How to Watch YouTube Videos on Roku?

Diana Joan

Sep 22, 2014 08:25 am / Posted by Diana Joan

The streaming player Roku is a small set-top box allowing users to enjoy different digital files including Internet broadcast programs on TVs. Users can add or remove channels from the Roku Channel Store.

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Roku provides different web channels for users to watch movies, TVs, and listen to music and its services cover Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crunchyroll, WWE Network, HBO Go, etc. Roku has released a YouTube channel for most of its streaming boxes, which means you can find YouTube app in the Roku Channel Store. How do you watch YouTube videos on Roku?

Part I. How to Watch YouTube Videos on Roku?

Though Roku finally gets the YouTube app, the app is only available to users of “current-generation” Roku devices, which are introduced after June 2011 including Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2XS, Roku 3, the Roku Streaming Stick (both HDMI and Roku Ready versions) and the Roku HD model #2500. How do these Roku users enjoy YouTube videos on Roku?

Step 1. Connect Roku to TV and add them to your Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Add YouTube channel

Search YouTube channels, and click on “Add Channel” to add YouTube channels to your Roku account. Check the added “YouTube channel” by following “Go to channel” or “My channel” on homepage.

Step 3. Avtivate YouTube account

On your computer or smartphone, sign in to your YouTube account. And then you’ll be led to a form asking you to enter a code to activate your YouTube account.

Step 4. Pair device

After activating your YouTube account, Roku will send you another code to pair your device such as a smartphone, a tablet or a computer with it. Go to and enter the pairing code.

Part II. Check Whether Your Device is Roku Ready Certified Product

You can get a better enjoyment if you check Roku ready certified products first to see if your device or TV is designed for Roku streaming.

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Part III. Convert YouTube Videos

It is really a piece of good news that YouTube has finally comes to Roku. However, to watch YouTube videos by following the above steps is quite complicated. Here is an all-in-one YouTube video converter for you to convert your favorite YouTube videos and movies to Roku.