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.

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.
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  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 on 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 on 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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Best YouTube Apps for Windows 10

If Google doesn’t provide a YouTube app for Windows 10, it is not the end of the world.

Minitube Youtube App

Minitube is one of the best YouTube apps for viewing YouTube videos on a desktop computer. It is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux (Debian and Ubuntu). It is a very small application that runs almost instantly on a Windows PC. It is free to use but does not provide automatic updates or support. You will receive lifetime support and automatic updates once you purchase the app.

Minitube YouTube app
Minitube YouTube app

Minitube has a very simple user interface consisting of three tabs: Search, Browse and Subscriptions. Using the Browse tab, you can browse YouTube using a specific country or worldwide. The browse and subscriptions tabs did not function correctly, but the search tab worked perfectly for me.

Once the application has been downloaded and installed, you will see a screen with three options: Use Demo, Enter License, and Buy License. You can use the app for free by selecting Use Demo.

Download Minitube

FreeTube

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FreeTube

FreeTube Player is one of the best desktop players for YouTube that is open source and free. The primary advantage of FreeTube is that it plays YouTube videos without advertisements and prevents Google from tracking your device.

FreeTube Player is extremely fast and can also be used to download YouTube videos for offline viewing. A mini-window mode is also available, which operates similarly to the Picture-in-Picture mode of a browser.

FreeTube’s only disadvantage is the quality of the videos. This application can only play or download video files up to 720p resolution.

FreeTube is available for MacOS, Windows and Linux.

Download FreeTube

Echoes Player

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ECHOES

Echoes Player is another free and open-source YouTube media player that focuses on privacy. It has a very sleek interface that enhances the user experience. Echoes Player blocks all YouTube advertisements, so you can watch your videos without distractions.

Echoes Player is available as a Google Chrome extension. You can install the extension in any of your Chromium based browsers including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi or Opera.

Echoes Player gives the user the option to create playlists easily and play videos and music without any interruption.

Install Echoes Player from Chrome Web Store

MotionBox

Motion Box
Motion Box

If you are looking for a video browser that can browse videos not only from YouTube but also from other video streaming services like Dailymotion, Vimeo, SoundCloud etc, MotionBox is the perfect fit.

MotionBox is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Download MotionBox

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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15 Comments

  1. Elvis Trujanovic says:

    This method doesn’t work anymore because of Appx encryption (EAppx). Can you bypass that file or if you have installed ANY VERSION of this YouTube UWP app, send us to download it – please. If you want to talk to me, contact me via email

    1. Sure, let me test it out and will let you know if it still works or we have to find another method to install the Youtube app on PC.

  2. I tried the method you’ve explained but like the other comments there is no Appx link, only EAppx. After running this link through windows powershell using Add-AppxPackage on the EAppx file, I get this error Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFD, A Prerequisite for an install could not be satisfied. Windows cannot install package GoogleInc.YouTube_1.4.156.70_x64__yfg5n0ztvskxp because this package is not compatible with the device. The package can only be installed on the following device families: Windows.Xbox – also, the version of the link I see now is different from yours – perhaps they have patched it now to not allow us to download it.

  3. I want to insall YouTube but I can’t

    1. Are you getting any error messages? Which method are you using to install Youtube on your computer?

      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).

  4. 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 .

  5. no sir ..he is right about EAPPX AND if we convert it to appx then it wont work

  6. Youtube fan says:

    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. Usman Khurshid says:

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

      1. Anandu Sajoo says:

        Well even i couldnt find an appx link. I was only able find the eappx file

      2. .appx not available can someone share youtube appx file ?

  7. Tiny Ogre says:

    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