How to watch YouTube on Cardboard viewers

The latest version of the YouTube app can play any video in virtual reality mode, on both Android smartphones and iPhones.

Just open up the app on your smartphone, and pull up any video.

Take, for example, this  Cirque du Soleil virtual reality video.

Cirque du Soleil 1 with arrow

Notice the little Cardboard outline at bottom right? It’s circled in the image above.

Hit play and then click on Cardboard icon to switch to VR mode.

Now you should see the side-by-side virtual reality view where you feel in the middle of the action.

Cirque du Soleil 2

Now put the smartphone into your Cardboard-compatible viewer and enter the video.

But what if you want to watch a regular video, one that wasn’t filmed in 360-degrees?

You can still watch it with your headset. It will feel a bit like you’re sitting in an extremely dark movie theater, watching the video on a giant movie screen.

Again, open the video on your smartphone.

Jimmy Fallon 1 with arrow

Start the video, then click on the three-dot settings button at the top right.

A menu will pop up.

Jimmy Fallon 3 with arrow

Click on the Cardboard icon.

Jimmy Fallon 2

Now the screen will switch to side-by-side view, and you can put the phone into your headset.

Want to find more 360-degree and VR videos? YouTube has a VR channel.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.