After what felt like an eternity, YouTube is at long last on Nintendo Switch and despite the negative actions such a thing can have, it is pretty sweet to be able to watch our favourite videos and listen to music, but is that all we can do? No, it’s not and in this guide, we’re going to cover what you can do, can’t do and control tips! Let’s do this!


Things you Can do with YouTube on Nintendo Switch:


  • You can sync up to your to your preferred YouTube account. Heck, you can sync up to multiple accounts!
  • Use button and touch-screen controls.
  • Not only can you check out videos that are recommended for you, but you can:
    1. Check out your own videos
    2. Check out trending videos.
    3. Search for videos with the search bar.
    4. Check out your subscriptions.
  • Access settings via the toolbar on the left-hand side and change things like:
    1. Turn on or turn off Autoplay
    2. Link with TV code
    3. Enable and disable app sounds
    4. Enable and disable Restricted Mode
    5. Increase and decrease Contract
    6. Consult linked devices
    7. Change Language
    8. Change Location
    9. Clear Watch History
    10. Clear Search History
    11. Reset app
    12. Improve YouTube
  • There are also things you can do, whilst on a video press on the more tab to be able to bring up additional options that will let you:
    1. Jump to the channel of whoever uploaded the video you’re watching
    2. Adjust video quality (For example: Auto, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p & 240p)



YouTube Switch controls

Things you Can’t do with YouTube on Nintendo Switch:


  • You can not comment on a video you like.
  • You can not share the video to social media, like Facebook and Twitter
  • You can’t moan about its general performance, since the app works pretty flawless, even on a poor internet connection.



YouTube on Switch

Button Control inputs that can help Maximise your Time with using YouTube on Nintendo Switch:


  • R = Next Video
  • L = Previous Video
  • ZR (hold) = Fast forward
  • ZL (hold) = Rewind
  • -/+/A = Pause & Play (Can also be used to confirm video selection when not watching a video)
  • B = Back
  • X = Search
  • Left analog stick/D-pad buttons = Navigation



Personally speaking, I wouldn’t say the Switch version of the YouTube app is better than the one we have on smartphones, but the performance is actually pretty great compared to other Nintendo platforms that have supported YouTube. It also features an interface that is identical to the YouTube app on other consoles, so you won’t have to worry too much about having to adjust.



But hey, we hope you found this guide helpful!

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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