How to Record on Youtube TV

This article is a guide on how to record on Youtube TV. Youtube TV is arguably the most popular streaming device with an estimate of about 4 million subscribers. This is not surprising as Youtube TV has many features that set it apart from other streaming devices.

One of the amazingly free features is the unlimited digital video recorder(known as DVR). This feature allows you to record on Youtube TV.

You can record any program you want, and it could be movies, live events, sports shows, documentaries, lifestyle, and fashion.

You can use any device ranging from your computer to your smartphone to record on Youtube TV, and you do not have to worry about storage space on your computer or phone as the recording will be on your DVR and not your device.

How it Works

Youtube TV named its digital video recording platform (DVR) Library, so on the Youtube TV interface, you will not find anything called DVR. You will only see Library, but it performs the same function as the DVR.

The first step to recording a program on Youtube TV is adding it to your Library by using the Plus sign icon that shows when you view your Library. Then the DVR feature will automatically record it when it airs. 

If it is a TV show, it records automatically every time a new episode airs. If it is a live show, you can access the show in your Library for approximately 90 days as long as you maintain your membership status.

All of your recordings can be accessed by navigating to the My Libary section of your youtube TV either via the web or using the app.

What are the Features of Youtube TV Digital Video Recording(DVR)?

As it has been earlier explained that Youtube’s terminology for DVR is Library, we would now be looking at some of the key features of the Youtube DVR and the things you can do with it.

Live Recording: You can record a show that is going on Live on Youtube TV while watching it. All you need to do is pause and start recording.

Digital Video Recording Storage Limit: You have the privilege of recording an unlimited number of shows at no extra cost to you, except the basic fee you pay to access Youtube TV. 

You also do not need to worry about storage space, as all of your recordings are saved on the Youtube DVR cloud. Which also gives you access to your recordings anytime and anywhere.

You can also record a program while watching another program, as they do not disturb each other when using the Youtube TV DVR.

How to Record on Youtube TV using DVR

Youtube DVR is available on a wide range of devices, from smart TVs like the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Firestick to smartphones like Samsung, Apple, and the rest.

The process of recording on Youtube TV, using any of these devices, and recording from either the web or the Youtube TV app is the same.

Follow the steps listed below to record on Youtube TV.

Open your Youtube TV

 If you want to use the Youtube web browser, go to If you’re going to use the mobile app and you do not have it on your phone, go to the google play store or app store, depending on the OS of your smartphone, to download the Youtube TV app.

Sign in to your Youtube TV account

 Regardless of whatever mode of Youtube TV you are using, either the web or mobile app. It is required that you sign in. For the mobile app, you can find the sign in button at the bottom corner of the screen.

You will find it at the top right corner of the screen for the web browser. However, if you use a smart TV, go to  and enter the activation code on your screen, then sign in with the google account associated with your Youtube TV.

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Search for the Program you want to Record

Locate the search button, which is the magnifying glass icon at the top left corner of your screen. Click on the icon, and enter the name of the Program in the search box that will be showing on your screen.

From the list showing your search result, select the particular Video you are interested in recording.

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Record your Program using the DVR Feature

Next to the name of your Program is a Plus(+) icon, with an Add to Library text. Select the plus icon to add the Program to your Library. After selecting the plus icon, it turns to a checkmark, and you get a prompt letting you know the Program has been added to your Library. Adding this Program means that future airings will be recorded by youtube DVR to your Library.

If you have followed all of the steps listed above, it means you have successfully recorded a youtube program, and the same method replicated to record on Youtube TV.

How to Record Live Shows on Youtube Using DVR

To record a Live show on Youtube, you will follow almost the same steps used when recording a pre-recorded show, except for a few tweaks.

Follow the steps below to record a Youtube Live show.

  • Open your Youtube TV, and select the Live tab at the top corner of your screen.
  • Then select the Live show you want to watch, and start watching it.
  • Now, pause the show you are watching. If you are watching Youtube TV wih your smartphone, tap the Video and clikc on the pause button that appears on your screen. If you are using a computer, click on the Video using your space bar to pause it. If you are using a streaming device such as a smart TV, Click on the Play/Pause button of the remote of your device.
  • After pausing the Video, you will see the plus sign icon appear beneath the title of the Program you are watching. Click on it to start recording the show.

If you have followed these steps, then you have successfully recorded a live show on your Youtube TV library.

How to Watch Recorded Programs on Youtube TV

All recorded shows on your Youtube Library TV are stored for a period of 9 months, within this period, you can watch any of your recorded shows on any of your devices any time you feel like it by following the steps that have been listed below.

  • Open Youtube TV.
  • Then go to the Libary section of your Youtube TV.
  • Now, scroll down and select the category you are interested in watching. The categories are: new in your libary, most watched, scheduled, shows, movies, sports, events, and purchased.
  • Then select the program you are interested in watching,then click on watch now.

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If you can upgrade your basic Youtube TV plan for an additonal $19.99 per month,then after recording your shows using DVR on the Youtube mobile app, you can watch your recordings offline.  

From this article, we have looked at the Youtube TV digital video recording features. We have also learned how to record on Youtube TV both for pre-recorded or live shows. We also checked out how to watch a recorded Youtube show in your Library.

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