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What is the difference between YouTube and the new YouTube for TV app?

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The new YouTube for TV works just like the YouTube® app except that it has a new user interface for 3D menu, closed captions (CC) or subtitles, and setup for mirroring a mobile device with the TV.

The new YouTube for TV app was added as a separate application from the standard YouTube app for the convenience of customers who are accustomed to the original YouTube user interface. As a result, you may see two YouTube icons on your TV.


  • The YouTube app must be installed on the mobile device to use the mirroring feature.
  • The new YouTube for TV app is the YouTube Leanback app found on some older televisions.
  • Consult the Help section of YouTube for more information about the functions of the new YouTube for TV app.