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How to Record on YouTube TV (Live Shows, Events & More)

There's nothing worse than looking forward to watching your favorite show on YouTube TV, only to find you've missed it. Fortunately, it only takes a few simple steps, and you can record and watch your shows whenever you want! 
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To record on YouTube TV: Log in to your account > Select the event or show you want > Tap the (+) icon > Your show is now added to your DVR library.

To record a live show on YouTube TV: Log in to your account > Click the Live tab > Select the show you want to > Pause the show > Tap the (+) icon > You are now recording a live show.

To record a sporting event on YouTube TV: Log in to your account > Select the team, event, or league you want > Tap the (+) icon > Choose what you want to record.

While no doubt watching your favorite sitcoms on an easy-to-navigate platform like YouTube TV is great, but what happens when your show is on and you’re busy? YouTube TV’s got you covered! The platform lets you record your favorite content onto a DVR so you can watch it at any time. It only takes a few easy steps, and you can record every episode, game, event, and even live TV, so you don’t miss a minute of the action.

How To Record a Show on YouTube TV?

Step #1: Log in to your YouTube TV account

Step #2: Click the Magnifying glass to search for your favorite show

Step #3: Select the show you want

Step #4: Tap the (+) icon next to the shows name

Step #5: That’s it! Your program is now in your DVR library

How To Record a Live Program on YouTube TV?

Step #1: Log in to your YouTube TV account

Step #2: Select a program that is in progress

Step #3: Pause the show

Step #4: Tap the (+) icon

Step #5: That’s it! You’re now recording a live program

Note – When you begin recording a live show YouTube TV only records from when you add the program. If a rerun airs, it will record the entire episode, replacing the partial recording.

How To Record Live Sporting Events on YouTube TV?

Step #1: Log in to your YouTube TV account

Step #2: Click the Magnifying glass

Step #3: Input a sporting event, league, or team

Step #4: Select the event you want to record

Step #5: That’s it! YouTube TV will record the selected events

Note – When you choose a team or league, YouTube TV will automatically record all future games associated with your choice. You can record one or multiple teams at a time. Additionally, if you are watching a sporting event, you can choose to record all future games from the league or team by pressing pause, tapping the (+) icon, then choosing which option you want to record.

How To Watch Recorded Content On YouTube TV?

Once you’ve recorded your favorite programs, it’s time to go back and watch them. All recordings are stored in your Library, which appears at the top of the app. YouTube TV automatically stores your content into categories, making it easy to find the shows you want to watch.

Step #1: Log in to your YouTube TV account

Step #2: Select Library

Step #3: Scroll down and choose a category (categories include most watched, new in your library, purchased, scheduled, events, shows, sports, and movies.

Step #4: Click the episode, program, or event you want to watch

Step #5: Tap the program or select Watch Now

Note – If an episode of a program doesn’t appear in your scheduled category, there wasn’t a new episode for YouTube TV to record.

How To Stop Recording Content on YouTube TV?

Once you no longer want to record a show or event, you can delete it at any time.

Step #1: Log in to your YouTube TV account

Step #2: Select Library

Step #3: Choose the recording you wish to delete

Step #4: Click the checkmark icon on the top left corner

Step #5: That’s it! You’ve now deleted the show from your record list

Note – Once you stop recording all future episodes, the content you’ve already recorded will remain in your DVR library for nine months after the initial recording.

What is YouTube TV?

We all know YouTube as one of the world’s largest video-sharing sites for creators and influencers, but did you know the platform offers so much more? Taking a page from streaming companies like Netflix and Hulu, YouTube launched YouTube TV in 2017, hoping to capitalize on the popular market. With over 6.3 million subscribers, it’s quickly becoming a favorite option among those seeking a more flexible viewing experience.

What Does YouTube TV Offer?

YouTube TV makes sure you never miss a moment of your favorite shows by streaming live content, as well as local news, sports, and network stations from HGTV, CBS, TNT, NBC, FOX, and much more! Viewers can access the same shows as cable TV in over 98% of households nationwide. Ensuring you can watch what you want when you want.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Storage Does the YouTube TV DVR Have?

The YouTube TV DVR offers unlimited storage for all your shows, events, movies, and more!

Can I Access My Recordings on Other Devices?

Yes, you can access your DVR recordings from a tablet, smartphone, or any TV that is connected to the internet.

Who Can Watch My Recorded Content on YouTube TV?

Any friend or family member (up to five users) who is connected to your account has access to your recorded content.


YouTube TV makes it easier than ever to enjoy your favorite shows, movies, and sporting events, thanks to unlimited DVR recording. It only takes a few steps, and you can record and watch all current and future episodes, ensuring you never miss another moment of your favorite content again!

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