How often do you browse Youtube? If you are anything like me, then you surely visit it quite a lot. Most of the videos linked to the articles I find on Flipboard, Reddit, Press, and the like, eventually lead me to Youtube. I also have a lot of playlists of music videos, movies and TED Talks, and I am subscribed to many Youtube channels too; not to mention, as well, that I tend to fill my “Watch Later” space with videos to watch when I am less busy. So this is quite a lot of time spent sitting on a chair and leaning forward, staring at the laptop. What if it could be done in a more convenient manner, from the comfort of your couch for example? Well, enter Youtube Remote.
Youtube Remote is a Google-developed Android app available on Play Store, which allows you to connect your Android device (smartphone or tablet) to your desktop computer or Internet TV, allowing you to lean back and watch Youtube’s content from the comfort of your couch. This is quite convenient to me, for example, because I get to fire up the laptop, connect it to a projector and run the show from from a comfortable seat. But, even if you use only a computer screen, I am sure that you would still enjoy the experience quite a lot.
So, how do you set it up? It is simple.
1. First head to your desktop computer, or laptop, and open your web browser. I use Google Chrome, but you will know which suits you best.
2. Now go to the address www.youtube.com/leanback on your browser, and scroll down on the page until you find an icon in the shape of a gear wheel, to the left. Click on the icon and the “Sign In and Settings” page should open.
3. Select the first tab, “Sign In”, and write down the code that is given to you. Then go to www.youtube.com/activate, insert the code and press continue.
4. Next, download the Youtube Remote app to your Android device and launch the app. Tick the box, if you agree with the mobile terms of service, press “Done,” and then login with the Gmail account you use with Youtube. This should lead you to the Youtube Remote interface prompting you add a screen. A screen, here, would mean a desktop computer, laptop or an internet TV.
5. Open “leanback” on your computer browser once more, and (under “Sign In and Settings” – the gear wheel) choose the second tab, “Pair Device.” This should give you the pairing code that is requested on the Youtube Remote app.
5. Lastly, head back to the “Add Screen” page on the Youtube Remote app, type in the pairing code and give a name to the screen. I named mine Compaq, after the laptop I was connecting it to. Press the “Add Screen” button and you are done!
Now any video you select on the Youtube Remote app, should automatically begin playing on your computer, so long as you have the web browser launched and the ” leanback” page open.
Extra tip: If you use chrome, simply press the keyboard key F11 and your browser will go full screen. F11 again and it will exit the full screen.
So, did you already know about this? And what other options do you know for making the experience with Youtube more enjoyable?