YouTube for iOS review: The best way to watch YouTube on the go

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The Good The YouTube app for iOS is a great way to keep up with the channels you follow and new video discovery, and new picture-in-picture viewing makes browsing easier.

The Bad Returning to a list of results requires you to use the picture-in-picture function; there is no back button in the new version.

The Bottom Line With its clean design, new picture-in-picture features, and improved browsing, it's hard to argue that there's a better way to watch YouTube videos on iOS devices.


9.4 Overall
  • Setup 10
  • Features 9
  • Interface 9
  • Performance 10

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Editors' note: This review has been updated with new features released in version 2.0 on August 20, 2013.

The YouTube app for iPhone is the standalone app for browsing the site ever since Apple removed its version from the iOS, and frankly, it has been a big improvement. But in the latest update, a redesigned interface and new picture-in-picture video feature that lets you watch while you browse makes the app even better.

Browsing YouTube
Just like the Web site, with the YouTube app you'll be able to upload and watch videos, keep up with your favorite channels, browse your subscriptions and playlists, and much more. The app launches with a feed of videos that is a mix of videos from your subscriptions along with those recommended for you based on your watching habits. A search button in the upper right lets you search by video title, keyword, or tag, and also has a microphone button so you can you say your search term aloud.

If you touch the menu button in the upper left, you get a slide-out interface with a huge list of options divided up into three categories: managing your account and videos, managing your subscriptions, and YouTube video categories. In this latest version the layout for each of the sections is much cleaner, making it easier to get exactly where you want to go.

The YouTube video discovery section consists of a huge list of categories that are excellent for new video discovery. You can check out film and animation videos, music, sports, gaming, comedy, and really anything you can find if you were browsing the YouTube Web site.

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