Daily Tip: How to download and keep YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPad

If you have ever wanted to download YouTube videos directly to your iOS device and haven't found a good solution yet, well we may have the answer. What's more, this tip does not require a jailbroken device. Read on and we will show you how right after the break!

[Thanks to  Colin for sending us this awesome tip, we'll send something special your way!]

Download TagDisk  from the App Store. To test the app, the free “Lite” version will do fine but it is restricted to four video downloads, if you find this app useful, you may want to upgrade to the full version.

  • Once installed, launch TagDisk. You will be greeted with the “Disk” screen, click on the browser on the bottom toolbar and enter "youtube.com" into the address bar.

  • This will take you to the YouTube home page where you can search and find videos as normal. When you have found a video you would like to download, hold your finger on the link and an options menu will appear. Select "Download Link" and the video will start to download to your device.

  • You can now start to queue a few videos up and they will download one after another to your device. Download speed is not the fastest here. I was on an 8 Meg ADSL connection but only managed to download at 130KB/Sec.

  • When all the downloads are complete, click on the "Disk" icon in the bottom toolbar and go into Documents. Here you will find your downloaded videos. A simple click on one of the videos and it will start to play. No need for any network connection to watch the downloaded videos!

That is all you need to do. I even tested this with Vimeo as well as YouTube and again it works perfectly. This little tip is awesome for me personally as I have awful broadband speeds at home. I can now download a slew of YouTube videos while I am at the office and enjoy them at my leisure without dealing with the stuttering, waiting and dropouts!

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Daily Tip: How to download and keep YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPad


The iCab browser has had YouTube download for over a year now. Maybe there's something else you're not doing?

The free version downloads a ton of files. But doesn't play some and says limited to open file. Is that whats meant "restricted to four downloars?"

As other comment this breaks Apple´s developer agreement, so after this tutorial an update of this app without the youtube download part will be posted in 3,2,1...
Anyway, if you can get Perfect Downloader 1.5 (or less) is way better than this app (post 1.5 they must remove the youtube downloader).

In case you care, downloading videos from YouTube violates the Terms of Service that we all agree to as users of their site. It is clearly stated in their TOS page that we will not use any third party tool to extract videos out of their site and bypass any of the means they have put up to protect the videos on their site. http://www.youtube.com/t/terms
Here we go...let the comments fly about how no one cares except me. #justsaying

aTube downloader on Cydia works perfectly. IIRC it even lets you access videos blocked for mobile devices.

Steve Jobs is a brilliant men for keeping jerks like you out in the cold. Cydia only objective is to gum up the gears of Apple Inc.

Yup i remember this! It was weird my brother seemed to be able to download YouTubes movies fine with the Downloads app on his iPhone 4g but i wasn't able to do it with the same actions on my 3G.. Most frustrating!
Its weird how Apple limit you to information in the cloud... its nice to have YouTube vids saved when you run out of mobile data!

I've been doing this since long time ago, but I simply download Youtube videos to pc with some Audials Tunebite piece of software and transfer to iPhone or other devices:
You can't go wrong with this.

I thinks speedbit better than this app, what do you think ?
Did u tried it ? If u not, i advice you to try it ..

The download is not working for me with the iPad app. I only get the index.html file and not the video file. Did YouTube alter its service to prevent downloads?

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Simple question perhaps. How do you delete saved YouTube videos in your documents folder from downloaded videos, after using TagDisk with my limited memory ipad?

I had an app that cached vids before. That one glitched out and I
couldnt use it so I have been searching for a good app like it. This is
it! Its is simple and easy to use and does the most important thing
which is CACHE VIDS!!! Overall I love it and would highly recommend it.