How to Install the YouTube Gaming App for Android Outside of US and UK

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I just wanted to watch a live YouTube Gaming stream on my phone today, but was greeted by the following message:

YouTube Gaming isn't available in your country yet, but you can still find gaming videos and live streams on YouTube.Unfortunately, Google only allows devices in the UK and US to install the new YouTube Gaming app directly from the Google Play app store. I’m in Norway … *sad face*

Luckily, I found that it’s possible to install the YouTube Gaming app manually if you really want to try it out ahead of official release in your country. No jailbreaking or anything like that is necessary. You just need the APK file for the app.

What on earth is an APK? An APK is basically like a ZIP file, which contains all the files necessary to install an app on Android.

I downloaded the latest APK from apkmirror.com and installed it without any hitch. I recommend only getting your APK files from apkmirror.com, as other sources could be bad.

If the latest version doesn’t work for you, I heard that the first official version 1.0.0.8 works for most people. Note that your device has to be on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or later.

You may also need to enable third party app installs on your phone to be able to install the APK, if you haven’t already done so earlier.

Here’s a quick how-to for enabling third party APKs / manual installs of APKs on Android version 4.x:

  1. Open “Settings”
  2. Go to “Security”
  3. Scroll down and tick off “Unknown sources”
  4. Press “OK” when a warning message appears