How to Download YouTube Videos to Your iPhone

YouTube has something for everyone. Creators put their hearts and soul into their work – some more than others. You get to keep up with your favorite vloggers or catch the latest news. Sometimes, a certain video resonates with you, and you would like to watch it offline. You probably know about downloading YouTube videos on your computer, either through a website or through other means. But perhaps. you are not sure about downloading YouTube videos on iPhone.

Although not impossible, the platform lacks the vast range of apps and customization that Android has. The procedure of downloading YouTube videos on iPhones can vary on what iOS version your iPhone runs.

Which Formats Are Right For YouTube Videos?

You usually get to choose from several file formats when using a downloading YouTube video service. The format and setting for quality can enhance or degrade your video experience, so pick carefully! MP4, AVI, MOV, and 3GP are the most common. Apple’s MOV format works on every iPhone, as it belongs to Apple itself. MP4 is also a good compatible choice. 3GP is the lowest quality and is more suitable for old phones with smaller screens.

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You can select a video quality ranging from the basic360p and 480p to 720p and 1080p. Higher resolutions translate into larger file sizes, so if you are hurting for space a middling option does the trick. Downloading YouTube videos on the iPhone is a breeze now!

Method One: Using Safari on iOS 13

If you got iOS 13, you are in luck! With this version, you can install files from anywhere online using Safari. While Apple blocked unauthorized downloads in older versions, iOS 13 has a new download manager that allows file downloads. This supports YouTube videos on the iPhone as well.

Remember, this does not mean YouTube itself offers downloads! Several services download YouTube videos such as BitDownloader,, and so on.

Note: Many services do not allow downloads of copyrighted content, such as music videos.

  1. Visit YouTube and copy the video link you want to be downloaded. Open the BitDownloader or your chosen website’s page and paste this link into the text box there. Depending on your selected service for downloading YouTube videos, you might be able to choose the format. For videos on iPhone, MP4, AVI, or MOV will do just fine. You may also be able to select the quality depending on how hi-res the original video was.
  2. After checking the video parameters, select the Start option.
  3. Next, a download button appears after the video is processed. Sometimes tapping on it redirects you to an advertisement, but you can simply close that page.
  4. Once prompted, the video will download.
  5. The download progress can be seen by selecting the download icon beside the address bar.

After the download completes, tap on the file and then on the share icon in the lower-left of the screen.  Find the Save Video option and tap it to save your new video in the Photos app. There you go – your favorite YouTube video on iPhone now!

Method Two: Using the Documents App on Older iOS Versions

On the older version of iOS, you can download YouTube videos on an iPhone using a free app called Documents by Readdle. This clever file manager also acts like a browser. Thus, it simply uses the previous method with a different app.

  1. First, download the Documents app if you don’t have it.
  2. Find your YouTube video, and like before, copy the link.
  3. Open the browser in Documents, and navigate to your favorite website for downloading YouTube videos.
  4. Paste the link, select your format and quality, and press the download or similar button.
  5. Wait for the generated download button/link to appear, tap on it and save the file. If you like, change the name and location of the file. Now you can watch your video offline on your iPhone!

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Method Three: Using PC/Mac to download and transfer YouTube videos to your iPhone

A simple method is to download YouTube videos on your PC or Mac, then transfer them to your iPhone.

Step 1: Download the YouTube videos to your PC/Mac

Using software such as Softorino YouTube Converter or ClipGrab, first, download the video to your computer. Both ClipGrab and Softorino YouTube Converter require downloading and installing on your computer. Then register the program, simply paste the YouTube link into it, and download it. With ClipGrab, directly search for the video in the app, and choose it from the search results. Click on the drop-down menu, select the format and download.

You can also use your favorite online conversion services for this step.

Step 2: Transfer the YouTube video to your iPhone

If you are using the Softorino YouTube Converter, this is easy. This program has an option to download and directly transfer the video into your iPhone “Videos” app, so connect your iPhone to your computer. Select “Convert and Transfer” to download the video straight to your iPhone.

For videos downloaded to your computer’s hard drive, try the following methods for moving it to your iPhone.

  • AirDrop: This works for Apple-only devices. Enable Airdrop on your iPhone and Mac. Simply right-click on the video icon, select Share > Airdrop.
  • iTunes: Connect your iPhone to your computer with the USB TO Lightning cable so both devices become linked. Select the device icon in iTunes, then locate your downloaded video, select the File > Add to Library option to move it into iTunes Movie. Check the “Sync Movies” option, then start the synchronization process by clicking on the Sync button. Your video shows up under Library > Home Videos, available on your iPhone’s Apple TV app.

Method Four: Using the Shortcuts app

The Shortcuts app is Apple’s app for users to automate workflows, supported on iOS 12 and up. You can set up a cascade of functions (or shortcuts) to run automatically one after the other. Two shortcuts for downloading videos include Video Downloader and YouTube Ripper.

To run both shortcuts, first, download the Shortcuts app. Then open the YouTube video, tap on the sharing icon, pick Shortcuts, and select the shortcut you want to use. Once the video downloads, simply choose its save location, or directly open it in a video player. That’s all there’s to it!

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Method Five: YouTube Premium

If you’re not too fussed about spending money, YouTube Premium is the best choice. For $15.99 per month, you get ad-free browsing, YouTube running in the background, and yes, the feature for downloading YouTube videos for later on iPhone.

However, those videos can be viewed in the app only, under “Downloads”. Still, if all you wanted was to view them offline, this is the simplest and most legal option.

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Muhammad Junaid Khalid: Welcome to the Galaxy of Technology related tips and troubleshooting guides, I am Junaid, an Engineer by profession and a blogger by passion, founder at HowToGalaxy. Here at HowToGalaxy, I usually write about Android, iOS, and Windows 10 related troubleshooting guides and tricks. In the near future, you will see much more information on HowToGalaxy as my aim is to make this blog a galaxy of authentic and useful information.
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