How to Download YouTube Videos to iPhone or iPad

By Lois Green, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

YouTube is believed to be a part of people's life. With a number of cool videos on the website, YouTube boasts millions of clicks every day. You may wonder how to download YouTube videos directly to iPhone or iPad so that you can watch the videos offline. Unfortunately, YouTube has been designed to only allow users to watch and view videos on its website or app. There is no download option for audiences to save Youtube videos to iPhone/iPad.

Luckily, there are some YouTube videos downloader apps for iPhone and iPad. With these apps, you can download and save your favorite YouTube videos to iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus or iPad Pro/Air/mini and watch them without the restraint of time and place.

Here we introduce this free app called Documents 5. It can download videos from YouTube and save the videos to camera roll. Check how this YouTube video downloader works.

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Download YouTube Video to iPhone

Use Documents 5/6 to Download YouTube Videos

Step 1. Launch Documents 5/6

Download Documents 5 in App Store. Once finishing installation, launch it.

Step 2. Go to Savefrom.net

On Documents 5, tap the bottom-right icon that looks like the Safari icon (a compass). Then, it will display a web browser where you can type "savefromnet" on its search bar. Click on the "en.savefrom.net" link in the search results.

Search for Documents 5

Step 3. Get URL for Youtube Videos 

You need to get the URL - the address of the YouTube video that you want to download. There are two ways to get the URL:

  • Launch the YouTube app on your iPhone/iPad. Find the video you want and wait until any advert has finished playing and the video starts. Tap on the video to show the controls and then tap the "share" icon (an arrow pointing right).You can then tap "Copy Link".

  • Open Safari and go to Youtube.com. Find the video that you need, press and copy the URL address on the top.

Copy YouTube Video URL

Step 4. Download YouTube Videos

Now return to the Documents 6/5 app. Tap in the white box to select it and paste the URL that you have copied in the box. You'll see the video with a list of various resolutions, so you can choose the quality you want. Tap the green "Download" next to your preferred quality and rename the video if you want to. Now tap "Done" and the video will be downloaded.

Tip: It's best to only do this via Wi-Fi as videos can quickly use up your monthly 3G or 4G data allowance.

Download YouTube Video with Documents 5

Step 5. Save Downloaded Video to Camera Roll

Once done, you'll see the video in the Downloads section of the Documents 6/5.

You can save this to your iPhone or iPad's Camera Roll (not the native Videos app, unfortunately). To do this, tap and hold on the video and drag it up until you see the folder list. Keep holding and drag it into Photos and then into Camera Roll. Now you can just head to the Photos app and watch the video.

Save YouTube Video to Camera Roll

With this YouTube video downloaders, you'll be able to enjoy YouTube videos on your iPhone or iPad. Better yet, you can watch them anytime anywhere. Hope you'll find it helpful. If you've got another amazing app, welcome to leave your comment or share with us below.

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Optional: Save YouTube Video on PC and Copy to iDevices

If you don't want Document 5 above, you are allowed to select another method to download YouTube videos to iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus and even iPhone X.

1. Firstly, launch FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate and then copy the ideal video url to the program. Thus, you can save it to your PC.

Save YouTube Video

2. After downloading, please preview the video on computer. If you are sure that one is what you need, copy it to iPhone. In this way, iOS Transfer may help you finish the copying.

Although the second one is roundabout, it is still an optional way for you.

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