If you’ll be stuck in an area without an internet connection on your iPhone and want to watch YouTube videos to pass the time, there’s a way you can download YouTube videos to your iPhone for offline viewing.
6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube, and 40% of those hours are spent on mobile devices. This means that 2.4 billion hours of YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices every month. That’s a lot of bandwidth, and it’s going through either a WiFi connection or an LTE/3G connection.
However, there are times when you just can’t get a signal, such as during a flight. If there’s a YouTube web series that you enjoy watching, there are ways to download these videos locally to your iPhone to watch them at anytime, even if you don’t have a internet connection, and all it takes is a nifty app that you can download from the iTunes App Store.
There are several apps that you can download from iTunes that allow you to download YouTube videos directly to your iPhone. Unfortunately, they all cost a couple of dollars, but they’re worth it if you watch a lot of YouTube videos while on the go.
For this demonstration, I’ll be using an app called VIATube. It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store and it allows users to download YouTube videos for offline viewing, and it even comes with a handful of nifty features.
Once you have the app downloaded and installed, you can begin browsing and searching for YouTube videos to download. It’s important to note that these apps don’t actually download videos to your iPhone in a format that you can play with the Videos app and export to your computer; you can only view downloaded videos inside of the VIATube app.
When you find a video that you want saved, tap on it to open it up. It’ll begin playing automatically, but simply just pause it to stop it from annoyingly playing.
Next, tap on the + sign in the upper-right corner:
The next screen, you’ll select the playlist to add the video to (if you have more than one playlist). You can also choose whether or not you want the video downloaded in HD or just standard definition. Once it’s good to go, tap on the floppy disk icon in the upper-right corner to save the video:
You’ll get a pop-up that says Video added successfully!. Click OK to continue:
To view your playlist and play the videos that you downloaded, swipe from the left edge of the screen to the right to reveal the navigation menu, and tap on the playlist that you saved a video to:
You’ll see a list of the videos that you saved with a download status bar below each video. When the videos are successfully downloaded and ready to play, the download status bar will say Cached:
Tap on a video to begin playing it. As you can see, I don’t have a WiFi or cellular connection and the video still plays just like if I did have an internet connection:
Again, this app is great for those who enjoy watching YouTube web series while they’re on a flight and need to pass the time. Or if you have a cap on your monthly data allowance, you can use VIATube to download YouTube videos while you’re at home on a WiFi connection and watch them later when you’re out and about.