Since Google hasn’t actually blocked the use of the old YouTube app on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television, this guide shows you how to install the old app so that you don’t need to use the Silk Browser or Firefox to access YouTube.
There is still a good chance that Google will do something to block the original YouTube app from working, but as of now, it is still working.
- Turn off Automatic Updates for apps on your Fire TV device by going to:
Settings > Applications > Appstore
- If it’s installed, uninstall the main YouTube app by going to:
Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > YouTube > Uninstall
- Enable the “Apps from Unknown Sources” option by going to:
Settings > Device > Developer options
- Install and launch the Downloader app from the Amazon Appstore.
- Enter the following URL into the Downloader app and press Go:
- Move the cursor over the download button and click to download the older YouTube app. The app is tiny, so don’t be surprised if the download progress popup quickly appears and disappears.
- Select the Install button in the lower right corner when it appears. If you don’t see this screen after downloading the old YouTube app, it’s likely because you have not properly enabled Apps from Unknown Sources.
- You can now open and use the older YouTube app as long as Google doesn’t do anything to further block its access. You’ll likely still see the message telling you the app will be disabled at some point, but for now all functionality of the app should still work.