Because YouTube uses so much data, saving YouTube videos to your iPhone is a good idea. But watching YouTube offline is tricky business.
If you don’t mind paying, you can subscribe to YouTube Premium to watch ad-free and download videos for offline viewing. But it still requires you to watch the videos in the YouTube app.
What if you wanted to record YouTube videos and watch them in your iPhone Camera Roll? We’ll show you how, and it doesn’t require a jailbreak or anything shady.
How to Download YouTube Videos to iPhone Camera Roll
Unfortunately, all of the iPhone apps on the App Store that let you download YouTube videos directly don’t last long. You should avoid using any of them because Apple will remove them before long. Check out our discussion on whether it’s legal to download YouTube videos for more information on this.
Fortunately, downloading YouTube videos to your iPhone is still quite easy. It just requires a little browser workaround.
First, install the free app Documents by Readdle. It is a file manager with a built-in web browser, which makes it convenient to download YouTube videos and transfer them to Camera Roll folder.
Then go to the YouTube video you want to download. To do this, you can use the official YouTube app; just open the video, tap To share, Then choose Copy link.
After the link is copied, go to the Documents app. You’ll likely have to go through a brief intro the first time you use it and can skip the offer to upgrade to the premium version of the app.
Once in Documents, press the button Safari in the lower right corner to open the app’s built-in browser. Then go to a website that can download YouTube videos, such as YT1. These sites can come and go, so search Google for a similar site if that page stops working.
Save YouTube video to your iPhone
On the download site, tap inside the Find or paste the YouTube link here field, then choose Dough to add the link to your YouTube video. Press the Convert button to start.
After a while, the site will generate download links for your video. Press the MP4 video drop-down menu to review the available options and their sizes. In our example, the 1080p the video speaks 95 MB, while the 480p version is only 20 MB. You will also see a MP3 heading if you want to download audio only.
Faucet Get the link when you are satisfied, press To download once it’s ready. This will bring up a Documents window with saving preferences.
If you wish, change the name to something shorter or more descriptive. The default save location for My files / downloads is fine, unless you want to move it somewhere else. And you can uncheck the Ask me every time slider if you want to automatically save future downloads to the same folder.
Faucet Ended to download the YouTube video to your iPhone. If you want to check its progress, press the Downloads in the lower toolbar of the Documents application.
Move YouTube video to your Camera Roll
Now you just need to move the downloaded video to Camera Roll folder. The Documents application also makes this task easier.
Press the Case in the lower left corner of the application to exit the web browser and return to the file manager. Then open your Downloads folder, which should appear under the My folders title.
press the Ellipse under the file you just downloaded, then choose Move. On the To move to page, you should see a Pictures folder under My folders. Faucet Pictures to verify it. Due to the privacy features of modern versions of iOS, you will be prompted to allow access to Documents to access your photos. Faucet Allow access to all photos for it to work properly.
When this is done, press the Move button at the top right to complete the process.
You have now successfully downloaded a YouTube video to your Camera Roll. To view it, open the Pictures application on your phone. Your new video will appear in the Recent folder on the Albums tab, as well as the Videos option under Media types basically. This will also be the most recent article under Library> All photos.
If you want, you can also open the video in the Documents app for additional options.
Other Ways to Save YouTube Videos to Your iPhone
We covered the Camera Roll method above because there are many people who want to save YouTube videos directly to this folder. But that’s not the only way to download YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPad.
As we mentioned earlier, YouTube Premium has several advantages. One of the most important is that you can download offline videos to watch them anytime. If you regularly watch offline videos on your iPhone, the monthly cost is well worth it for convenience. Plus, this is an official method, so you don’t risk any rule-breaking activity.
With YouTube Premium, all you have to do is press To download on any video in the app. It will save all your downloaded videos in one place for easy viewing. However, you cannot export them to watch them outside of the YouTube app, and they will expire if you cancel YouTube Premium.
If you don’t want to pay for Premium, you can use bulk YouTube downloader on your desktop which is faster. After the videos are converted on your computer, transfer the files to your iPhone via USB cable or using wireless methods.
Alternatively, you can use the awkward but doable workaround of recording your iPhone screen while playing the video. However, this forces you to play the entire video, which is not ideal. It also doesn’t give you the best quality for the video.
Download YouTube Videos to iPhone and Watch Anywhere
With these methods, you can save YouTube videos to your iPhone so that you don’t depend on the YouTube app or service to watch them. The Camera Roll method is the best for most people because it makes them easily accessible and you don’t need to transfer files.
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