Download and Save YouTube Videos to Your iPhone or iPad's Photos App

Edited by Jay

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Download YouTube videos directly to your iPhone or iPad's Photos app with Shortcuts in iOS 12. Watch some of your favorite video content offline, without having to stream over an internet connection; handy when you're low on data or away from suitable WiFi networks.

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Using the Shortcuts mobile app and Siri's Download YouTube shortcut, saving videos directly to your device is relatively straightforward. An internet connection is required to access and download videos, so ensure you're watching your data if not using WiFi.

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**Important** To avoid any copyright issues, you should only download videos that are in the public domain, have a creative commons license attribute, or are owned by yourself.

For the following guide, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 12.3.

Save YouTube Videos to Photos on iPhone Using Shortcuts

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  1. 1
    Go to Shortcuts' app page, tap GET, then tap Install.
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    Enter your iCloud/Apple ID password, tap Sign in, then tap Done.
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  3. 3
    Tap Get Started, then tap the home button.
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  4. 4
    Visit this link, then tap Get Shortcut.
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  5. 5
    Once installed, the message Added to Library appears
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    Tap the back button to go to your home screen.
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  6. 6
    Open the YouTube app, navigate to the video you wish to download, then tap Share.
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  7. 7
    Tap More, then More once again.
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  8. 8
    Enable Shortcuts by tapping the toggle switch, then tap Done.
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  9. 9
    Tap Shortcuts.
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  10. 10
    Tap the Download YouTube shortcut.
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    Once the video is downloaded, tap Save to photo album.
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    Tap OK when the permission dialog appears.
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  13. 13
    Open your Photos app, then tap Videos.
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  14. 14
    Tap the YouTube video you just downloaded to watch it.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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