**** update: This app no longer allows you to download videos. However, there is another! Go to this post to find an app that will download videos to play offline: Watch YouTube Videos Offline on your iPhone or iPad.
Several years ago, I installed a program on my computer that would allow me to download YouTube videos. For a while I was like a kid in a candy shop, downloading favorite music videos, scenes from movies, comedy sketches …. I was giddy with glee. (until it stopped working. )
Fast forward to Life as we know it, with our portable devices taking center stage.
When traveling with my iPad, I have often thought how cool it would be to load it up with downloaded YouTube videos. How great to be in the car, or plane or bus, and be able to watch a favorite clip.
To my delight, a friend recently told me about the app that she uses to do this deed! (Thanks, Margo!! )
With VideoTube you can download
many most videos and watch them later. (Some videos are not available for download). It’s easy … and wildly wonderful if you plan to be offline for a while.
Once you have the app VideoTube on your iPad (or phone), here is all you do:
Search for a video that you would like to download.
Touch the upper right hand corner of the screen, and (if it is allowed) the video will begin downloading.
As it is downloading, you will see this screen:
And then this:
When you want to go back and look at any of the videos you have downloaded, and watch them in some place (planes, trains, automobiles) that does not have internet, all you do is tap the “downloads” symbol at the bottom of the app. You will be taken to a screen with thumbnails of all your videos. Just tap one to watch. Easy, breezy.
The only thing that saddens me about this app is that the videos are stored as part of the app, not separately. So if you trash the app, you lose your videos. But this isn’t a big issue, and it does not interfere with my happiness that I am now able to watch offline.
Offline! That’s the Bottom Line. And I am delighted.