How to Download YouTube Videos to iPhone

by Kaushal

I spend a lot of time on YouTube and have come across a lot of interesting videos that I wanted to keep on my iPhone. However, YouTube only allows you to download the videos within the app, and that too if the creator has allowed it. If you’ve also been looking for ways to download YouTube videos to your iPhone then let’s get started.

In this article, I’ll cover three methods; one using an app, using a Siri Shortcut, and the other using the Safari web browser.

Download YouTube Videos to iPhone

Method I – Using Siri Shortcut

Using a Siri Shortcut is one of the easiest ways to download a YouTube video. However, not all shortcuts work as YouTube keeps updating its API, breaking the shortcut. I found a shortcut that works flawlessly and you can use it to download a YouTube video.

Go ahead and install this shortcut using this iCloud link to your iPhone.

add shortcut

Once done, simply open the YouTube app and load the video. Tap the Share button next to the Like/Dislike button and scroll right on the popup menu.

tap the share button

Tap More (…) button to load the actual Share Sheet of iOS. You’d find your compatible Shortcuts here, tap DownTube to begin the download process.

run the shortcut downtubeIt would take a few seconds depending on the length of the video and once it’s done, you’d get a popup to save the video on your iPhone. The video would be saved directly to the Files app in 640p or 360p resolution. Unfortunately, there is no option to set a default resolution.

Pros

  • Download YouTube videos with Siri
  • Works from the YouTube app.

Cons

  • No way to select Video Resolution
  • No option to only download audio from video
  • The video is saved to the Files app instead of Camera Roll.

Method II – Using a third party App

Video Saver is one of the few web apps that still work and lets you download YouTube videos to your iPhone. Using the app to download the videos is really simple. Here are some of the Pros and Cons of using this method.

Start by installing the app on your iPhone using this link.

Before we can download the video, you’d need to copy the YouTube video URL. You can do it either from the YouTube app or from the web browser. To copy the URL from the YouTube app, open the video and tap the Share button next to the Like buttons and tap the copy link button to copy the URL.

copy video url from the youtube app

Now that you’ve copied the video URL, go ahead and proceed to download the video using the app. Open the app, tap the + button on the top right corner of the screen, and select Internet from the list of options.

add button and tap internet

Now, paste the YouTube video link that you copied earlier in the URL bar on the top and tap Go on the keyboard.

paste the youtube video url

The video would load in a web interface, simply tap the big red play button and you’d get a popup to download the video. Tap the Download button in the popup menu.

download the video

Your video will begin downloading in the My video section. Once the video is finished downloading, tap the Options button next to your video. Tap to select “Save to Camera Roll” from the list of options. Your video is now saved in the Photos app.

save the video to the camera roll

The only drawback of using this method is that you can’t select the video resolution for a video that you’re downloading. If that’s something that you want to control then the next option would work well for you.

Pros 

  • Password-protect the videos
  • Download multiple videos at once.

Cons

  • No way to download higher-resolution videos.
  • Ads.

Method III – Download Using the web browser

Savefrom.net has been around for a while and is mostly meant for desktop users. However, iOS 13 added a Downloader functionality to Safari which means we can download videos directly from this website.

This method only works reliably with Safari on your iPhone running iOS 13 or higher. Open that Safari app. Go to en.savefrom.net by tapping this link and paste any YouTube video’s link in the green input text field.  The website would generate a preview of the video and show a download button below. After selecting the resolution, tap Download.

copy the url into the text field

You would get a popup with a Download and a view button. Tap the Download button to begin your download. You can find it in the Downloads folder on the Files app.

download the video on safari

However, if you want to save the video to the Photos app, you can do that as well. Simply tap the Downloads icon on the top right corner, next to the URL bar. Tap the video you just downloaded.

open the downloaded video

It would open as a preview, tap the Share button on the bottom left of the screen. Select Save Video from the list of options in the Share Sheet. That’s it, your video is now on the Photos app.

save video to your camera roll

Pros 

  • Multiple Resolutions
  • No need to install an app; works from a web browser.

Cons

  • Videos higher than 1080p don’t have sound, just video
  • Some Videos can only be downloaded in webm and there is no way to change that.

Final Words

These were three ways to download YouTube videos to iPhone. If there are any, I’d update new ways of downloading YouTube videos in the future. Let me know in the comments below what do you think of these methods, and if you have a better one, hit me up on Twitter.

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