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How to save YouTube videos to iPhone Camera Roll

What if you want to save a YouTube video and watch it on your iPhone's Camera Roll? We'll show you how, and it doesn't require jailbreaking or anything shady.

How to save YouTube videos to iPhone Camera Roll

Easy Ways to Download YouTube Videos to iPhone Camera Roll 

Any iPhone app in the App Store that lets you download YouTube videos directly won't last long. You should avoid using any of them, as Apple will remove them soon.

First, install the free Documents by Readdle app. It is a file manager with an integrated web browser, which makes it useful for the purpose of downloading YouTube videos and transferring them to the Camera Roll folder.

Next, browse for the YouTube video that you want to download. You can use the official YouTube app and just open the video, click on it then select Copy link.

Once the link is copied, open the Documents app. You may have to go through a brief introduction the first time you use it, and may skip the offer to upgrade to the premium version of the app.

Once you're inside Documents, tap the Safari icon in the lower right corner to open the app's default browser. Then browse websites that can download YouTube videos, such as YT1s. These sites can come and go, so search Google for something similar if this page stops working.

Saving YouTube Videos to Your iPhone

On the download site, tap inside the Search field or paste the YouTube link here , then select Paste to add the link to your YouTube video. Tap the Convert button to get started.

After a few moments, the site will generate a download link for your video. Tap the MP4 video drop-down menu to review the available options and sizes. In our example, the 1080p video is about 95MB in size, while the 480p version is only 20MB. You'll also see the MP3 title if you only want to download the audio.

Tap Get link when you're satisfied, then hit Download when ready. This will bring up the Documents window with storage preferences.

And you can uncheck the Ask me slider every time if you want to save your next download to the same folder automatically.

Click to download YouTube videos to iPhone. If you want to check the progress, tap the Downloads button in the bottom toolbar of the Documents app.

Move YouTube Videos to Your Camera Roll

Now, you just need to move the downloaded videos to the Camera Roll folder. The Documents app also makes this easy.

Tap the Folder icon in the lower-left corner of the app to leave the web browser and return to the file manager. Next, open your Downloads folder, which will appear under the main My Files heading.

Press the ellipsis icon below the file you just downloaded, then select Move. On the Move to page, you'll see a Photos folder under My Files. Tap Photos to check it out. Due to the privacy features in modern versions of iOS, you will be asked to grant Documents access to access your photos. Tap Allow Access to All Photos for it to work properly. Once done, hit the Move button on the top right to complete the process.

iOS Access Photo Document

You have successfully downloaded YouTube videos to your Camera Roll now. To view them, open the Photos app on your phone. Your new video will appear in the Recent folder on the Albums tab, as well as the Video options under Media Type at the bottom.

It is also the newest item under Library all photos. If you want, you can also open the video in the Docs app for some additional options.

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Other Ways to Save YouTube Videos to Your iPhone

We covered the Camera Roll method above because a lot of people want to save YouTube videos directly to that folder. But this is not the only way to download YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPad.

As we mentioned earlier, YouTube Premium has several benefits. One of the biggest ones is that you can download videos offline to watch whenever you want. If you regularly watch offline videos on your iPhone, the monthly fee is worth the convenience. Plus, this is the official method, so you don't risk any activity that violates the rules.

You just need to tap Download on any video in the app. This will save all your downloaded videos in one place for easy viewing. However, you cannot export them for viewing outside the YouTube app, and the videos will expire if you cancel YouTube Premium.

If you don't want to pay for Premium, you can use the bulk YouTube downloader on your desktop, which is faster. Once you have the converted videos on your computer, transfer the files to your iPhone via a USB cable or using the wireless method.

Failing that, you can use a clunky but doable workaround to record your iPhone screen while playing videos. However, this requires you to play the entire video, which is not ideal. It also doesn't give you the best quality for videos.

Download YouTube Videos to iPhone and Watch Anywhere

With this method, you can save YouTube videos to your iPhone so you don't have to rely on the YouTube app or service to watch them. The Camera Roll method is the best for most people, as it's easy to access and you don't need to transfer any files.

There's a lot to watch on YouTube, so make sure you stay up-to-date with the best YouTube channels if you're not sure what to download.