When it comes to downloading videos on iPhone or iPad, the most familiar way you’ve known probably is to save videos to a computer then use iTunes to transfer them to your device.
Actually, you can save videos from the Internet, Youtube, Twitter… directly to your iPhone or iPad by using a video downloader app, without involving a computer.
In this post, I’ll show you a tweaked app call Youtube++ and three download manager apps for iOS. They are capable of downloading videos from popular sites like Youtube, Twitter or any videos that have direct URLs. Read on to know more.
1. Youtube Downloader App for iPhone
Youtube++ is a modified version of the official Youtube app that lets you save Youtube videos to your Camera Roll for watching offline. Since it’s a tweaked app, it’s available to install only from third-party sources like TweakBox or TutuApp. Follow the instructions below to install the app.
Step 1: Open Safari, go to tweakboxapp.com. Then tap on the “DOWNLOAD APP” button on the web page.
Step 2: You’ll be prompted to install a configuration profile. Tap “Allow” and follow the instructions to install the profile. You may need to type in your passcode to confirm installation. After installing, you’ll see the TweakBox app’s icon on the Home screen. Launch it.
Step 3: Switch to the “APPS” tab, select “Tweaked Apps”, search for “Youtube++” and install it.
Step 4: Once you’ve installed the app successfully, you need to trust the app developer to be able to open it. Go to Settings → General → Profile & Device Management, find the developer of “Youtube++” and trust them. Now you can start using the app.
To use Youtube++, just find the video you want to download, tap on the Download button beneath the video → Save with ++, then select the video quality, you can even choose to save audio in this step. Once the process finishes, you can find your video in the “Downloads ” tab, from there, you can choose to play and save it to Camera Roll as well.
Note that Youtube++ is a tweaked app and it may get revoked by Apple anytime. If you can’t install the app or it suddenly stops working, you can try installing from other sources, or wait for a few days while the owner of the source, TweakBox, fix the issues.
2. Using Free Download Manager Apps
The first two apps are Documents and Downloader. Each one can be installed from the App Store for free. These apps are a web browser or include a web browser that allows users to save files from the Internet. When you access a URL of a file, they will let you download the file and save locally. Therefore, you can also use them to download videos and save to Camera Roll.
For example, if a URL of a video is http://example.com/path/video.mp4, you just need to copy and paste this URL into the web browser of either of the two apps, it’ll give you an option to save the video instead of just playing it.
Documents by Readdle is one of the top-notch apps for file management on iOS devices. With the extra download management features, it also can be considered as a solid contender in the iOS downloader app arena.
The app comes with a built-in web browser which you can access by tapping the small compass icon on the toolbar (On iPhone this is in the bottom righthand corner; on iPad, it’s in the lefthand menu). To download a file, for example, a video, you just need to access the direct URL to it. Documents will not play the video but bring up a Save dialogue box.
Feel free to rename the file, or change the folder. As soon as you tap Save, your video/file will start to download. Open the Downloads section of the app, you can see the downloading file there with an X to cancel. Once the video is saved, this X will be replaced by a little eye, tap on it to open the folder containing the file.
By default, Documents will save all the files downloaded from the web browser to the folder named “Downloads” in the Documents section. You can watch your video from within the app as it can also act as a video player. Or you can copy the video to Camera Roll if you want to safely save it.
In the Documents section, you’ll find a folder named “Photo Albums”. It’s the folder that represents the stock Photos app. So, in order to move your video to Camera Roll, you just need to move the file to this folder. Just click on the three-dot, select move, then select “All Photos” → “Move to All Photos”.
Once done, you can open the Photos app and watch the video from there. It’s safer to save your videos to Camera Roll since if you delete the Documents, all data and documents of it will be deleted as well.
Not only is it a powerful file manager app, Documents have much more powerful features such as document viewer & editor, zip extractor, cloud service manager. This app is really helpful for all iOS users at all levels and so, it is my first recommendation. If you want a free video downloader that provides a simpler way to import videos to Camera Roll, then the next app may be what you’re looking for.
Videos on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook…
If you want to save videos from Twitter, Youtube, Facebook,… you’ll need the help of some helper tools that can generate download links from these social media sites. You can read more about it in our existing posts:
Downloader, as the name suggests, is an exclusive app for managing downloads on iOS devices. The app is not as versatile as Documents, but if you just want to save videos to your iPhone/iPad to Camera Roll and watch offline, it is still an option worth taking a look at.
Unlike Documents, this app will let you stream and play the video on the web browser when you access its direct URL, instead of showing a saving dialogue box instantly. While viewing the video, if you want to save it, just tap the download button located in the center of the toolbar.
Videos can be found in the Documents section. To export videos to the Camera Roll, find it in the Downloads folder, then tap on the “i” button beside the file name, which stands for “Info”. Downloader will bring up the file’s properties and some options. Now tap on the share button in the top-right corner, and select “Save Video”.
Downloader also supports extra features for downloading such as multiple concurrent & background downloads, download resuming. So, if you’re looking for a powerful downloads manager, you should absolutely consider trying this app.
Those are the two free download manager apps you can install from the App Store. But I haven’t accomplished the post yet. I’ve just discovered a new app that provides you with more powerful features. However, it is not available on the App Store and we have to install it via third-party sources. Let me show you how to install this amazing app on your device.
Maybe you’re wondering why this app is not published on the App Store. Well, the reason is that DoDa-HD also offers you the ability to download videos directly from many websites like Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion,… And this contravenes App Store’s guidelines.
That’s all about its functionality, here comes the installation part.
Step 1: Open Safari and Go to https://ftios.vn/install/. Then select “English” > “Allow” to let the website install its configuration profile.
Step 2: Follow the instructions, you’ll have the profile installed. Now you’ll see “ftOS” icon on the Home screen. Open it. Switch to “ftStore” tab.
Step 3: Select “Utilities for iPhone” and search for “video downloader”, then tap “Install” to install it. Once you’ve installed successfully, if you open the DoDa-HD app and get the “Untrusted Enterprise Developer…” pop-up, go to Settings > General > (Profiles & ) Device Management. In the “Enterprise Apps” section, find the developer that DoDa-HD belongs to and trust it. Now you can start using this app to download any videos you like.
The app is basically a web browser but it lets you choose to download a video when you play it. For example, if you want to save a video from Youtube, you just need to go to https://youtube.com and play the video you want to save. The app will play the video normally but at the beginning, it’ll show you the options to save the video in various quality standards. DoDa also lets you export videos to Camera Roll.
The way to install DoDa-HD may change in the future, due to Apple’s restrictions, but I’ll try to update new instructions, as well as similar apps as soon as possible.
Do you love saving videos onto your iPhone? What ways do you use? Let us know in the comments below!