How to watch live YouTube streams on an Amazon Echo Show

Youtube streaming on Echo Show 5
Youtube streaming on Echo Show 5 (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

Have you ever wanted to watch your favorite YouTube channel on your Echo Show device? Perhaps you want to have a music live stream playing in the background, or maybe you're following the latest political drama on C-SPAN. You may have heard conflicting and confusing information on whether or not you could even get YouTube on an Echo Show device. While there's no official way to do it, there's an easy workaround.

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How to watch YouTube on an Amazon Echo Show

There's indeed no official YouTube support from Google for the Amazon Echo Show devices in the form of a YouTube app or skill. However, the "workaround" to watching YouTube on your Echo Show (live or not), is so easy, you probably won't know or care about the difference. I'll explain.

  1. Make sure your Echo Show device is plugged in, set up, and turned on.
  2. Ask Alexa to "open YouTube."
  3. If it's your first time making this request, Alexa will ask you to choose to open YouTube in either Amazon's Silk browser or Mozilla's Firefox browser. Select a browser.
  4. Alexa will open up YouTube directly in the browser you chose.

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  1. From here, you can login to your YouTube account to access all of your favorite channels and live streams, or you can watch without being logged in.

See that? So easy. Now you can actively binge-watch your favorite gaming streamer, or zone out to the news. Or, my personal favorite, have the "study girl" from ChilledCow's lofi hip hop radio bumping in the background while you write articles all day. No? Just me?

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Chances are you already have an Echo Show device, but if you don't, grab the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen). You'll thank me later.

The Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) has the same HD screen as the larger second-generation Show but takes up less counter space. It's the perfect device to monitor and control your smart home, follow Food Network recipes, or video chat with grandma.

Additional Equipment

If you want to get an even better look at that live stream, consider picking up a stand for your Echo Show 8.

Amazon Echo Show 8 Adjustable Stand

Amazon Echo Show 8 Adjustable Stand (Image credit: Amazon)

Echo 8 Adjustable Stand ($25 at Amazon)

This first-party stand by Amazon attaches magnetically to the Echo Show 8 and allows you to easily adjust the viewing angles for a better Echo experience.

Jeramy Johnson

Jeramy was the Editor-in-Chief of Android Central. He is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand.