2 Ways to Download YouTube Videos to iPhone Camera Roll

Rosa Reyes
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YouTube is one of the most visited websites around the world. It enables users to watch, upload, and share videos online. What if you want to enjoy YouTube videos on your iPhone 10, 11, 12, 13, etc. offline? Although subscribing to YouTube Premium can download videos, it costs you a monthly fee. In this article, we will go over how to download YouTube videos to iPhone camera roll in the best ways.


iPhone-Compatible Formats

The videos downloaded from YouTube may be in various formats, like MP4, MKV, FLV, etc. You should clearly understand the video and audio formats supported by the iPhone.

Video Formats:

1. H.264 video:

Up to 1080p (1920 x1080 pixels), 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2/4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

2. Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) Video:

Up to 35 Mbps, 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.

3. Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) Video:

Up to 35 Mbps, 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.

Audio formats:

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.

Download YouTube Videos to iPhone Format on Mac

You can download YouTube video to iPhone-supported format via a video downloader for Mac. Then transfer the downloaded YouTube videos to iPhone camera roll.

There are lots of programs to download YouTube videos to iPhone on Mac, and Cisdem Video Converter is the ideal choice we recommend. It's a comprehensive toolbox for video downloading, converting, DVD ripping. It lets you enjoy lots of benefits of other features other than downloading online videos from all popular media websites, for example, you can convert videos to iPhone, rip DVD to iPhone, edit video for better effects, etc. In all, it is an all-side toolbox for media tasks.

Steps to Download YouTube Videos to iPhone on Mac:

Step 1Switch to the Download Interface

Download Cisdem Video Converter to your Mac. After installation, launch it.

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Click button to go to the interface of video downloader.

download interface

Step 2Copy and Paste the URL of the YouTube Video

Grab the URL straight from the YouTube video you would like to download and paste it into the blank box at the bottom of the Cisdem Video Converter.

Step 3Download YouTube Videos

Click download icon button to download a YouTube video. The software supports batch processing. You can continue to add more YouTube videos to the download queue.

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Cisdem YouTube downloader for iPhone will automatically download YouTube videos to MP4 format, which is actually compatible with iPhone.

Step 4Transfer YouTube Videos from Mac to iPhone Camera Roll

Connect iPhone to Mac via USB cable. For users of Mojave or before, transfer videos in iTunes. For users of Catalina or higher, navigate to Finder to make transmissions.

transfer youtube videos to iphone

Alternatively, using Apple’s AirDrop feature to transfer downloaded YouTube videos, which is only for users of iOS 8 or later and OS X Yosemite or above.

Tip 1. Preview YouTube Videos

You can see thumbnails, video original formats, size, duration, and resolutions of all downloaded YouTube videos. Double-click the thumbnails to preview them.

Tip 2. Convert YouTube Videos to Other Formats

The software has two main interfaces. The first one is for video converting and DVD ripping. Switch to the first interface and load the YouTube videos by drag-n-drop from the local folder. Click the profile icon to open the formats list, all formats are well categorized by the terminal player devices, like Apple Device, Apple Software, Game Console, Mobile Phone, etc. For example, to download YouTube video to iPhone, click “Apple Device” > “iPhone”, and then choose your iPhone model.

convert youtube videos to iphone

Tip 3. Edit Video for Better Look

You are capable of do some editing for the original YouTube video before conversion. Click one of the “edit” icon, and a new editing window will pop up from where you can crop video, add watermark/subtitle, 3D effect, etc.

edit youtube videos

How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone Directly?

#1 Using a third-party YouTube Downloader for iPhone

Youtube++ is an exceptional iPhone YouTube downloader that's designed to make watching and downloading YouTube videos. It empowers you to block ads, set video playback speed, disable age restrictions, download YouTube videos to iPhone, etc. However, it’s:

  • Only available on third-party sources like TweakBox, TutuApp, or Sideload.CC
  • Unable to download videos from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. on iPhone

Step 1. Go to your iPhone “Settings” > “Background App Refresh”, and make sure it’s on “Wi-Fi & Mobile Data.

Step 2. Download Youtube++ from TweakBox or other 3rd-party app stores.

Step 3. Open a YouTube video and you will get the download feature beneath the video.

Step 4. Tap “Download” button > “Save with ++” > select the video quality.

download youtube videos to iphone via youtube++

Once completed, find the YouTube video in the " Downloads" tab and you can also save it to your iPhone camera roll.

#2 Download YouTube Video to iPhone Online

BitDownloader.com is a free online tool that enables you to download videos from 300+ websites, including YouTube, Funny Or Die, Brightcove, Pandora TV, and so on. This online YouTube downloader for iPhone is easy to use. You can finish the task without installing extra software or registering for an account. But when you download YouTube video to iPhone, there will be some shortcomings:

  • The free version merely supports downloading YouTube video up to 720p (To download a 4k video, you can only choose “Download Video without Sound”)
  • Doesn’t allow the simultaneous download of files
  • Can’t download YouTube music video
  • Limited output formats

Step 1. Visit https://bitdownloader.com/ in your browser.

Step 2. Copy the URL of a YouTube video you wish to download.

Step 3. Paste the URL to the blank column of BitDownloader.com, and tap the “Search” button to analyze the video link.

Step 4. Tap the “Download (720p MP4)” option.

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Closing Words

The article introduces how to download YouTube videos to iPhone. If you intend to download YouTube straightly on your iPhone, then the YouTube downloader for iPhone will do you a great favor. But we can easily know that both YouTube++ and BitDownloader.com have some cons. So if you don't mind more operations, Cisdem Video Converter for Mac should be a perfect solution, which helps you download any online videos and convert them to any mainstream formats in high quality.

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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