How to pair YouTube on a mobile device to a TV without Chromecast

Google enables couch potatoes everywhere to keep doing their thing


I can be one lazy bag of bones sometimes. My roommates and I are in our apartment living room, and one of us gets the urge to listen to Joe Walsh singing "Life's Been Good" (hey, we may be college kids, but we do like the classics). My roommate's PlayStation 3 is already on, so I fire up my phone and beam the song to YouTube on the console. I don't even have to ask my roommate, who's sitting on the other couch, to hand me any controls or type anything in.

With the YouTube app, you can basically do what you can do with Google's inexpensive Chromecast. You can send videos right to your TV or other Internet-connected device, and the video will play. Unfortunately, I don't have a Chromecast at the moment, although I would like one. I'm sure many of you are in the same boat.

Luckily, it's not too hard to get YouTube set up to do its thing.

Have it pair automatically

With a Nexus 5 and a PS3, it's actually ridiculously easy to get YouTube linked up on both devices. The PS3 and some other devices will allow you to pair up with YouTube on Android basically automatically.

YouTube connect to device icon

When you first open up YouTube on your Android device, you should see something like what's above at the top of the screen. See the rectangle with what looks like a Wi-Fi symbol in one corner? Press that.

YouTube select device to connect to

When you press that, you'll see a list of devices you can hook up automatically. If the device you want to connect is there, huzzah! Select it and it'll hook up.

YouTube select video and play

Now all you have to do is search for a video you want to play and hit play. Now you're ready to rock!

Pair things up manually

In case you can't pair everything up automatically, you can still make YouTube work. It will require a little bit more work, though.

YouTube select settings menu

Take a look at those three dots stacked on top of each other to the right of the magnifying glass you use to search for videos near the top of the screen when you open the YouTube app. Select those dots and go to the settings menu.

YouTube settings menu

When you get to the settings menu, select "Connected TVs," then "Add a TV."

YouTube pair device instruction screen

Follow the directions given on the screen. Go to the YouTube app on your TV or console, go to settings, find "Pair device" option, and enter the pairing code on your Android device. Then you should be up and running!

I think Joe Walsh has it right. Life is good indeed, especially with this awesome technology.

  • It's a pain in the ass spend 35 bucks and get a chromecast Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or Galaxy S5
  • agreed. this is silly. a $35 Chromecast is more common/feasible/practical than an internet TV. it's like saying if you don't have a can opener to open that can of tuna fish, those of you with tanks can simply run it over to open it.
  • Maybe not that extreme.....
  • Well my problem is it disconnects frequently Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or Galaxy S5
  • But it's a cool party trick when you are visiting.... :)
  • Cool! But... Why would anyone not have a chromecast? I don't understand... Posted via Android Central App
  • Broke college student. If it's not food you don't buy it... Posted via Android Central App
  • Beer>technology>food>everything else! If you're that skint, where do you get the PlayStation and nexus 5? Posted via Android Central App
  • Mom and dad, maybe? I was wondering the same thing. As for the Chromecast, I don't have one because I don't have a spare port. My TV only has two and they're both occupied. :: edited for poor spelling ::
  • Hello? You can purchase a HDMI switcher. It's a box you can plug in as many as 5 HDMI devices and the output of this box goes to 1 of the ports on your TV. With it, I'm able to use my DVD player, my Roku and my chromecast. Go on eBay. You can get them for next to nothing Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks for the snark. I think you mean HDMI switcher. Splitters are different. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The PS3 is my roommate's. :P
  • No HDMI port on the old CRT. Until it finally hits the bricks... the Roku is just fine. Posted via Android Central App
  • Is this possible with XBMC?
  • I just don't feel like buying a chromecast, yet. That's all.
  • Twitch support, dude! 'nuff said
  • Use this on my PS3 pretty frequently instead of the clunky controller. This also comes in handy when using the PS3 Netflix app.
  • Found this out this weekend Posted via Android Central App
  • I love Chromecast more than my girlfriend most of the time. it exceeds my expectations and is very inexpensive... They are like polar opposites. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Pair never sticks on my Xbox One. The next time around, it will just reset.
  • Also works great on a Samsung TV Posted via Android Central App
  • I connect YouTube to my Xbox One, but. I still plan on getting the Chromecast. Posted with my Nexus 7 2012 or Moto X via the Android Central App
  • It's an easy purchase Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or Galaxy S5
  • Wow, I just can't apprehend the fact you want a chromecast but don't have one. There some channels that sell them for less than the Google's $35. I think if you ask Google kindly they'll give you one. Plus the fact that your job is writing for a tech blog just make it a crime.
  • So instead of getting a $35 Chromecast, let's get around that by using this $300 Playstation 3.
  • Lol basically Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or Galaxy S5
  • The PS3 is my roommate's. I would love to get a Chromecast for my birthday, though! ;)
  • And you never bought or rented a game for your roommates PS3? That cost money. Well over the $35 price tag of a chromecast. But hey, i don't know your story. I have to agree with another comment I read here. It is sad you don't own one to be a tech blogger. I have 4. I dig 'em Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't think anyone is saying run out and buy a ps3 instead of a chromecast, there are probably just a lot more people who already have a perfectly capable YouTube streaming device that they were unaware of. Say, people who like myself bought a 360 or ps3 before Android devices were even a thing. And it's as complicated as pairing a bluetooth device, it uses the same basic principles.
  • This is useful but I definitely feel like everyone should go out and splurge on a Chromecast anyway. They deliver so much value for the money. Posted via Android Central App
  • Anyone is able to shuffle a YouTube playlist on the Chromecast? I was able to do it before but now, nadaaa... Posted via Android Central App
  • Does this work for the Xbox 360?
  • Yes it does with the Youtube app installed on the 360
  • Who needs chromecast, any number of smart TV's by multiple manufacturers can handle what a chromecast does and more. Just by installing allcast and media server pro on your phone or tablet your outperforming a chromecast push or pull the choice is yours for me it's which is closer to hand (we wouldn't want to do to much strenuous exercise).
  • Whats the point? if I already have the youtube app on my console there is no point to set up the phone to the console to watch the same youtube? am I reading it wrong cause is sounds like phone-->console-->tv? when the console already has youtube????
  • To all the "men" on here being sarcastic tools, to people about their finanances... grow up! Grow into your set, and stop acting like catty bitches!