Open YouTube Videos In Mobile Browser, Not Native App [iOS Tips]

Open YouTube Videos In Mobile Browser, Not Native App [iOS Tips]

For the most part, clicking on a youtube video in mobile Safari or Chrome will bring up the YouTube app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. There are a few reasons why you might not want that to happen, one being that the YouTube app isn’t quite as full featured as the current mobile YouTube site itself, another being the waste of time of switching back and forth between the YouTube app and whatever mobile app you found the link in.

Forcing your iPhone to stay in the app you clicked the YouTube link in is as easy as it is non-intuitive. Here’s how to make it happen.

Open your Settings app on your iOS device. Tap on General, then Restrictions. Yes, Restrictions. Enable them, then type in a passcode that you’ll remember. Once enabled, you’ll be able to tap the toggle button next to YouTube to OFF.

Now when you see a video you want to watch on your iPhone or iPad, you can tap it and watch it without having to go to the YouTube App itself. This should work with embedded as well as direct links, though the embedded ones haven’t been much of a problem since iOS 4 and 5.

You’ll be unable to launch the YouTube app, though, needing instead to head to YouTube’s web site to view videos. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Heriberto Interiano

    never knew!!

  • mr_bee

    why? why would anyone do this, or want to do this?

  • Aaron

    I had a thought: Could I enable the restrictions on Safari and have my links open in Chrome? No such luck.

  • dcj001

    why? why would anyone do this, or want to do this?

    Because it makes sense.

    Do you have a YouTube app on your Mac, or do you watch YouTube videos in a browser?

  • dcj001

    why? why would anyone do this, or want to do this?

    Because it makes sense.

    Do you have a YouTube app on your Mac, or do you watch YouTube videos in a browser?

  • Johnlee Raine

    Doing this brakes video links in apps, such as icanhascheeseburger

  • Alberto Hernandez
    why? why would anyone do this, or want to do this?

    Because it makes sense.

    Do you have a YouTube app on your Mac, or do you watch YouTube videos in a browser?

    Ok that doesn’t make sense. There are many apps on my iPhone that are not available on my Mac so should I just use the browser for them all???

  • baby_Twitty

    Great tip! Watching youtube on the safari is better. It allows for the ‘HQ’ toggle

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