YouTube’s TV app now uses your phone as a second screen

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If you watch YouTube on your TV, chances are you’ll follow that video on your phone to leave a comment or drop a like. Now, however, you won’t have to go that far. The company is rolling out a feature that lets you use your Android phone or iPhone as a second screen for YouTube’s TV app. Tap “connect” in the mobile app and the video will be synced between the two devices – you can comment, donate, purchase or otherwise interact with a video playing on the big screen.

You will need to sign in to the same YouTube account on both devices. However, the second screen feature isn’t tied to specific TV platforms, so you shouldn’t have to worry about using the “wrong” media set or box.

The upgrade is a recognition that you often want to do more with a video than just watch it, and you probably have your phone in your hand while you’re sitting on the couch. About 88% of people use a phone or tablet when watching TV, according to Nielsen data. YouTube is relatively behind in this respect, but it’s still a worthwhile upgrade.

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