Youtube TV Not Working On Nvidia Shield: How To Fix [2023]

Having a lineage in gaming, the Nvidia Shield is a banger of a gaming console that also doubles as an entertainment machine. But what will you do if Youtube TV fails on it?

Being a Shield TV Pro user myself, I have had and fixed my fair share of issues on the device.

And issues with apps on Shield TV are common. Youtube TV not working on Shield TV is another cog in the wheel.

If Youtube TV is not working on Nvidia Shield, log out of your account from the app and log back in after uninstalling and reinstalling the app. Check and update the app and the device. If these don't work, factory reset your Shield TV.

Check out this troubleshooting guide if Youtube TV is not working on your Shield TV.

Log Out of Youtube TV on Nvidia Shield

Log Out of Youtube TV

Account authentication issues have always been prevalent with media apps, and Youtube TV is no exception.

Since Nvidia came out with the Android 11 update for the Shield TV, Youtube TV and a few other Streaming apps have undergone a similar problem.

And one of the fixes that could fix such transient issues is to refresh your login status on the app.

Logging out of your account and logging back in is an efficacious fix for Youtive TV failing on your Shield TV.

Here's how to do so:

1. Open the Youtube TV app from the Homescreen.

2. Click open the Left side menu.

3. Select your Account icon.

4. Scroll down and Sign Out of the account.

Sign back into your account after giving the Shield TV a much-need reboot. More about this later!

Clear the Youtube TV Cache Memory on Nvidia Shield

Clear the Youtube TV Cache Memory

If you have issues with an app, especially if you can't get it to work, for the most part, the culprit is the Cache memory.

As a matter of fact, it's, indeed, the Cache memory that's at fault, among other aspects, that triggers HBO MAX issues on Shield TV.

Cache memory plays host to the many bugs and errors waiting to disrupt the optimal working of the device.

Hence, it is imperative to check and refresh the Cache memory of the associated app when in doubt.

Once you refresh the Cache memory of an app, all the cookies and recurring data get deleted, along with the many bugs and errors infesting the app.

Here's how to refresh the Cache memory of Youtube TV on Shield TV:

1. Open the Settings tab on Shield TV.

2. Select Apps.

3. Click on See all Apps.

4. Locate and open Youtube TV.

5. Click on Clear Cache to initiate a cache reset.

Restart the Shield TV and check for the issue now.

You can also refresh the Cache mem by uninstalling the associated app. Do so by selecting Uninstall from the settings tab of the Youtube TV app.

Execute the Mobile Cast Hotfix for Youtube TV on Nvidia Shield

Mobile Cast Hotfix for Youtube TV

As mentioned earlier, account authentication has taken a hit in recent times on Shield TV after the infamous Android 11 update.

And a popular yet effective fix among the digital nomads promulgating Nvidia Shield fixes is to remove the app from the Shield TV and execute a mobile cast of the app onto the device.

How it works or what actually fixes the issue on Shield TV eludes this humble writer, but it works somehow!

Here's how it goes:

1. First, delete/uninstall the Youtube TV app from your Nvidia Shield (Settings> Apps> Youtube TV> Uninstall).

2. Clear your Shield TV's Cache Memory.

3. Next, open the Youtube TV app on your Smart device and log into your account.

4. Tap on the Cast icon from the top of your screen and select Shield TV. Select the content you would like to cast.

Ensure both Shield TV and the Smart device are connected to the same network.

5. Confirm the connection by acknowledging the cast prompt on the Shield TV. You'll be prompted to install the Youtube TV app now.

6. Upon successfully pairing, Youtube TV should boot up with its accompanying chime.

7. Close the Cast on Shield TV.

8. Restart the Shield TV.

9. Open the Youtube TV app on the Shield TV.

10. Sign in to your account.

11. Check for the issue now.

If you didn't successfully get Youtube TV to work with your current account, try switching the account to a new one or an alternative one.

Reboot Nvidia Shield TV

Reboot Nvidia Shield TV

On the obverse side of the coin, let's now look at the Shield TV.

Obviously, the entire fault cannot lie with the app alone. At times, the Shield TV itself can be at fault.

Whether from an errant update or due to acquired defects from long hours of continuous running, the Shield TV can get fuzzy.

Be that as it may, one of the most effective fixes to resolve temporal issues resulting from bugs and errors is to refresh the device.

And the preferred mode of system refresh pertaining to issues such as the one at hand is to power cycle the Shield TV.

In doing so, you not only get your device rebooted but also get to deplete all the pent-up charges from the device.

Follow these steps to do so:

1. Unplug the power supply from the Shield TV.

2. Leave it to rest for a few seconds.

3. Press and hold the Power button for a couple of seconds. Perform this step a couple of times.

4. Plug back in the power supply and power ON the device.

Open the Youtube app and check for the issue now.

Power cycling the device is also a known fix for the Hulu not working on Shield TV issue.

Check for Network Issues

Check for Network Issues

Now then, let's take a look at the network.

Youtube TV, unlike the Youtube app, does warrant a fair bit of bandwidth to run smoothly.

