How to Activate Youtube on Smart TVs and Streaming Devices

In the world of now, you don’t have to worry about not having prior knowledge of a thing or how you will be able to figure something out when it is your first time at it. You know why? Because youtube. com is there for you. Once you are able to activate youtube. com in your devices such as Smart TV and streaming devices on, you have the world in your palm.

I guess it’s safe to borrow that verse of Scripture and say ”YouTube, a very present help”. Because indeed it is.

Is it baking? is it sewing? Perhaps photo editing or maybe you just want information about a particular city or anything at all. In fact, I have a friend who all she does on her Youtube channel is travel to different  cities, tour the city, make videos of their hotels and some choicest places you might love to visit if you happen to be in the city. You know, all of that ”find your way round this city” kind of stuff.

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I call her, the tourist YouTuber and tell you what? She’s got tons of followers who find her content so useful and engaging. YouTube is just such a world of its own. A world of knowledge, experience and all that goodnesses. I’m sure you will agree with me.

Now, with all these, I guess you know why YouTube is a necessity. Oh yeah, it is. I know of parents who rely on YouTube to keep their kids both entertained and busy at the same time and we bless technology for YouTube compatible televisions and all the other devices. Again, permit me to say.  YouTube is a very present help, in times of need (Laughs).

Moving on, I would like to assume that we all know what YouTube is but I guess a little background knowledge won’t hurt anybody. So here we go.

Youtube Background

YouTube is an American online video sharing and social media platform currently  owned by Google but it was launched on February 14, 2005 (I can’t help but notice that, that’s on Valentine’s day) by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim.

It is the second most visited website, with more than one billion monthly users who collectively watch more than one billion hours of videos everyday.

YouTube provides a video sharing service where users can watch, like, share, comment and upload their own videos and this video service can be accessed on a range of devices like PCs, tablets, mobile phones and laptops.

In October of 2006, YouTube was bought over by Google for $1.65 billion and that of course changed its business model as it expanded beyond the websites into mobile apps, network television and the ability to link with other services.

The video categories on YouTube includes;

  • Music videos
  • Video clips
  • News
  • Short films
  • Feature films
  • Documentaries
  • Teasers and movie trailers
  • Live streamings
  • Vlogs and more.

Most of these contents are generated by individuals who have channels hosted on the site and viewers are allowed to subscribe to the channels that they like and find useful.  YouTube has had a substantial social impact of influencing popular culture, internet trends and creating multimillionaire celebrities.

What is a youtube Channel

Now, if you’ve been following this post up until this point, I am sure you cane across the points where I made mention on  YouTube channel. So here, we are going to give a bit more detail about what a YouTube channel is.

A YouTube channel is a member’s personal presence on YouTube. It is where a Youtuber(someone who has decided to open and own a YouTube channel), groups the videos they make and uploads them for subscribers to watch and engage with.

The channel serves as the home page for the user’s account and one can have more than one YouTube channel.

Anyone can access YouTube without having an account, but if you plan to upload videos or make playlists. That is when owning a channel becomes necessary.

Here are the few steps to take if you ever consider opening  your own personal YouTube channel.

  • First off, you need to log into YouTube with your Google account.
  • Then, attempt any action that requires a channel, such as uploading a video.
  • Of course, at this point, you will be prompted to  create a channel since you don’t already have one.
  •  Review the information that’s displayed, including your account name and image and confirm the information is accurate to create your channel.
  •  Another way to go about it, is to sign in, click your profile picture. You will be asked to create a channel. Check the details (with your Google Account name and photo) then confirm to create your channel. It’s that simple!

How to View youtube Channels

Perhaps, you are not necessarily looking to open and own your channel, but you are keen on being a user and of course gleaning some information on YouTube. Then this is for you.

First of all, it is always advised that you subscribe to a channel once you find their contents useful, so that anytime the content creator uploads new contents, you will automatically be notified. This makes it possible for you not to lose out on a content that might be useful for you.

So here you go;

  • Open the YouTube App on your phone
  •  Type the channel name into the Search YouTube bar. If you don’t know the channel name point blankly, you cab search for any keyword(s) that might bring it up in the search 
  • Tap on the search key and this will display tons of channels, videos and playlists that matches your search.
  • Then, if you see a video shared by the channel you are looking for displayed in the search result, you tap the channels profile photo just below the videos bottom-left corner to view the channel’s page.
  • Tap the filter icon. That is the three horizontal lines with sliders at the top-right corner of the screen. A list of search filters will appear.
  • Tap channel, from here you tap on ”Type”and this tells YouTube to only display channels that match your search. 
  • Tap a channel in the search result and this displays the channel’s home page and there you are.

