YouTube App Support Discontinued on Apple TV and iOS Devices

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Youtube on second-generation Apple TV

Today YouTube announced significant alterations to its YouTube Data API. As a result, many older apps on various devices will stop functioning. The YouTube channel will no longer function on the second-generation Apple TV or older, and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will require iOS 7 or later in order to run the YouTube app.

The result? After today users of the second-generation Apple TV will be unable to watch YouTube.  However, those with devices running iOS 6 or earlier will still be able to visit mobile YouTube via their device’s web browser.

YouTube is sharing the news via a discontinuation video.

If your device supports iOS 7 or above, you can download the YouTube app from the App Store. If not, visit m.youtube.com in your mobile browser to access YouTube.

If you’re using Apple TV 3rd generation, you can get the latest version of the YouTube app by updating your software:

  1. Select Settings > General > Update Software
  2. If there is an upgrade available, click Download and Install

If you’re using Apple TV 2nd generation or older, unfortunately there’s no current way to watch YouTube on these devices.

Currently users are still able to watch YouTube on older iOS devices and the second-generation Apple TV, but the discontinuation video above is always the first result. Access will likely be denied once YouTube has notified everyone regarding the upcoming API change.

Today’s API change affects several other older devices in addition to the Apple TV and iOS devices, including those running old versions of Google TV and many smart televisions and game consoles. The official YouTube app will only be available on most 2013 and newer Smart TVs, blu-ray players, game consoles, and other streaming devices.

Many other older devices have been affected by YouTube’s API change, including older Google TV devices as well as many smart TVs and game consoles. The YouTube app will soon be available only on most 2013 and newer devices.

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