Six YouTube tricks you didn't know about for watching video on your TV
Your video viewing experience on the big screen is about to get better.
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The days of squinting at a YouTube video on your friend's phone are almost over. You already know you can cast YouTube to your TV screen to play videos for a group, or use the
app if you have a smart TV. It makes the YouTube experience so much better. But some more elusive features can really help your YouTube viewing experience shine.
For example, did you know you can watch free movies on YouTube, and rent the latest releases? Not to mention, you can also cast these movies on the TV in your hotel room while you're on vacation. So take advantage and check out these cool tricks you can do on a TV.
This fall, YouTube Originals will be available to watch free (with ads) for all users, according to YouTube. So if you don't see anything you want to watch now, you can always check back in the fall.
Rent the latest releases
If there's a new movie you've been dying to see, like Avengers: Endgame, you can rent (or buy) it on YouTube. If you rent movies on your phone or computer, you'll also be able to watch them on your TV. You can either pull the movie up on the YouTube app or cast it from your phone (see more below). You can check out the new releases here.
Once the two devices are connected, you can activate the Google Home by saying, "Hey, Google" or "OK, Google." A couple examples of commands you can give: "Hey, Google, play Spider-Man: Far from Home trailer on living-room TV," or, "OK, Google, play pilates videos on TV." You can also tell your Google Home to pause, resume, skip and stop videos on your TV.
Take YouTube on vacation
You don't want to miss out on your favorite YouTube influencer's new vlog while you're on vacation, and what better way than to watch it on a big screen. Of course, you can always watch the video on your phone or laptop, but the TV view is so much better. All you need is a
or AirPlay-compatible device to start streaming those vlogs while on the go.
The TV and your phone (or laptop, tablet) need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi in order for this to work. Once they're paired, open the video you want to watch on the YouTube app, then tap on the Cast icon > select the device you want to cast to > tap Play. Voila! Your video is now playing on the TV.
Watch YouTube videos designed for the big screen
YouTube for TV (not to be confused with YouTube TV) has the following options:
Recommended: Shows recommendations based on what you've watched in the past.
Entertainment: Has movie trailers, clips from your favorite shows and videos from your favorite influencers.
Gaming: The latest and what's trending in the gaming world.
Music: You can watch official music videos, live performances and music stations picked for you. Listen to the top of the charts albums and new releases.
Latest: See what's trending today, your daily top picks and featured playlists.
Find purchases and content you saved on your phone
If you've bought something on YouTube or saved a video on your phone, it's simple to find it on your TV. To find a video you saved, select Library from the homepage and scroll down to the Watch Later section. You can also access everything you've bought from the same screen, just scroll down until you see Purchases.