What is

This is basically the process where you hey to activate your devices so you can start steaming content from YouTube. It is not that you can’t use YouTube without activation, of course you can but you will only be able to access it as  guest. That way, your preferences will not be saved. Smart TV Code

Activate YouTube using

  • Open the YouTube App on your phone
  • Then you go ahead and ”sign in” that device.
  • If you do not have an account, then you can  create one using your email address, password, gender, country and whatever is required in that field.
  • Next, you will go to and enter the activation code that appears on your device screen in the  box on the website.
  • After entering the code, click on ”allow”. Then, proceed to agreeing to the terms and conditions of YouTube.
  • Once you agree, a confirmation screen appears and voilà! You can have access to YouTube on that device.

Activate youtube on Samsung TV using

  • Get the activation code from the Youtube App on your smart TV.
  • Enter using a browser on your computer or mobile device.
  • Sign in to the YouTube App on your TV.
  •  Enter the code displayed on your smart TV.
  • Press Next and wait for the confirmation page to show up.
  • Press allow access if it requires permission.

Activate on Xbox or PlayStation console.

Xbox One is Microsoft’s 8th generation video game console that us capable of connecting to a television or other display media. It provides realistic graphics for games.

The PlayStation is equally a video game console developed by Sony.

  • First off, check if the consoles have a YouTube App or not. If no, then you have to download if from the store.
  • Go to sign in and settings and press X.
  • Write down the code shown on the screen.
  • Enter using a browser on your computer or mobile device.
  • Enter the code the App have you and click next.
  • Then, click allow access when you see the option.

Activate YouTube using on Roku.

Roku is a brand of hardware digital media players manufactured by American Company Roku, Inc. They offer access to steaming media content from online services which is where Youtube comes in.

So  here is what you need to do, to get your YouTube activated on Roku.

  • Be sure your Roku device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, then connect your Roku device to a TV and sign in to your Roku account.
  • On the home screen,go ahead ans select the option channel store and press OK on your remote control.
  • Navigate to the top free option on the list and select YouTube, then press OK.
  • Select the Add channel option and press OK from your remote control.
  • The Roku device will take a while to add it to your list of channels. After it has added, you can see the YouTube channel on your channel list.
  • One the left side of the YouTube channel, select the Gear icon.
  • On the dropdown, select sign in and provide your Google account information if it is your first time of doing this on that device.
  • After you’ve signed in, the YouTube channel gives you an 8-digit code with which you will use to activate your YouTube at your (You might just want to write down this code).
  • Then go over to via your laptop or mobile phone.
  • Enter your Google account information, if you are not already signed in on that browser. Ensure to provide same details with the one you used on your Roku device.
  • Once you have signed in, you will then have to enter the 8-digit code that the Roku device had given you, then proceed.
  • If an option pops up, saying ”Allow access”. Just click on it and there you are.

Activate Youtube using on Kodi

Kodi is a multi-platform home theatre PC application that allows users access to streaming media content via online services such as Amazon Prime, Oandora, Internet Radio and of course Yourbe. For  Kodi, you will have to

  • Install your YouTube first. This is done by going to settings first and selecting ”add-ons”.
  • Once you have selected that, you can now select install from add-ons.
  • Navigate to video add-ons and select YouTube.
  • Select install and allow it install on yoir gadget.
  • Once that is done, you can access YouTube Add-on by going to videos and selecting ”Add-ons”.
  • Open YouTube and click on Sign in. You will be given the  normal 8-digit verification code.
  • Get s PC or your mobile device, go to and of course, enter the 8-digit code in there.
  • Click on proceed and if you are asked to ”allow access”, then do so and there you are. You are ready to access YouTube videos on Kodi.

What you must know

There are certain things you should keep in mind and that is;

  • The URL is Please note that the slash used here is a backslash and not a forward slash.
  • YouTube is Google owned and so it is connected with other Google services as such when you go to this URL, you will be directed to https:/, you must not panic.
  • If you find it challenging at any point, just reach out to YouTube support.

Long and short of it all is, if you want to activate your YouTube account on a certain device with a streaming service, then you must use by inputing the 8-digit YouTube activation code to verify your device and that’s it.

It is not a difficult process at all but rather straightforward and easy once you follow the steps you are supposed to.

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