How to connect phone to YouTube on TV and use your device as a remote

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New features mean you can now control the YouTube app on TV whilst browsing on your phone. Here’s how to sync the two apps.

If you’ve ever wondered how to sync your phone to YouTube on TV from iPhone and Android phones, YouTube have you covered. A new feature turns your phone into an extension of the main TV screen.

The changes turn a phone into a remote control for YouTube on your TV, so you can pause video, comment and subscribe with the two screens synched up.

How to connect phone to YouTube on TV

First, sign in to the same YouTube account on your device and TV

Open the YouTube app on both the phone and on the TV

Hit Connect when prompted

YouTube said: “You can directly interact with the video you are watching from the convenience of your phone. That means it’s easier than ever to read video descriptions, leave comments, share the video with a friend, or support your favourite creators by sending a Super Chat or becoming a member, all while you watch on the big screen.”

Why the change? Research by YouTube found that the vast majority of people use a second screen whilst watching YouTube on their TV – over 80%, and many are browsing the YouTube mobile app at the same time, with the same video open on their phone.

The new feature is also a good way to keep users glued to YouTube rather than browsing different apps at the same time.

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