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Download and Install YouTube App On Windows 10

YouTube is one of the largest online video platform by Google used by billions across the globe. It allows you to upload and stream videos from wherever, as long as you have a good Internet connection. It can be accessed through any web browser on Windows 10.

Unlike Netflix, there is no official YouTube app for Windows 10 or Windows 11. Google was never interested in developing an app for Microsoft Store. Watching Youtube videos inside a UWP app has several advantages over watching inside a browser. The app can make use of Windows 10 advanced graphics and performance features to enhance video and audio quality.

Also check out How to Remove “Video Paused. Continue Watching?” Prompt on YouTube

Download and Install YouTube App on Windows 10 PC
Download and Install YouTube App on Windows 10 PC

There have recently been rumors that Google might be working on a dedicated application for Windows 10 recently, but it has not been confirmed, nor has Google made any comment on the matter. They had earlier also declined to make an app for Windows phones. Nonetheless, you can still get an app for YouTube on your Windows 10 PC with a neat trick.

We must inform you that the YouTube application installed will only be functional through the keyboard and cannot be controlled using a mouse. Having said that, it is still fully operational.

Let us continue to see how you can install YouTube application on your PC.

How to install YouTube app on Windows 10

Google did not specifically make an app to run on Windows 10. However, they did make one to run on Xbox, which is readily available to download on Microsoft app Store for Xbox. Since a portion of Xbox’s Operating System is a modified version of Windows 8, which has the same backbone as Windows 10, the YouTube app designed for Xbox can also run on any PC having Windows 10.

The installation is relatively easy and involves an additional step to download the application package through a third website. Follow the steps below to install the YouTube app on your Windows 10 computer.

  1. Open the YouTube link on Microsoft Store and copy the URL from the address bar. If prompted to log in, enter your Microsoft account credentials.
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  2. Open AdGuard website to download the YouTube application package. On the home page, paste the copied URL into the address box, select Retail from the drop-down menu beside it, and then click on the checkbox.
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  3. Now right-click the link ending with .appx for your respective Windows platform (32-bit or 64-bit), and then click Copy link address from the context menu.
    copy link add
  4. Now open a new tab/window in the web browser, paste the copied address, and press Enter. Your download should now begin.
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  5. Once downloaded, execute the package. The installation wizard will now run. Click on Install.
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  6. The installation should take about 30 seconds. The wizard will automatically close and the YouTube app will now launch if the “Launch when ready” box is initially checked.
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You can now enjoy the YouTube application on your Windows 10 computer without any hassle. As mentioned before, you will need to navigate through the app using only your keyboard, just as you would on an Xbox.

If you want to remove/delete the app, navigate to the following:

Start Menu -> Settings -> Apps

Now scroll down, click on the YouTube app, and then click Uninstall.

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How to install Youtube web app on Windows 10

We have already written about how you can create and install progressive web app for most sites including Youtube and Facebook. Modern browsers including Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome provide us with an option to automatically create a web app for Youtube.

Also check out how to Create Progressive Web App (PWA) of any website on Windows 10 (Including Youtube, Facebook)

Although web apps don’t provide as much flexibility as the actual UWP Windows 10 app, they are better than opening Youtube in a browser. They follow Youtube’s official web interface.

A Youtube progressive web app will have the same functionality as in Youtube for web but when you click on the Youtube icon on the Desktop, it will open Youtube web app directly without opening the browser first.

Youtube web app also supports picture in picture mode so you can easily keep the video on top of all other windows.

Let’s go through the process of creating a web app for Youtube on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome separately.

Install Youtube web app with Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser
  2. Open https://youtube.com
  3. Go to Edge Settings –> Apps –> Install YouTube
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This will create a Youtube shortcut on the Desktop. You can open Youtube directly by double-clicking the shortcut without opening the browser first.

You can also click on the Web app icon in the address bar to install Youtube app automatically. The web app icon will only appear on websites that support creating progressive web apps.

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Install Youtube app using Google Chrome

Google Chrome also supports creating an app for Youtube. Follow the steps below to install the Youtube app using Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser
  2. Open https://youtube.com
  3. Go to Chrome Settings –> Install Youtube
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This will create a Youtube shortcut on the Desktop. You can open Youtube directly by double-clicking the shortcut without opening the browser first.

You can also click on the Web app icon in the address bar to install Youtube app automatically. The web app icon will only appear on websites that support creating progressive web apps.

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Youtube app keyboard shortcuts

One of the advantages of Youtube app is that you can use your keyboard to control most of the aspects of Youtube. Here are some keyboard shortcuts that you can use to control the Youtube web app:

FunctionShortcut
Toggle play/pausek
Rewind 10 secondsj
Forward 10 secondsl
Previous videop
Next videon

Here is the complete list of Youtube keyboard shortcuts. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Minitube Youtube App

Minitube is one of the best Youtube apps for watching Youtube videos on Desktop. It is available for Windows as well as MacOS and Linux (Debian and Ubuntu). It’s a very light weight app and runs almost instantly on a Windows PC. It is free to use but without support and automatic updates. If you purchase the app, you will receive lifetime support and automatic updates functionality.

Minitube YouTube app
Minitube YouTube app

Minitube starts with a very simple interface with three main tabs: Search, Browse and Subscriptions. The browse tab lets you browse YouTube either worldwide or using a specific country. I was not able to make the Browse and Subscriptions tabs work correctly but the search tab works perfectly.

Once downloaded and installed, you will see the first screen where you will be given three options: Use Demo, Enter License and Buy License. If you want to use the app for free, select Use Demo and enjoy the app for free.

Download Minitube

Closing words

YouTube is a popular platform to share your candid and professional videos with the entire world. The YouTube application makes that experience pleasant with its better interface and controls. However, the application does not continue to play audio when it is minimized. Hence, it would not be possible to listen to music while the application runs in the background.

Will you be switching to the app version of YouTube or continue using it through a browser?

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10 Comments

      1. in fact the file that is available at least to me and almost everyone who commented is EAPPX, send me an email and I can attach it to you, if your scan showing APPX please send me an email that would be of great help (forgive some flaws in my English).

  1. Hello , sorry but the link the link ending with .appx don’t exist .
    i see .BlockMap or .eappx .

    i tried with eappx but does not work .

  2. Hello! Did you saved that APPX file of youtube app? Can you upload it somewhere? Now that website only gives EAPPX file which is encrypted and cant be opened or installed on windows.

    1. I have checked and can confirm that appx files are available for download. Please check it again.

  3. Sir, ad guard is and ad blocking application and after going to its site that is adguard.com ,where can we find out that address box? I tried my best to find that address box but can’t find it ; please suggest me its solution

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