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Google launches official Apple Watch companion app for YouTube Music

Youtube Music Apple Watch App
Youtube Music Apple Watch App (Image credit: AppleInsider)

What you need to know

  • Google has launched the YouTube Music Apple Watch app.
  • It is a companion app to the iPhone app that will allow users to control playback and more.
  • It does not support offline playback or direct streaming.

Reported by AppleInsider, Google has released an official companion Apple Watch app for the YouTube Music (opens in new tab) app.

The app will allow YouTube Music subscribers to control playback of the YouTube Music (opens in new tab) app on their iPhone right from their wrist. In addition to controlling playback, you will also be able to add songs to your library and stream to other devices using Chromecast.

The app, which requires watchOS 6 and an Apple Watch Series 3 or later to run, will allow users to stream tracks from YouTube Music on their wrists. Like other streaming platforms on watchOS, the YouTube Music app is basically a remote for the full app on an iPhone. It allows users to perform basic functionality like control playback and browse their libraries.

The new Apple Watch app support complications, so you'll now be able to add YouTube Music to your watch faces. The app does not, however, support downloading songs directly to the watch or to stream directly to the watch.

It also comes with a complication that Apple Watch users can add to their watch faces, though not all faces support it, and a shortcut that lets users cast a song from a smartphone to a speaker. There are some limitations, including the fact that the app doesn't currently support offline playback on the Apple Watch.

You can download the new YouTube Music (opens in new tab) app from the App Store for free.

Joe Wituschek
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.