How to Watch YouTube Videos on the Amazon Echo Show
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(Pocket-lint) – Amazon’s Echo Show is a great device for watching videos, and it’s ready to make the most of Amazon’s media services. And, although Amazon doesn’t really mention it, you can also use it to watch YouTube videos. It’s easy to do, but first you need to check that you have a compatible speaker.
Amazon’s Echo Show lineup now includes four speakers with touchscreens: the Echo Show 15, which looks like a large picture frame, the Echo Show 10, which rotates and measures 10 inches, the ‘Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen), which measures 5.5 inches, and the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen), which measures 8 inches. Each of these Echo Show devices can load content from your favorite YouTube channel. You can also charge it to your first-gen Echo Show 8 and Show 5.
While there’s no official YouTube app, nor skill – or support from Google for that matter – there is an easy workaround that will allow you to watch any YouTube video or live stream on Echo Show devices. Just make sure your device is plugged in, set up, and turned on. Then just ask Alexa to “open YouTube”.
Ask Alexa to open YouTube on the Echo Show
If this is your first time asking, Alexa will ask you to choose a default browser. You have the choice between Amazon’s Silk and Mozilla’s Firefox. Tap a browser to select it (you won’t have to do this again for future YouTube open requests). Note that if you prefer Firefox over Silk, you can also use YouTube TV, as Firefox is one of the few browsers, aside from Chrome, that supports YouTube TV.
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Alexa will then open YouTube directly in the browser you selected. You can sign in to your YouTube account or not – it’s up to you.
From then on, to use YouTube on the Echo Show, ask Alexa to open YouTube, and the webpage will open. Touch the Echo Show’s touchscreen with your finger to sign in or search and browse YouTube like you would on a tablet. You can ask things like, “Alexa, play SNL on YouTube,” but Alexa will search and bring up a YouTube results page, which you can tap to play a video.
It does not work ? You may need to update
If you have an older Echo Show, update it to the latest software.
- On your device, swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Tap Settings.
- Go to Device Options.
- Update the software via Check for software updates.
Your Echo Show will then be updated. This should allow you to use YouTube.
You want to know more ?
Check out our tips and tricks for the Echo Show.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Edited by Cam Bunton.