Here's how much it takes for Youtube TV to work on the Shield TV in terms of data speeds:

ResolutionMinimum Data Speed
4K (requires premium subscription)25 Mbps+
HD (multiple devices)13 Mbps+
HD (single video at a time)7 Mbps+
SD3 Mbps+
Data speeds for Youtube TV

And so, Youtube TV requires a bare minimum network speed of 3 Mbps to stream content in SD quality.

Anything below the 3 Mbps mark will render the output laggy and out of sync with frequent buffering intervals.

If that's the case with video reception on your Shield TV, best if you check the status of the network.

Do so by running a speed test on your network.

You can access a speed testing application from the application store on your Shield TV or through the browser.

Popular apps include speedtest.net and fast.com.

Once the test is complete, you are presented with the status of the various networking parameters like network speeds, latency, and signal strength.

If you find a disparity in any of these parameters, or if you experience internet issues on your Shield TV, try these fixes:

Power Cycle the Router/Modem

Power Cycle the Router/Modem

As with how we refreshed the Shield TV, if the network seems awry, try power cycling the Router/modem.

With time, networking devices will acquire temporal issues that inhibit the optimal working of the device.

For the most part, restarting the device will refresh the system internals and restore the balance.

Here's how to do so:

1. Unplug the Router/modem from the power supply.

2. Leave it to rest for a few seconds.

3. Press and hold the power button for a couple of secs. Repeat this step a few times.

4. Plug back in the power supply and turn ON the device.

Run the speed test once again on the network. If everything seems normal, pair back the Shield TV to the network and run Youtube TV.

Switch the Network Band on Nvidia Shield

If and when you notice a disparity in networking parameters, specifically with speed, latency, and signal strength, you can always switch the bands on your Shield TV to alter the connection status.

Nvidia Shield devices support both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. And both bands come with their own distinct merits.

The 2.4 GHz band has been around for quite some while,m and it excels in giving a better range than the 5 GHz alternative.

Although, the 5 GHz band makes up for this loss as it is more stable and can accommodate much larger traffic than the 2.4 GHz band with exceptional latency characteristics.

And so, if the signal strength is the issue on your Shield TV, switch the connection to the 2.4 GHz band. If latency is at fault, try the 5 GHz band.

Here's how to change the network on your Shield TV:

1. Open the Settings tab on Shield TV.

2. Select Network & Internet.

3. Click on the WiFi tile.

4. Select the network band you would like to switch to.

5. Enter the login credentials.

Check for the issue now.

You could also forgo wireless connections and side with a wired connection. Shield TVs come with an Ethernet port for this very purpose.

Wired connections outvie wireless connections with their impressively stable networking characteristics.

Check and Update Nvidia Shield and Youtube TV App

Update Nvidia Shield and Youtube TV App

Outdated firmware can give rise to a lot of issues on Shield TV. Apps being unresponsive or casting issues are some of the more common issues.

But issues can also arise as a result of an errant update. But that doesn't mean every update is a bad bet.

Nvidia Devs are always on the lookout for issues with their devices.

And when the Devs come across a legitimate inconvenience put forward by users, they will eventually come out with a fix encapsulated in a patch update.

The same goes for Youtube as well.

And so, it is of the essence to routinely check and update the Shield TV firmware and the apps.

Here's how to check and update the Shield TV firmware:

1. Open the Settings tab on your Shield TV.

2. Click open Device Preferences.

3. Select About.

4. Click on the System Upgrade option to check and update the device firmware.

To update the Youtube TV app on your Shield TV, follow these steps:

1. Open the Play Store on your Shield TV.

2. Search for the Youtbe TV app.

3. Click on Update.

Restart the device after updating. Check for the issue now.

Factory Reset Nvidia Shield

Factory Reset Nvidia Shield

The ultimate fix for most issues on Shield TV is factory resetting it.

In doing so, the device reverts to its factory defaults. This includes a complete wipe-out of all user preferences and downloaded content.

Gone, too, are all the apps that you have installed on the device.

Bugs and errors that may have made their home on your device, too, get wiped out.

And so, a factory reset essentially grants you a clean slate to start over again.

Here's how to factory reset the Shield TV:

1. Open the Settings tab on your Shield TV.

2. Select Device Preferences.

3. Scroll down and select Reset.

4. Choose Factory Data Reset.

5. Finally, select Reset Everything.

Wait for the device to complete the reset. Configure the Shield TV like new and download the Youtube TV app. Check for the issue now.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it, a comprehensive guide to fixing Youtube TV not working on Nvidia Shield.

You may also want to check and enable various permission like location services and microphone access for Youtube to work completely unhinged.

If you have any further queries about this issue, feel free to contact the customer services of Nivcia or Youtube for further assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is YouTube TV available on Nvidia Shield?

Yes, Youtube TV is available for download on Nvidia Shield. You can download the app from the play store app.

What streaming service can replace YouTube TV?

Some of the best alternatives for Youtube TV on Shield TV are:

  1. Hulu (Live TV)
  2. Sling TV
  3. PLEX
  4. Tablo TV

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