Adding your YouTube account to your Smart TV is now easier with the new mobile login option.
what you need to know
- YouTube for Smart TV introduces a host of new features, including a new sign-in process.
- It allows you to log into your YouTube account without using the on-screen keyboard.
- YouTube will now also dynamically display the current video playback resolution.
Signing into your YouTube account on a Smart TV can be a hassle if you have no choice but to use the on-screen keyboard. Fortunately, YouTube added a login option using a web browser, but a new option makes the process easier.
YouTube has added a new feature that allows you to log into your YouTube account on your Smart TV without using the on-screen virtual keyboard. You just need to approve the login attempt on your smartphone. This eliminates the need to manually enter your email address and password.
Android Police has discovered new mobile sign-in options, and YouTube’s support page has been updated with instructions on how to sign in with your device. To do this, go to the YouTube homepage on your Smart TV and click the “Sign In” button in the upper left corner. Then, select the “Sign in with your phone” pop-up option. The next step is to grant access to your Android phone by opening the YouTube app and then linking your existing account.
In addition to the new mobile login feature, YouTube now dynamically displays the effective resolution of the current video playback, from SD to 8K. Before this change, you had to open the pop-up mini-menu to check the video playback resolution.
YouTube has also tweaked the subtitles menu, adding new options to change the font and font size without interrupting video playback. You can also change the background and window color.
Late last year, YouTube rolled out a proper playlist UI on Android TV and Google TV, displaying the playlist name and other details on the left side of the screen, rather than playing the entire playlist on click. The service also announced the arrival of video chapters on smart TVs and video game consoles.
The latest updates are a bit late, but they’re a welcome improvement to YouTube’s smart TV interface. The new feature should be available on a variety of smart TV models, including the best Android TVs.