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.
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- Via OS X Daily