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Seamless YouTube Video Enjoyment on iPhone

Enjoying videos and music on YouTube can be an immersive experience until the interruptions come. Notifications from messaging apps or incoming calls can disrupt your video playback and ruin the mood. While YouTube Premium offers offline and background playback features, the monthly cost of 1,180 yen might not be appealing to everyone. To address this, we've compiled a list of iPhone apps that allow you to download YouTube videos for background and offline playback. Let's explore these options in detail.

7 Recommended iPhone Apps for Downloading YouTube Videos

Here are seven iPhone apps that can download YouTube videos, although they generally save video caches within the app for offline viewing rather than directly saving videos to your Camera Roll or as MP3 files.

1. YouTube App

  • YouTube Premium, available for 1,180 yen per month, allows you to download and play videos and music offline using the YouTube app. Downloaded videos are stored in the "Offline" section of the YouTube app and can be played offline. This feature is available in both the app and browser versions.

2. Brave Browser with YouTube Download Feature

  • Brave is a browser app known for its fast loading speed and ad-blocking capabilities. The iPhone version of Brave is the only one that supports YouTube's offline playback. You can add videos to playlists for offline viewing.

3. Tolmil - YouTube Video to Audio Converter

  • Tolmil is a file management app for iPhone and a successor to apps like "mixdata" and "Kingbox." Free users can select video quality up to two times a day. Free users will see ads before downloading. You can also convert MP4 files to audio files by selecting "File > Actions > Convert to Song."

4. Tube Browser Pro - Ad-Free YouTube

  • This app allows you to play YouTube videos within the app, cutting out ads. While background playback and picture-in-picture mode require an upgrade to the paid version (300 yen per month), the free version still allows you to cut ads while playing videos. You can also adjust playback speed and video quality.

5. Clitcher - Fast YouTube Video Downloader

  • Clitcher is a simple-to-use app that allows you to paste a YouTube video URL and click "Download" to save videos to your folder for background and offline playback. It has a user-friendly interface and performs operations quickly. There may be ads before saving videos, but it offers features like repeat playback and variable playback speed.

6. Video Save - WeBox

  • Video Save - WeBox is an iPhone app that enables background playback and offline playback of YouTube videos. Unlike some file management apps that require you to reopen the video, this app allows seamless playback even after closing the app. It offers a simple UI and is easy to use. However, please note that video analysis cannot be done unless a song is playing.

7. Video Master for YouTube

  • While it may be lesser-known, Video Master for YouTube is a highly recommended app. It allows you to download YouTube videos to the app and play them in the background. While offline playback is not supported, it is incredibly lightweight and user-friendly. The ability to add passcodes to downloaded videos is a handy feature.

How to Download Your Own Uploaded Videos to iPhone

If you want to download videos you've uploaded yourself, it's easy to do so using the YouTube app on your iPhone. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the YouTube app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on "Library" at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Under "Library," tap on "My videos" to access your uploaded videos.
  4. Next to the video you want to download, tap on the three dots (ellipsis) menu icon (represented by "...").
  5. From the menu that appears, select "Save to device."

This will download the video to your iPhone.

How to Easily Download YouTube Videos on Android or PC

If you want to download YouTube videos easily on Android or PC, you can use a free YouTube download tool called "StreamFab YouTube Downloader Ultimate."

StreamFab YouTube Downloader Ultimate supports over 1000 free video streaming services, including YouTube, YouTube's "Movies & TV Shows," TVer, Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram, and more. It allows you to download YouTube videos in the highest quality (up to 8K video and up to 320kbps audio) and save them as MP4/MP3 files on your computer or Android device.

Unlike regular YouTube download apps, StreamFab doesn't just cache YouTube videos within the app; it directly downloads them in MP3 or MP4 format to your device's hard drive. This means you can easily transfer the downloaded videos to USB drives or DVDs.

Here are some key features of StreamFab YouTube Downloader Ultimate:

  • Compatible with over 1000 sites, including YouTube, TVer, Facebook, and more.
  • Automatically detects videos playing in the built-in browser.
  • Allows you to select audio, subtitles, and quality options.
  • Saves downloaded videos in versatile MP4/MP3 formats.
  • Automatically removes annoying ads.
  • Supports scheduled automatic video downloads.
  • Saves metadata and subtitles along with videos.

For downloading YouTube videos using StreamFab on Android, you can refer to "StreamFab for Android," which is the Android version of StreamFab. Detailed instructions for using StreamFab YouTube Downloader can be found in the "Video Downloader" section of StreamFab.

Q&A on iPhone Apps for Downloading YouTube Videos

1. How can I save YouTube videos in high quality on iPhone?

  • To save YouTube videos in high quality on iPhone, available apps have limitations. While BREMEN claims to support 1080p quality, it doesn't actually work with YouTube. StreamFab for Android can download videos in 1080p quality to your Android device but not on iPhone. A practical method would be to use StreamFab YouTube Downloader Ultimate to download videos to your computer first in high quality and then transfer them to your iPhone to maintain the video quality. You can use a cable connection and iTunes for transferring to ensure no quality loss.

2. Are there iPhone apps that can download only the audio from YouTube?

  • Yes, the app "トルミル" has a feature that allows you to convert YouTube videos into audio files. The converted files can be played in the background within the app.

3. How can I download YouTube videos on iPhone without using an app?

  • You can use online download sites such as Dirpy, Offliberty, or YouTube MP3 converters directly from your iPhone's browser. However, be cautious, as some free sites may display intrusive advertisements.

4. Are there iPhone apps that can download YouTube videos as MP3 files?

  • While the apps don't specifically state MP3 conversion, "トルミル" has a feature that can convert video to audio. If you're using websites, you can try Video to MP3 converters, YouTube to MP3 converters, or Convert2mp3 to extract MP3 files from YouTube videos and download them to your device.

5. Is it illegal to download YouTube videos on iPhone?

  • Downloading YouTube videos for personal use is generally not considered illegal, but it may violate YouTube's terms of service. It's advisable to review the terms and conditions beforehand when downloading YouTube videos to your iPhone.


The iPhone apps mentioned in this article allow you to save YouTube video caches and enable background and offline playback. Some of them also function as video editing apps. Using these apps, you can enhance your YouTube experience on your iPhone. If you want to save videos directly to your device as MP4 or MP3 files, StreamFab YouTube Downloader Ultimate is recommended. It allows for local downloads, which means you can burn videos to CDs or DVDs or play them offline on tablets or gaming consoles. Enjoy uninterrupted YouTube video enjoyment with these handy tools!

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