How to download YouTube videos on iPhone and iPad

If you want to download YouTube videos to save on your iPhone or iPad, the easiest way is to use a third-party app that allows you to download videos directly to your iPhone.

We are talking about the famous YouTube converters. You should know that these types of applications do not last long in the App Store. Look for “YouTube Downloads” or “YouTube download” for the most current options. Above all, check the comments to verify that it is a reliable application.

In this tutorial we are going to show you options that are somewhat different from this one. We will use an application called Documents (which is currently in its sixth version, which shows that it is unlikely to be removed from the App Store), and an online service to perform the download.

These methods work on most iOS devices; We can confirm that they work on any iOS version, from 8 to 11.

Keep in mind that since the launch of iOS 11, you can record the screen of your iPhone or iPad, including any video that you are playing, such as YouTube.

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1. Open in Documents 6

We are going to use a web page called and the application Documents 6. Thanks to these two tools you can download the video and transfer it to ‘Photos’. If you have an Android device, you can use a similar app called Doccle, click the link to download it.

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Install Documents 6; you can do it from the App Store. Once installed, open the app and click on the Safari browser icon (a little compass). In iPhone it is usually in the lower right part; on iPad in the left menu part.

Type “” (without the quotes) in the browser bar and it will take you to the web page.

2. Enter the YouTube URL

Now you will have to write the correct URL of the video you want to save.

If you have the video open in Safari (or any other browser for iPhone or iPad), all you have to do is press your finger on the URL and touch ‘Copy Link’.

Go back to Documents 6 and paste the URL into the rectangular white space at the top of (Tap on the rectangle, press with your finger and tap on the option ‘Paste’).

Once the URL has been added, you will see the thumbnail of the YouTube video appear, some options for you to choose the video quality and a green button with the word ‘Download’.

Once you click on the ‘Download’ button, the download will begin.

3. Save and download the video

You will then see a window open. You can rename the video according to your preferences (if not, it will take the name of the original YouTube video), and then select ‘Save’ (save).

Your video will start downloading. Do not forget that the file may be quite heavy, it is therefore advisable to always be connected to a Wi-Fi network or have enough data on your iOS device.

If you open the ‘Downloads’ section of the app, you will be able to see the video downloading with an ‘X’ in case you want to stop the download.

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4. Move the video to ‘Photos’

Documents 6 has a section called “documents”. Open it to see all the completed video downloads with their thumbnails and more relevant information about the file.

To move the video to the ‘Photos’ application you just have to long press on the video, drag it to the ‘Documents’ label, then to ‘Photo albums’ and finally to the camera roll.

Depending on your settings and whether or not you’ve used the Documents 6 app before, you may be asked for permission to access ‘Photos’. In that case, accept. If you need to change the settings, open ‘Settings’ and tap on ‘Privacy> Photos’ and activate the permissions for Documents.

Open the ‘Photos’ app and you will see your video. Keep in mind that it does not have to appear at the bottom of the list. From what we have been able to see, ‘Photos’ stores the videos according to the date they were published on YouTube instead of the date they were downloaded.

In the ‘Photos’ app go to ‘Albums> Videos’ to make it easier for you to find the file you are looking for.

5. Use your Mac or PC

If you have access to a Mac or Windows computer, you can follow an alternative method to download videos and have them on your iOS device.

Open the page Softorino in your web browser. Softorino Youtube Converter is a free and easy-to-use tool to download YouTube videos.

To use the program you will need to download it, install it, and then register with a valid email address. The process is very simple, and in a few steps you will be able to start using the software.

Once the program is downloaded, you will have to copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to download and the program will automatically detect it. Then select the iPhone logo and connect your device to your Mac or PC.

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Once connected, you must allow access to the program and the Mac. If your iPhone does not recognize it, then disconnect and reconnect.

When your iOS is properly connected, select the ‘Convert and Transfer’ option and the video will automatically download and transfer to your device. Once the process is complete, you can find the YouTube video in your ‘Videos’ folder on your iPhone.

If you don’t have enough space on your iPhone to be able to download the videos you want, don’t miss: How to free up space on iPhone: get more storage space.

Is it legal to download YouTube videos?

We have mentioned earlier that some of the applications specialized in downloading YouTube videos frequently disappear from the App Store. This happens because on many occasions they are misused.

From an ethical point of view, you have to understand that the author of the video has worked and worked hard to create that video, and may be able to generate income with it thanks to advertising.

If you download her video, you are preventing the author of the video from gaining the benefit she deserves in some way.

You should also know that by doing this you are violating the terms and conditions of use of YouTube, since it establishes that you will see the videos only using the official page or official applications.

It also establishes that the content published on the platform must not be downloaded, copied, stored or distributed.

You cannot legally generate any type of income through a video that you have downloaded, since you do not have its copyright. That is why if you do, make sure to only do it for private use.

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