YouTube has become for many a platform where you can watch recipes or useful tutorials, sit all day long with your favorite video clips, or post funny cat videos yourself. This platform has united people around the world and became a part of the lives of millions – as for a long time of existence, the service took more than 800 million video materials!
YouTube can be discussed for a long time, its pros and cons, but today we will look at one of the options that can be used by everyone who wants to have more functionality in the YouTube app. We’re talking about YouTube Premium – a paid monthly subscription. Let’s look at it specifically and show you how to use it on your Roku device.
What is YouTube Premium
Now first things first. When watching any video on YouTube, you’re sure to encounter targeting ads, which are very, very often scattered throughout the video. It’s incredibly annoying. So to avoid this and get some more bonuses, YouTube offers a paid sub-action. It costs $11.99 a month, with a free first month, so you can try it out and see if you like this format.
Since the basic plan at Netflix is cheaper, I think a subscription to the video hosting service is better done through the Family Plan option, which costs $17.99. That is, you can add up to 5 members of an acquaintance or family while sharing the total price for all. That’s much cheaper, at $3.6 per person. That’s even cheaper than a student subscription ($6.99).
As a result, your Google+ connected to the YouTube channel will have access to ad-free content, video downloads, play in the background feature, offline libraries, and YouTube Music and YouTube Originals streaming. This makes it quite convenient to use YouTube, so no wonder you’re interested in how you can use YouTube in this format on your Roku device.
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Is it possible to get the YouTube app on Roku
To begin with, before you start using YouTube Premium, you must install the popular YouTube app from the Roku Channel Store. As you know, all Roku devices support the YouTube app. Well, almost all of them do. That very old and the very first model in 2010 has nothing to do with YouTube. If you don’t have it, you can safely install the YouTube app:
- Press “Home” to open the “Channel Store” on your interface.
- Click on the “Top Free” or “Search Channels” and type in the search bar “YouTube“.
- YouTube should be one of the first channels to appear. Click to select.
- Click on the “Add Channel” button on the right-hand side. Wait a couple of seconds for Roku to download it.
- Choose the “Go to Channel” option after the download is finished.
If you haven’t used YouTube before, most likely you will have a YouTube guest page, i.e. it’s not linked to a specific profile. You can either create a new one or link to an existing one using the Sign In option. Your profile will have its own viewing history, and playlists you can customize, and, accordingly, YouTube will be able to select videos for you in the “Recommendations” tab based on your interests.
However, do you still want to try YouTube Premium? If you already have a YouTube account with an active subscription, just go to your account as mentioned earlier. If you don’t have a subscription yet, just go to Settings from the left sidebar menu. There you’ll find a tab asking you to subscribe to YouTube Premium. Just follow the instructions on the screen.
What about watching YouTube TV on Roku
Well, if you’re looking for something like a VoD service, you might be interested in YouTube, because it has a pretty good price ($64.99 per month) and it shows you both live channels and on-demand. As for me, 85 channels of all kinds of content at that price is a good deal. What’s more, YouTube TV is known for its unlimited DVR space. Almost all Roku devices support YouTube TV and here’s how you can install it:
- Click on the “Home” button.
- Open the “Streaming Channels” tab to access the “Search Channels” dialog box.
- Find YouTube TV and click to “Add Channel.”
- Confirm the installation with “OK.”
- Go back to your home screen and open YouTube TV.
And even though you’ll still encounter ads during live TV, if you want to try this service, just click Try it free. If you already have YouTube TV, just choose Sign in and follow the directions to sign in to your account.
Are there any alternatives on how to watch YouTube on Roku
Sometimes it happens that you’re not convenient to use the TV to search for videos, or you have other goals and you need to connect your smartphone or tablet to the Roku. Generally, there are two ways to do this – through the TV code or through the Cast option. Choose which is more convenient for you. So first we’ll show you how to complete the procedure using a code:
- Check if your smartphone or tablet is connected to the same network as your Roku device.
- Open YouTube on Roku. Go to the “Settings” menu.
- Choose Link with TV code.
- Log in to your account. A request to visit youtube.com/activate will appear on your smartphone.
- Finish signing in by clicking on the “Allow Access” button.
- Click on “Pair Device” to connect your smartphone or tablet.
- Go to the youtube.com/pair website or simply scan the QR code that appears on the screen.
- A numerical code will pop up on the TV screen. Type in to pair the devices.
However, as for me, the fastest and easiest way is the Cast option on smartphones or tablets. In one click, you simply broadcast the image and sound to the TV.
- Go to YouTube.
- Select and click on a video.
- Click “Cast”.
- Use the same button to stop streaming.
This method can definitely be suitable for those who don’t like to use the remote control of the TV and it’s faster to find the video via smartphone or tablet.
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How to unsubscribe from YouTube Premium via Roku
It’s all very well, but you realized YouTube Premium isn’t your cup of tea and you decided to unsubscribe, delete your YouTube account and change the service to another. You can do this in various ways – after all, you can access YouTube from any device. But can you unsubscribe from the service on your Roku device? See how easy it is:
- Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
- Use the arrow button to navigate and highlight the YouTube channel.
- Press the (*) button on your remote.
- Select the Manage subscription.
- To unsubscribe, select Cancel subscription.
- Again, select Cancel subscription to confirm it.
So this is how you unsubscribe from YouTube Premium via Roku device. There’s also an option to subscribe again at any time, and the subscription will, however, be without a trial period this time.
Now you know how to use YouTube on the Roku, how to subscribe via this device to YouTube Premium, and what this option offers in general. As you can see, you can also use YouTube TV on Roku, and there’s no doubt that the latter is considered one of the best devices for casting various services.