Nov. 27, 2013
The iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad can access YouTube via the free YouTube app (Download at iTunes). Just tap the app, search away, and you'll be watching video in no time (though "no time" will be faster if you're connected to a Wi-Fi network).
But what about your favorite YouTube videos? What if you want to watch them over and over again – even when you're not connected to the web (this is especially important on the iPod touch, since it has a Wi-Fi connection only and you can't get on Wi-Fi everywhere)?
In that case, you need a way to save the videos to your device.
You can do this either on your desktop computer using a downloadable program or a website, or using apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Begin by finding the video you want to save at YouTube.
Then go to any one of the tools that allows you to save YouTube videos to your desktop. While by no means a comprehensive list, some tools that can help include:
- MediaBurner (Download at iTunes; US$2.99)
- Video Downloader & Media Player Pro (Download at iTunes; US$5.99)
- watchlater (Download at iTunes; US$2.99)
The exact steps required to download the video will depend on what tool you're using. The basic settings you want to use, though, include choosing an MP4 format, or to create a video for iPhone/iPod. When you've done that, click the start/save/download button (depending your tool). When the video is done converting, you can download it to your desktop or your iOS device.
On a computer, drag the video into iTunes to add it to your iTunes library.
Next, sync your iPhone or other device with your computer. In the Movies section, you should see the video you just downloaded from YouTube. Check the box next to it and then hit the Sync button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
The YouTube video is now saved on your device just like any other video – and you can watch it whenever, and wherever, you want.
To watch it, tap the Videos app (in early versions of the iOS, this feature was built into the iPod app, but it's been a standalone app for a few years). You'll see a listing for all the videos on your device and the one you just added will be among them.
- iPod Classic and iPod nano – These iPods can play video, but neither of them can connect to the Internet and thus don't have the YouTube or YouTube downloader apps. Like with music, the only videos you can add to the iPod Classic or third-generation or higher iPod nano are those in your iTunes library that you sync to them.