Good news: YouTube allows you to share your YouTube TV account with up to six family members across various locations. However, there’s a catch.
YouTube expects account sharing within the same household or with family members residing together. If any of your family members live outside your ZIP code or state, they’ll be cut off after three months. No need to stress, though. I’m here to provide a straightforward guide on how to navigate YouTube TV’s Family Sharing across different locations without the need to constantly check in at home.
What is YouTube TV?
If you’re unfamiliar, YouTube TV is a streaming service that offers live TV from over 100 major networks, including powerhouses like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, CNN, NFL, and many more.
With the YouTube TV Family Sharing feature, you can share your subscription with up to six other family members, regardless of whether they live in different states or locations. You can enjoy YouTube TV on a variety of devices: from Smart TVs and mobile devices to computers and even gaming consoles.
Already subscribed to YouTube TV? Great! You just need to add family members to your YTTV Family Sharing group.
Limitations of YouTube TV Account Sharing
- All participants must be 13 years or older.
- Every member must have their own Google account.
- Although you can watch from different places, YouTube TV occasionally requires “home area” check-ins. In other words, family members need to occasionally access YouTube TV from the home location to maintain their remote access.
YouTube TV Family Sharing Different Locations
- Go to YouTube TV
- Click on your Profile Picture and then select “Settings.”
- In the left panel, choose “Family Sharing.”
- Click the “Manage” button.
- To add family members to your YouTube TV, click on the “+” symbol or the “Invite family member” icon.
- Input the email addresses (up to six) of the family members you want to invite.
- After entering the correct email IDs, click the “Send” button.
- Once your family members accept the invitation, they’ll be able to use YouTube TV from different locations.
Fix YouTube TV Family Sharing Not Working
Using the method above, your family can enjoy TV channels anywhere in the US for up to three months. But what happens after that? If they don’t check in at the home location, they’ll lose access. Here’s a workaround:
Share the Gmail ID & password with a trustworthy individual residing at the home address linked to the YouTube TV subscription. This person needs to log in using the shared credentials and run the YouTube TV app once. After confirming it works, they can log out. The family member should then check from their remote location to ensure everything’s smooth.
Remember: Repeat this process every three months to retain uninterrupted access.
Does YouTube TV Support VPNs?
Absolutely. As of now, YouTube TV is available only in the United States. So if you’re traveling abroad and want to keep up with your favorite shows, you’ll need a VPN. I highly recommend NordVPN, a reliable option available on the App Store. I’ve been using it for six months without any hitches. It ensures fast streaming speeds, letting you enjoy your content without any buffering issues.
Sharing a YouTube TV subscription with family, even across different states, is a smart way to get more bang for your buck. Should you face any challenges, YouTube TV’s support team is always there to help.