire TV. You have two options for a web browser on the Fire TV: first, the official Amazon browser called Silk and, second, the FireFox browser for the Fire TV.

What if you don’t want to have to manually enter the address for YouTube every time? Check out the Fire TV app called Bookmarker from AFTVnews.com. This app will allow you to put an app on your home screen, and every time you click on it you will be launched into the website you bookmarked.

You can find the Bookmarker app on Amazon HERE.

What I Suggest

My suggestion is to install the Silk Browser and then install the Bookmarker app. From there just save YouTube.com to your home screen on the Fire TV and you will have easy and full access to YouTube.com from your Fire TV.

The Downside…

Although this will let you access YouTube.com, you will lose some functionality like casting your YouTube to your Fire TV will no longer work. If that is important, you may want to think about buying an inexpensive Roku or Chromecast. Both can be picked up for under $40 and will offer YouTube casting.

So there you go… how to watch YouTube on the Fire TV after Google pulls their YouTube app.

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17 Responses to How to Watch YouTube on the Fire TV (After Google Pulls The YouTube App This Weekend)

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    clocks11 December 30, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    You don’t even need the Bookmarker app. I installed both Silk and Firefox browser, and they both seemed to have a bookmark for Youtube by default.

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    AИ₮$ December 30, 2017 at 10:38 am #

    Anyone else been getting a black circle with a white background when they open the Silk Browser? Someones force closing it and cleaning cache helps. Sometimes i have to restart the firetv

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      id10t December 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

      Yes on the very 1st night. I had to delete the browser then reinstall it. Apparently according to support (who was shocked WED night that the app was removed) if you installed Silk a few weeks ago when it was released and did not update to the one they released this past week it will not work properly and you get the spinning circle.

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    bayportbob December 30, 2017 at 10:38 am #

    rather than buy a inexpensive Roku or Chromecast to supplement your amazon fire tv, why not just buy a Roku or Chromecast in the first place?

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      Fred Koot December 30, 2017 at 11:05 am #

      Because some people want a more usable streaming device.

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        charles perry December 30, 2017 at 11:45 am #

        Yes, I have both a Fire Tv and a Roku, each of which has certain advantages over the other.

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      Scott Morris December 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

      Exactly!

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    charles perry December 30, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    Foxfire provides links to 8 selected sites on their Fire Tv page, and the first one is YouTube. it displays images in the same manner as the Fire Tv apps and performs in much the same way.

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    James Grayson December 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

    Don’t forget that having a browser on your device has far greater value than just getting access to YouTube. I would load both Firefox and Silk, they are both free!

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    David Batten December 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    All this depends on how serious Google is on blocking the Fire TV devices. Google can just as easily block the browsers on the Fire TV as well.
    Remember that the Fire TV are built on top of Android and Google created and owns Android.

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      James Grayson December 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

      I don’t think Google wants to start blocking browsers. That would be like cutting off their nose to spite their face. Forcing Google to limit YouTube to the Chrome browser, would be a bad idea.

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        David Batten December 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

        It is possible to block browsers from some devices but not others.

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          James Grayson December 31, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

          Are you seriously saying that Google can block Firefox from appearing on a non Google device. If Microsoft wanted to put the Edge browser on Roku, Google could block it, be serious!

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            David Batten December 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

            Not block the install of a browser, but block any YouTube videos from playing. Even using a browser on a Fire TV OS.
            This is the same as Amazon was able to block Prime Videos from playing on the NVidia Shield

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            James Grayson January 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

            Okay, I see your point.

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    id10t December 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    As the others have said the bookmark app is not needed on either browser. I will say however that that Silk is the worst of the 2 experiences. Firefox acts and appears to be exactly the same as the app while Silk is mess.

    I can exit the the Fire TV main screen use other apps return to Firefox and it is still in the session I was in when I hit the home screen app. Setting it to run full screen makes it work just like the app so that is all good.

    Silk on the other hand would not work that way for me and using the silly cursor to move around is terrible IMHO. I did not spend much time trying to figure Silk out after I used Firefox so it may work fine but it seems to take 3 steps to do everything vs normal app like operation in Firefox.

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    Kodi Guru December 31, 2017 at 8:33 am #

    Side load this on your firestick/fire tv. You’re welcome

    https://github.com/yuliskov/SmartYouTubeTV/releases