How to Watch Videos on YouTube

Edit Article Viewing and watching YouTube videos is a relatively straightforward process! To do so, you'll need access to the YouTube website or the mobile app for your smartphone.

Using the YouTube App (iOS)

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    Open your "App Store" app.
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    TapSearch.This is the magnifying glass icon on the bottom of your screen.
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    Type in "youtube".
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    Tap "youtube".It should be the first result in the drop-down menu.
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    Tap "YouTube".
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    TapGET.This is in the top right corner of your screen.
    • If you've downloaded YouTube before, this will be a cloud icon with an arrow facing down.
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    TapINSTALL.
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    Enter your Apple ID and password if prompted.
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    Wait for YouTube to finish downloading.
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    Open the "YouTube" app.
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    Tap the magnifying glass.This is in the top right corner of your phone screen.
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    Type in a search query.
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    TapSearch.
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    Tap a video you want to watch.It should start automatically!
    • Tap anywhere on the video to pause it. Click again to un-pause.
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    Tap the Share button.This is the right-facing arrow below your video.
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    Tap a sharing option.Your options are:
    • Copy link
    • Share on Facebook
    • Share on Gmail
    • Share on Twitter
    • Share through email
    • Share in a message
    • Share through WhatsApp
    • More (share through your phone's messaging app}
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    Follow your option's provided steps.You have successfully viewed and shared a YouTube video!

Using the YouTube App (Android)

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    Open the Google Play Store.
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    Tap the magnifying glass icon.
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    Type in "youtube".
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    TapGo.
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    Tap "YouTube".
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    TapInstall.
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    TapAcceptif prompted.
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    Wait for YouTube to finish downloading.
  • How to Watch Videos on YouTube
    Tap your "YouTube" app.
  • How to Watch Videos on YouTube
    Tap the magnifying glass.This is in the top right corner of your phone screen.
  • How to Watch Videos on YouTube
    Type in a search query.
  • How to Watch Videos on YouTube
    TapSearch.
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    Tap a video you want to watch.It should start automatically!
    • Tap anywhere on the video to pause it. Click again to un-pause.
  • How to Watch Videos on YouTube
    Tap the Share button.This is the right-facing arrow at the top of your video window.[1]
    • If you can't see this option, tap the video window once.
  • How to Watch Videos on YouTube
    Tap a sharing option.Your options are:
    • Copy link
    • Share on Facebook
    • Share on Gmail
    • Share on Twitter
    • Share through email
    • Share in a message
    • Share through WhatsApp
    • More (share through your phone's messaging app}
  • How to Watch Videos on YouTube
    Follow your phone's on-screen steps.Now you know how to open and share a YouTube video on Android!

Using the YouTube Site (Desktop)

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    Navigate toYouTube.
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    Click the "Search" field.This is at the top of the page.
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    Type in a search query.
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    PressEnter.You can also click the magnifying glass icon to the right of this search bar.
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    Click on a video you'd like to watch.Now you know how to watch a YouTube video!
    • To pause the video, click anywhere on the video's display. Click again to un-pause.
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    Click theSharearrow.This is below your YouTube video.
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    Right-click the highlighted URL.You can also click one of the provided social media platforms.
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    ClickCopy.
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    Paste your YouTube link onto your preferred site.Do this by right-clicking in a shareable field (e.g., an email or a status update field) and clickingPaste.
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    Return to your video.You have now viewed and shared a YouTube video!

Tips

  • YouTube is a great source of a variety of content, including anything from strict news to wild comedy.

Warnings

  • Attempting to access YouTube on restricted servers--such as at schools--may result in failure to load the site.
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