How to Download YouTube Videos to Your iPhone or iPod touch
By Sam Costello. iPhone/iPod Expert
Sam Costello has been writing about technology since 2000. He has published articles with CNN.com, PC World, InfoWorld, and Computerworld, among others. For those magazines and websites, he covered digital copyright, the rise and fall of Napster, mobile devices, and computer and network security. He has written about PDAs, monitors, and printers for Samsung's consumer websites.
Author of My iPad for Kids (2012), published by Que Publishing.
What if you want to watch them over and over again—even when you're not connected to the Internet? (This is especially important on the iPod touch, since it only has a Wi-Fi connection, not an always-on cellular connection like the iPhone.)
In that case, you need a way to download YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPod. Luckily, there are a number of tools that make this a simple task.
Apps and Tools for Downloading YouTube Videos
There are a lot of ways to save YouTube videos. Some are websites, some programs that run on your computer, others apps that run directly on your iPhone.
While this list is not comprehensive, here are some of the tools that can help (I haven't reviewed any of them, so I can't say which is best; it's a good idea to read reviews before you buy the paid apps):
How to Download YouTube Videos
Choose a tool from the list above, or by searching for another option at the App Store or your favorite search engine
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Next, go to YouTube and find the video you want to download
The exact steps required to download the video will depend on what tool you're using. Different tools have different settings and steps. Follow the steps
for that tool. When you're saving a video, save it in MP4 format (some tools won't give you this choice, but instead just offer the option create a video for iPhone/iPod; that works, too).
When the video is done downloading, it will either be saved to your computer or in the app you used to create it on your iPhone. If you downloaded the video on an iPhone, skip to step 6. If you saved the video on a computer, drag the video into iTunes to add it to your iTunes library.
With the video now saved in iTunes, sync your iPhone with your computer. In the Movies tab of the iTunes syncing screen, check the box next to the video you just downloaded from YouTube. Click the Sync button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
With that, the YouTube video has been downloaded to your device just like any other video—and you can watch it whenever, and wherever, you want.
If you saved the video using an app, the video could be in more than one place. It may be saved directly in the app you used to download it. If so, you should be able to watch it there.
If it's not saved in the app, check the Videos app. In it, you'll see all the videos on your device, including the one you just added. Tap it to watch the video.
- Other iPods – Some older iPods can play video, but none of them can connect to the Internet or run iOS apps. If you want to watch video on those models, you'll need to use a web-based or desktop tool to download YouTube videos to your computer and then sync them to your iPod.