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Sep 28, 2011

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube application

by Freddie Harrison

Although you can now watch YouTube videos in Safari, the YouTube app is still a great place to watch and share videos on your iPhone. Here’s our quick guide to making the most of it.

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube applicationiPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube applicationDespite the fact that there are many sites on the web which are designed to host your videos, YouTube remains the undisputed champion in that field. The drawback until recently has been its absolute reliance on Adobe’s Flash, a format deemed unsuitable by Apple for its portable devices. As a result, the YouTube app was born, a place where you can watch H.264 versions of most of the same videos.

With the release of iOS 3.2 for the iPad and 4.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch, the landscape changed slightly and you can now watch YouTube videos straight from your browser, so you may think that the YouTube app is no longer necessary. But the program’s interface is designed to take advantage of your iPhone’s size and touch screen and you may find that it’s often a more pleasant experience than visiting www.youtube.com from Safari.

Through the course of this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to find your way around the program as well as seeing how you can customise the interface to make the program function the way you like it to.

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube application

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube application

Step 1: Menu buttons
You’ll find the interface is sparse, with just five buttons at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the first one to take you to YouTube’s recommendations.

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube application

Step 2: Scrolling through
Videos are shown in a list you can scroll through by swiping your finger up or down the screen. Tapping on one of them will take you to the video.

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube application

Step 3: Re-orientation
You can watch in most orientations: with the home button to the left, right or bottom. Double-tap on the video to take it in and out of Full-screen mode.

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube application

Step 4: Get info
Click on Done (top-left) to be taken to the video’s info page. Swipe down to Rate, Comment or Flag the video.

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube application

Step 5: Comment and sign in
Tap on the Rate, Comment or Flag button. If you aren’t already signed in, you’ll be asked to do so once you’ve clicked on the Send button (top-right).

iPhone Tutorial: Use the YouTube application

Step 6: Making favourites
Tap on the Back button (top-left) to be taken to the video’s summary page. From there, you can add it to your playlist or share it with your friends.

Click on the image below to zoom in and view the annotations.

iPhone Tutorial: The YouTube App Explained
iPhone Tutorial: The YouTube App Explained

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