YouTube TV family sharing not working? Fix it in 2 steps

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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  • With YouTube TV, you can invite up to 6 family members or friends to join a family group.
  • There are certain requirements, though, and when these are not met, YouTube TV will fail at login.
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Similar to other video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, YouTube TV subscribers can share their accounts with family members and/or friends.

One YouTube TV membership covers up to 6 accounts, the main account (Family Manager) included. Each member can have their own login account, DVR space, and simultaneous streaming on up to 3 devices.

Issues can nevertheless occur when family members try to join the group and we’re going to discuss here how to fix this.


How do I share YouTube TV with my family?

Family members account prerequisites

  • Age 13 or older and have a Google Account
  • Live in the same household as the family manager
  • Live in the same house/country/region as the family manager
  • Not be part of another family group

When inventing family members or friends to join your YouTube TV account, make sure they meet these requirements.

Having said these, users have reported two situations when they could not join the family account, as the YouTube TV app kept directing to payment details or suddenly signed them out.


1. Check location details

Being part of a family account implies that members live in the same household so that they can share the same location details.

When this is not the case, to continue streaming YouTube TV you have to bring the device to the home network where the Family Manager lives and connect to that network at least once, so that the app inherits the location details.

Even so, the app will work for some time, after which it is possible that it signs you out again.


2. Sign out of any other Google family groupjoin youtube tv family group

When you are trying to join the family group, make sure that you are not already part of another family group; perhaps an older group or a group related to a brand account, with the same Google account.


To sum up, if you’re having some trouble with the YouTube TV family sharing option, make sure you meet the account sharing requirements.

If you’ve encountered another situation, please let us know in the comments section below.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • In your YouTube TV account, you can find a Family sharing option in  SettingsYou will have to create a family group here and invite family members to join.

  • Six family members can watch YouTube TV simultaneously, the Family Manager included.

  • You can share your subscription with up to five other people. But since the sharing option implies that the group members live in the same household, it is possible that your friends get signed out periodically. To avoid this, explore this useful VPN guide.

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