YouTube recently hit a milestone. According to a report from TechCrunch, people are watching a billion hours of YouTube videos each day.
That would be a lot if you asked me.
Who would disagree with me that YouTube is the ultimate place for all sort of entertainment? Not just entertainment but also a hub for educational clips, how-to videos, and much more.
The only problem with YouTube is its limitations in features, especially on the iPhone and iPad.
I’m sure they can easily hit more than a billion minutes of views (a day) if users get the functionalities they requested.
Unfortunately, none of that is coming soon.
Here is an example:
If you want to download a YouTube video from your computer, it’s as easy as copy and pastes the URL into services like ClipConverter and VideoGrabby.
However, the same concept doesn’t apply to an iOS device. If you want to download your favorite YouTube videos on your iPhone, it will require much more work.
It takes longer because you have to download an additional app from the App Store and watch their annoying ads before you can get to the download section.
In this post, I’ll help you break free from all that hassle of downloading videos from YouTube and improve the way the app works so that you can spend more time watching your favorite YouTubers.
1. Cercube 3
Those of you who previously used Cercube will know how it function as well as what it has to offer.
This jailbreak tweak not only allows users to download YouTube videos on their iOS devices but also
- Block ads
- Enable HD mode while your device is using cellular data
- Play video in the background (you can still listen to the audio while using another app or lock your device)
- Set custom settings for YouTube
What’s in Cercube 3 tweak
- Download any video in any available quality. (from 144p to 1080p).
- View, manage and share all your downloads in Cercube’s download manager.
- Import downloaded songs and videos to your Music Library, or Videos app.
- Block all promoted and video ads.
- Send downloaded videos via AirDrop to other devices.
- Background playback capability for both streamed and downloaded videos.
- Downloaded videos are displayed within a beautifully crafted downloads manager that shows all the available information.
- Select which page to display when launching the YouTube app.
- Unique short-hold button gestures.
- HD streaming on mobile networks.
- Auto replay videos.
- Custom Startup Page
As you can see, the new YouTube Red that cost on a monthly basis will only include some of these features while these has been around on jailbroken devices for quite some time now.
This gives new users another reason to jailbreak their device and ignore the YouTube Red service.
If you want to download and save YouTube videos on your iOS 9 device or an earlier version, head over to Cydia and install Cercube 3 from the BigBoss repo for free.
2. YouTube++ by UnlimApps
Recently, they have updated their YouTube++ tweak to work with iOS 9 and 10.
Just like Cercube 3, this tweak makes it easier for users to use YouTube while having some of their most wished features such as background playback, support for videos download, in-app web browser, disable age restrictions, and much more.
After downloading a video, users have two options: either store it inside the YouTube++ downloader or save it directly to their Camera Roll.
YouTube++ is also available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for free. If you want to get the latest version when it comes out, I recommend you add their official repository at http://beta.unlimapps.com/.
What if I don’t have a jailbroken device?
Not everyone is willing to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad. If you are that person, don’t worry. You can still install YouTube++ through Cydia Impactor.
Click here to see the full guide on how to do that.
The tweak below has been added in corresponding to one of the recent updates.
YouTube has been focusing a lot on improving the user experience for its iOS app.
Within the past couple of months, they have introduced numerous features that make it easier for people to use the application.
Last month, a higher resolution video options were added. Despite YouTube effort to improve its app, some of the updates often upset users.
If you recently updated the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad, you will notice a minor change to the video player. The progress bar has been minimized, and that makes it harder to scroll through the video.
In additional, users can now skip through the videos or go backward (by 10 seconds) by double tapping on the screen. To quickly move forward or backward in a video, you just have to double tap on either the right or left side of the screen.
For those who have a habit of tapping on the video screen every once in awhile will experience a lag in the new update and onward. That’s because YouTube will now wait and see if you will double tap to skip or not. Therefore, it will slow down to understand your needs.
I honestly don’t find this new skipping feature useful since I use the progress bar on a daily basis. If you feel the same, there is a way to disable the new skipping +/- 10 seconds in the YouTube app.
NoYoutubeDoubleTap is a recently released jailbreak tweak by Ben Giannis to help you turn off the double tapping gesture when watching a video. Instead of having to experience the lagging when you tap on the video screen, this tweak will put it back to normal mode. As a result, tapping in any videos on YouTube is fast again.
Once you installed it from the BigBoss repo, the tweak will take action right away. No need to configure anything.