2 Ways to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone [How-to 2023]

By Andrew | Last updated: Jan 6, 2023

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How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone

Recently, I Googled for how to download YouTube videos on iPhone. Disappointingly, I found that the solutions offered by some famous blog sites like Tom’s Guide, Gadget Hacks, and Tech Radar are either outdated or not working now in 2023.

This is why I write this article.

This is the ultimate guide on how to download YouTube videos on iPhone in 2023.

I’m going to show you 2 ways that have been proven effective:

So if you’re looking for ways to download YouTube videos to your iPhone, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s dive right in!

Method 1. How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone Online

This section is all about the specific guide on how to download YouTube videos on iPhone with Documents by Readdle and the Free YouTube Downloader.

They are the two tools that I use and recommend because they are pretty easy and effective.

Each is indispensable to make the download possible.

● Documents by Readdle is a free, safe iOS file manager that features a built-in browser and downloader. Go to the App Store and download Documents.

Documents by Readdle on App Store

Free YouTube Downloader is a web-based, free service for you to download YouTube videos.

Download YouTube videos

It’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of the guide:

Download YouTube Videos on iPhone Online

  • Open the browser.
    • It’s easy to find the browser button in Documents. It lies at the lower right corner and the icon looks like a compass.Documents built-in browser
  • Find the YouTube video.
    • There are 2 ways to find YouTube videos – keywords or URLs.
    • Let’s start with Method 1.
    • Firstly, hit the Compass icon of Documents to use the browser. Type www.amoyshare.com/free-youtube-downloader in the address bar.AmoyShare free YouTube downloader URL entered on Documents
    • Secondly, type some words about the YouTube video in the search bar, and tap Search for the result. All the results displayed are relevant to the words you typed in. A song, artist, or lyrics can be used as keywords. This method is for a rough search. It is convenient because you will get a wide selection of results to choose from. It also keeps you out of trouble in copying a link from YouTube.Search YouTube video via keywords
      • If you just need the exact result, you can copy the link from YouTube. Method 2 is for this purpose.
      • Copy the video URL from the YouTube app on your iPhone. Re-enter Free YouTube Downloader in Documents, and paste the URL in the search box. Tap Search for the YouTube video.Search YouTube via URL
  • Download YouTube video on iPhone
    • Tap the Download button that has a drop-down symbol. You will find several audio and video quality options. Select a video quality option and tap the Download button on the right side.Download YouTube video
      • Here, a pop-up window will ask you to rename the file. Touch the row named “Save to:” to change the saved path, when necessary. Once it is hit, you will be provided with several options to save the file.Save file interface of Documents by Readdle
      • You can save it to iTunes Files, Downloads of Documents, or Documents – iCloud. You can also expand the range by creating a new folder. Simply tap the Create button at the top right corner. Choose or create a folder and return to the Save File interface. Hit Done at the top right corner to initiate the download, and the file will be saved to the target file you’ve set.Select Folder interface of Documents by Readdle
  • Here you got it. Go to My Files at the bottom left corner of Documents. Tap the file to enjoy the YouTube video. For instance, I chose iTunes Files just now, so I need to find the downloaded video in iTunes Files.iTunes Files of Documents by Readdle


I showed the steps on my iPhone 7. This guide on “how to download YouTube videos on iPhone” applies equally to all iPhone models:

iPhone 6/iPhone 7/iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus/iPhone XR/

iPhone X/iPhone XS/iPhone XS Max/iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro

More upcoming iPhone models…

That is to say, if someone needs a guide on how to download YouTube videos on iPhone 11, he will catch the gist from this post.

Here, I’d like to share a bonus tip with you: how to save YouTube videos to iPhone camera roll. It would be cool if the YouTube video is stored in your iPhone albums.

How to Save YouTube Videos to iPhone Camera Roll?

It is almost done in Method 1. What’s left is to copy the file to the iPhone camera roll.

So without further ado, follow me now!

