Nintendo Switch Exploit Lets You Sort of Watch YouTube

A new exploit involving the Nintendo Switch’s browser applet allows users to access YouTube, albeit with some caveats.

Using the social media linking page in user settings, Switch owners are able to access YouTube videos. However, this only works through Facebook, as, even with a DNS trick or proxy, the console crashes when attempting to play a video on YouTube.

There’s no concrete info on why this is the case, but the most likely culprit is the console’s lack of support for the video codecs the desktop version of YouTube uses.

If you want to try this for yourself, follow these ten easy* steps at your own risk:

  1. Go to User Settings, then go to social media posting settings.
  2. Click the link to link your console to Facebook.
  3. Instead of signing in there, click on the Facebook logo to go to the normal sign-in page.
  4. Sign in.
  5. Once on your wall, find a YouTube video
  6. Don’t click the link to the video, this will bring you to YouTube, which the browser blocks
  7. Click the thumbnail to bring up an embed
  8. Keep pausing and unpausing the video until it begins to load using the Switch’s built-in media player
  9. If the console crashes, reboot and try again if you want. However, using this, it should work
  10. There you go! You’ve now wasted 15 minutes trying to watch a video you can watch in seconds on your phone.

*= Convoluted, only to do if you’re very desperate/want to check your Facebook on your expensive new console

This isn’t the only oddity with the Nintendo Switch’s built-in browser applet, as the console itself has already been exploited using the applet.

Matthew Sigler


Currently interning at Niche Gamer. I've been playing video games since I was three years old.

  • OSad

    Can you make the tablet render in portrait mode? Could be useful for browsing websites that way.

    Otherwise, I dunno. It’s a game console. Just use your phone or your PC for this stuff.

  • vonSanneck

    Some time before launch there was a leak about the SoC features and what it could do. Among them was the ability to process VP8 & VP9 compression, which is what YouTube uses.
    I am not too surprised by this news needless to say.

  • What a shit console.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I’m not really sure why you’d want to go through those hoops to do (sort of) something that’ll inevitably get proper support in like a couple of months but that’s just me.

  • Fenrir007

    I read “NINTENDO SWITCH EXPLOIT” and I was already reaching for my wallet. Tsch…

  • Dale Frewaldt

    You can also do this to access Google Translate in order to utilize nearly full web browsing.

  • scemar

    I want to sort of buy it but I’m waiting for when Nintendo let’s the save files be backed up

  • LostGryphon

    …Why isn’t that something it was just able to do from the get go?