Apple Watch can be used for so many purposes. Initially, it was launched to keep track of your health and fitness. But later, there are so many features included like receiving notifications and calls, making calls, sending texts, facetime audio calls, games, etc. But streaming is not one of the options in Apple Watch. Also, there is no YouTube watch app developed yet. In this case, you would doubt how to watch YouTube on Apple Watch. Fortunately, if you own Apple Watch series three, four, five, or later, it supports playing videos. You may take advantage of this feature to watch YouTube videos on Apple TV. The below section guides you with the only way in which you can watch the same in detail.

How to Watch YouTube on Apple Watch?

There is no way possible to download the YouTube app to watchOS. You can’t use the link to stream YouTube videos on Apple Watch. The only way is to share the whole video is using iMessage.

For this, you need to download or screen record the YouTube video on your iPhone and send it through iMessage. In other words, you should embed the video file in a text message. iMessage is an incredible tool for Apple users and can be used to share media files.

You can receive messages from someone else or send a video message from your own iPhone. But make sure to share the full video and not just the video link via iMessage. After receiving the message, tap the thumbnail, and the video will start to play.

How to Watch YouTube on Apple Watch

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  • Tap on the screen to pause any video and tap it again to resume the playback.
  • Use the Digital Crown of the watchOS to adjust the volumes of the videos.
  • After you finish, tap Done.

You can keep the message for viewing the videos later.

Note: If you use the link to watch a YouTube video, you will receive a message stating, “Your browser does not currently recognize the video file“.

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There is another way though. There is an app called Video Player for Apple Watch in the App Store. But it could support only 60 seconds video. You need to download the video and add it to the app on the iPhone and then watch it on Apple Watch.

We think this section has helped out with watching YouTube videos on your watchOS. You might have a few questions. Ask us in the comment section below.


1. Can I use YouTube on Apple Watch?

There is no app. The only way to stream YouTube on watchOS is to send the video through iMessage.

2. How do I listen to YouTube Music on Apple Watch?

Apple Watches Series 3 and above that runs over watchOS 6 and later supports the YouTube Music app and is available on Watch App Store.

3. Can I get YouTube Music on watchOS?

Yes. YouTube Music app is available for watchOS. You can get the app from the App Store on Apple Watch.