Tuesday, June 6, 2023

How to Watch YouTube Videos On A Streaming Device When Links Are Sent Via Email or Text

Do you receive YouTube video links sent to you by email or text that you want to watch on a streaming device like, Roku or FireTV?

And you haven't found a way to send those links to your streaming devices?

That's a problem.

Because your streaming device doesn't have email or text capabilities.

One approach might be to try to search YouTube to find the same video.

But here's a Cool Tip that will let you easily watch those videos on your other devices.

--> Watch enough of the video on your phone or PC so that YouTube will list it in your YouTube history.

Then, login to your streaming device in it's YouTube app and find the video in your YouTube history list.

Here's how to do it.

  • When a friend sends you a YouTube link, select it and watch it on your phone or PC.  
    • Be sure to have the YouTube app on your phone.
    • Be sure to be logged into your YouTube/Google account. 
    • Watch at least 15 seconds so that YouTube lists the video in your YouTube history.
  • Go to your streaming device such as Roku or FireTV.
  • Open the YouTube app.
    • If needed, download the YouTube app from the streaming device's App Store.
  • Login to your Google/YouTube Account on the app.
  • Select the History link
  • Select the video you want to watch.

It's an easy way to watch that specific YouTube video that is sent by text or email on your streaming device.

YouTube History
fig. 1 - Select Video from Your YouTube History

There are several other things you can do when you watch a YouTube video on your phone or PC and watch to watch it again on a streaming device.

Try going to the channel of the creator and Subscribe to the channel.  

You can also mark the video as a favorite.  

In both cases, when you are watching from the streaming device, you can go to your Subscriptions or your Favorites to find the video again.

That's it.  


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