How to download YouTube videos to iPad & iPhone

If you want to download a YouTube video and watch it offline on your iPad or iPhone, you've come to the right place! Here, we show you how

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Is it legal?

Downloading a YouTube video to your iPad or iPhone is actually pretty easy once you know how, and essential if you want to watch clips offline. Plus, it's incredibly annoying when something good gets removed from YouTube. 

There are several ways to download YouTube videos directly to your iOS device, generally using third-party apps to achieve this. It should be noted, however, that such apps often don't last long on the App Store; if the apps we use in this tutorial aren't there any more, search for 'YouTube download', check the reviews to make sure it's legitimate and proceed using the app's instructions. 

The reason these apps get disappeared from time to time is that, legally and ethically speaking, this is all a bit shady. The people that create videos in YouTube have worked hard on their videos and are entitled to place advertising on them to earn some money. By downloading the video you're preventing Google and the video creator from profiting from their work.

Most importantly, you absolutely must not attempt to profit from any videos you download for which you don't own the copyright - this is for personal use only. For more discussion of this issue, see: 'Is it legal to download YouTube videos?'

These methods should work on most iOS devices. We can confirm that these methods work on iOS 8, 9 and 10.

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Next Prev how to download youtube videos to ipad amp iphone video

Downloading a YouTube video to your iPad or iPhone is actually pretty easy once you know how, and essential if you want to watch clips offline. Plus, it's incredibly annoying when something good gets removed from YouTube. 

There are several ways to download YouTube videos directly to your iOS device, generally using third-party apps to achieve this. It should be noted, however, that such apps often don't last long on the App Store; if the apps we use in this tutorial aren't there any more, search for 'YouTube download', check the reviews to make sure it's legitimate and proceed using the app's instructions. 

The reason these apps get disappeared from time to time is that, legally and ethically speaking, this is all a bit shady. The people that create videos in YouTube have worked hard on their videos and are entitled to place advertising on them to earn some money. By downloading the video you're preventing Google and the video creator from profiting from their work.

Most importantly, you absolutely must not attempt to profit from any videos you download for which you don't own the copyright - this is for personal use only. For more discussion of this issue, see: 'Is it legal to download YouTube videos?'

These methods should work on most iOS devices. We can confirm that these methods work on iOS 8, 9 and 10.

 

Step 2 of 5: Download on iOS

As previously mentioned, directly downloading a YouTube video through an app can be hard, as the apps often disappear from the App Store.

Thankfully, there's a workaround which works flawlessly. You'll first want to download the app called 'Documents 5', as this will allow you to download a YouTube video then transfer it into your camera roll.

Once the app has downloaded, click on the small browser icon found at the bottom right hand-corner of the app (the icon that looks like a small compass). Once you're in the browser within Documents 5, type in 'savefromnet' and you'll be presented with the website Savefrom.net at the top of your Google search. 

Open the website and then press your home button to grab the URL of your video.

See also: How to play YouTube audio in background on an iPhone or iPad.

 

Step 3 of 5: Copy the YouTube URL

There are two ways you can find the YouTube URL of your video. The most obvious way is to grab the URL straight from the Safari browser (or any other browser you use). This simply involves finding the video you want, holding down your finger on the top URL address and then selecting to copy it.

If, however, you're using the YouTube app on your iOS device, hit the share icon, which is denoted by a small arrow to reveal a pop-up menu that enables you to 'Copy Link'.

Once you've copied the link through any method you find the easiest, you'll want to re-enter Documents 5 and paste the link within the Savefrom.net white rectangular box, by tapping within the white box and then holding down your finger and pasting the URL. 

Once you've added the URL hit the green tick and the video thumbnail and quality options should load. Select your quality and hit the green download button. Feel free to rename the file (which will be default take the video title's name) and select 'Done'. Read next: Ways to make space on an iPhone.

Your video will now start to download. Remember that you might be downloading a large file, so ensure you're on a WiFi connection or have enough data on your iOS device to deal with it.

 

Step 4 of 5: Moving the video to your Camera Roll

Once the video has finished downloading you'll see a 'Downloads' section and will be able to see the YouTube video downloaded on your iOS device.

Within Documents 5 you will want to long-press on the video file and drag it upwards till you're presented with the iPhone's directory, where you'll see 'Photos'.

Drag the video file into photo and whilst still holding down your finger on the video file move it into 'Camera Roll'. You can now let your finger off the screen and the file will move into your desired location! Read next: How to download YouTube videos to your Mac.

Et voila! You've now successfully downloaded a YouTube video on your iOS device. The process might seem a little complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature.

But wait, there's more! Let's say you've got a Mac or Windows PC in front of you...there's another (easier) way you can download a YouTube video, which will natively work on your iOS device. We'll look at this next.

 

Step 5 of 5: Use your Mac or PC

If you have access to a Mac or Windows PC, you'll be able to download a YouTube video straight to your iOS device with much greater ease.

In order to do this, head over to Softorino - a free, easy-to-use tool which enables you to simply copy and paste a YouTube URL. 

To use the program you'll need to download it, install it and then register it through a valid email address. The process is very quick and you'll be soon able to use the software.

The Softorino YouTube Converter is very simple to use, simply copy a YouTube URL and the program will automatically detect it. If it doesn't, then past the URL into the app, choose your video quality or even select 'Audio only'. Then select the iPhone logo and connect your device to your Mac or PC.

Once connected, you'll need to 'Trust' the program and your computer. If the program doesn't pick up your iOS device, unplug and reconnect it.

Once you see your iOS device, hit the 'Convert & Transfer' button and the video will start downloading and then automatically transferring to your device. Once it's complete you'll find the YouTube video in your 'Videos' app on your device. As it downloads a native file, you can also resume your video at the place you left off, even if you close the video!

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