  • Re-enter Documents>My Files, and head over to My Files.My Files of Documents by Readdle
  • Open iTunes Files. Tap the ellipsis of the file. Select Copy.Downloaded file copied from iTunes Files
  • Select Photos in the Copy to interface. Tap Copy on the top right corner.File copied to photos
    • You made it!
  • Open My Albums of your iPhone. The video file you’ve downloaded is there. You can enjoy the video offline anywhere.

This is the only method that works to save YouTube videos to iPhone camera roll in 2023.

Method 2. How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone App

You’ve got how to download YouTube videos on iPhone using Documents mentioned above.

How about downloading YouTube videos on iPhone using a computer?

In this section, I will run you through how to download YouTube videos on iPhone using app. Two desktop apps are required.

One is AnyUTube, one of the best YouTube downloader apps for Android, Windows and Mac.

The other is iTunes, a media player and library developed by Apple.

If you prefer to operate on a computer and copy the downloaded file to your iPhone, this section is exactly what you need.

First off, install AnyUTube on your computer.


All-in-one YouTube downloader & converter

  • for Windows 10/8/7
  • for Mac OS X 14+
  • for Android

After AnyUTube is installed, access to the app.

AnyUTube video downloader

If the button fails to work, you can still install the desktop app from AmoyShare. Open a web browser. Type amoyshare.com/anyutube/ in the address bar and press Enter. Click on the Free Download button to install.

Then, install iTunes if you don’t have it.

Get iTunes right now

Now, let’s get down to business.

  • Enter keywords to search for the YouTube video you want. Alternatively, you can paste a URL to search.YouTube search result
  • Click on the Download button, then you can save the YouTube videos to 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, 480p, or 360p resolution. Pick the desired one and hit the Download button beneath. Then the download is in progress.
  • Copy the file.
    • Go to the Downloaded tab, then hit the file icon to open the YouTube video you just saved. Next, right-click on the file to copy it.Copy YouTube file
    • Right-click on the file and copy it.Downloaded file copied from local
  • Paste the file to iTunes.
    • Head over to This PC>Music>iTunes Media>Automatically Add to iTunes. Open Automatically Add to iTunes. Right-click in the blank and choose Paste to paste the file to this folder.Downloaded file pasted to automatically add to iTunes
    • Then, return to This PC>Music>iTunes Media.
    • In this folder, you will find a new folder named Home Videos. Open it, and the video file is there.Shape of you in iTunes home videos
  • Send the file to the iPhone.
    • Open iTunes, and log in with the same account as you use for your iPhone.
    • Connect your iPhone and the PC with a USB cable. You will be asked to trust this computer on your iPhone. Choose Trust.iPhone trust this computer
    • Meanwhile, iTunes on your PC requires you to allow this computer to access information on your iPhone. Click on Continue.iTunes connected to iPhone on PC
    • Find the video in Library>Movies>Home Videos. Right-click on the video and select Add to Device to send the video to your iPhone.iTunes add to device
  • Sync the video to iPhone.
    • Return to Library, click on the iPhone icon on the left side of Library.iPhone file manager on iTunes
    • Select Movies from Settings. Check Sync Movies and the video. Click on the Sync button.Sync movies on iTunes
    • You got it!
    • Open Apple TV on your iPhone.Apple TV on iPhone
    • The video you’ve synced is in Library>Home Videos. Enjoy!Synced video file in Apple TV


Apple sorts all items that you’ve imported into iTunes, created in iTunes, and purchased from iTunes into audio and video files. You can find the files in Apple Music and Apple TV respectively.

To be specific, if you download the YouTube video to MP3 and import the audio file to iTunes, you should find it in Apple Music on your iPhone. If you download the video in MP4, enjoy it on the Apple TV app.


Now, it’s your turn to follow the instructions above on how to download YouTube videos on iPhone, either online or using desktop apps, and how to save YouTube videos to iPhone Camera roll.

It is a piece of cake once you know how.

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