Attention: as of May 2013, the ability to cache videos on this has been removed.
LATEST UPDATE: As of August 1, 2013, upon checking back with this app, the ability to cache videos has been RESTORED! Great news!
The awful thing about this is that I did that post wayyyyyyyy back, and named an app that would do the deed.
However, all things change, and that app no longer does it. And even worse, when they stopped doing it, their update wiped clean all the videos that were cached. Yikes. (That was a sad day.)
That post still exists, although I have put an update on it to point out that it no longer does the very thing I was applauding that it did.
But there is another! Hurray!
McTube will let you download videos to watch offline. I’ve tried it, I’ve used it, and it works great. If you are going to be offline for a while (like on a plane) just think ahead and download any YouTube videos that you would like to watch.
There is a free version and a pro version. The free version works just fine, but is loaded with ads. There is also a limit on the amount of video you can cache. I used the free version for a while, just to get used to it, and I was very happy. Videos downloaded quickly and played well. The ads, however, were flashy and annoying.
I decided to plop down $1.99 and get the pro version. Updating to the pro version actually downloads a whole new app, and therefore any videos you have already downloaded do not carry over to your new version. So if you think this app is something that you will enjoy, you might consider the paid version sooner rather than later.
The app is VERY simple to use. Just search for the video you’d like to watch. Then tap on the red download icon in the upper right hand corner.
When you would like to see the videos that you have downloaded, and/or watch them offline, just tap the “cached” button in the middle of the row at the bottom of the screen.
I used Lucy in the Chocolate Factory for the example, above. In case you’re interested in actually taking a little trip down memory lane and watching it, I’ll include it, here. Enjoy!