Google Releases YouTube iOS App for Download [Update]

Apple has been slowly distancing itself from Google integration within iOS. Back in early August, iOS 6 Beta 4 revealed the native YouTube app was set to disappear, and subsequently Google was set to introduce a native YouTube iOS app. Well, that day has arrived. YouTube for iPhone has finally hit the App Store:

Watch the world’s videos and keep up with your favorite YouTube channels with the official YouTube app for iOS. Sign in to access your subscriptions, playlists, uploads and more.


  • Enjoy YouTube’s vast video catalog, including official music videos
  • Find videos and channels more easily with voice search and query autocomplete
  • Subscribe to channels and instantly access your subscriptions with the channel guide UI
  • Read comments, browse related videos, enable subtitles and more – all while watching
  • Easy video sharing to Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter

I just downloaded and tested out the YouTube iOS app. It works exactly as described, what I found handy is when you tap the fullscreen icon during playback, the video automatically rotates into landscape for you, even if you have portrait orientation locked.

Unlike the initial Gmail for iOS launch, YouTube hasn’t crashed on me–yet. This native YouTube app for iOS will also feature advertising, something we did not see in the original app on the iPhone. If you’re a YouTube addict, you will be able to easily comment and share videos with friends. A sidebar menu displays all of your channel subscriptions.

Google’s YouTube blog notes an upcoming optimized version for the iPad will be out “in the coming months”, and YouTube on mobile gets 1 billion mobile views per day. Also, this native iOS app has “Tens of thousands more videos,” not found in the iOS 5 YouTube app.

Click here to download YouTube for iOS, it’s free. Let me know what you think of it!

Update: Here is a hands-on first look at the new app by @MeadorsMusings:

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  • Too bad that the app isn’t a universal 🙁
    I would’ve expected that with that much notice they could hit the ground running with iPad and iPhone being given the full treatment… Oh well, hopefully there is something when iOS 6 launches next week (fingers crossed)

  • John

    Is Google stupid?
    Here is there chance of taking over the market with the android and they go release a bunch of apps for iOS.

    With the iPhone 5 extending the screen a measly 0.5 inch and phasing out all the wonderful apps users love, people will just have to jailbreak or go to Android.

    Let apple follow the footsteps of Blackberry!

  • draz

    Google gets most of their profit from iOS. They have to continue to support it.

  • karen

    I very much agree. The reason why people use apple iPhone and iPad is because of the apps. If apple wants to phase out the popular apps, Google should support them on this and complete block iOS devices from their servers. Then let’s see what devices people buy. Samsung galaxy s3?
    Go android.

  • FragilityG4

    That makes absolutely no business sense at all. At one time Steve Jobs said iPods will never be made to work on PC’s … He quickly realize that all he did was cut away from potential sales because people weren’t necessarily going to buy a Mac just for an iPod.

    More recently look at RIM and their PlayBook. When released they said the PlayBook would not have email, calendars or contacts native to it. The only way you can get the is by tethering your BlackBerry … Big mistake.

    Its not like Apple has said google can’t develope apps … They just said our contract is up, it’s been fun but it’s time to move away from google native apps.

    It’s not a bad thing … They’ll be updated way more often this way.

  • swerve99

    Karen, you do realize that Apple’s agreement with Google-Youtube had expired? Google wants to monetize ads for Youtube which their new Google Youtube App does. I’m not sure if you realize that Google makes most of their mobile revenue off of IOS.

  • Martin

    Is the app available in the Canadian App Store because I can’t find it?

  • crosseyed_mofo

    yep, it hasnt propagated in the store fully but type in google inc and voila

  • Martin

    That’s what I thought. I’ll keep searching for Google, Inc. until it shows up.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    its currently the 20th result

  • iFone

    Is currently Top #1 on the Free App list

  • iFone

    Google has a commensal relationship with Apple: Needs it to survive as explain by @draz:disqus

  • Hank

    For some reason, I cannot stream video to Apple TV. Only spits out audio. Native Youtube App works.

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