If you want to put videos on your iPhone or iPad and watch them on the go, the most familiar way you’ve heard of probably is to use iTunes. But actually, you can download any videos you like directly to your iPhone or iPad, without using a computer or jailbreaking it.
Although the Safari web browser doesn’t have any feature integrated for downloading files, there are other (video downloader) apps on the App Store can help you deal with this issue.
The first two apps I’m going to show you in this article provide the ability to save files from the Internet. You can use them to download any videos as long as you have the direct URLs of the videos. If you want to download Youtube or Twitter videos, you’ll need using a helper tool. I’ll show you step-by-step instructions below.
The third app is not available to download from the App Store but it’s easy to install. The app offers a more intuitive way to download videos from many popular sites like Youtube, Twitter, Vimeo,… And because of this, it’s not allowed by Apple. Downloading videos to your iOS device is actually pretty easy once you know how. Keep reading the post and find the app that suits you best.
How to save videos from the Internet to iPhone & iPad
Before we start diving into each app’s details, here’s something you should know. These apps basically are web browsers but what differentiates them from Safari or Chrome is the ability to save files when you access the URL pointing to the file (URLs that have a file extension at the end).
For example, if a URL to a video is http://example.com/path/video.mp4, you just need to copy and paste this URL into a video downloader app shown below, it’ll let you save the video instead of just playing it.
If you want to download videos from Twitter, Youtube, Facebook,… you’ll need the help of some third-party tools that can generate download links from these social media sites. You can read more about it in our existing posts:
These apps are actually more multifunctional than just a video downloader. As long as you have a URL to a file, they can download and save it locally, no matter what file type it is. Some apps also have extra features like file management, file transferring, passcode setting,… Read on to know more.
Documents: The best free video downloader for iPhone
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 downloader app arena.
In the bottom-right corner of the app’s interface, you’ll find an icon that lets you slide a full web browser into view. This built-in web browser is only used for saving files or web pages so it doesn’t have to be multifunctional like Safari or Chrome.
To download videos or any file types using Documents, you just need to access the link to the file or click and hold on it. The app will then let you change the file name and choose a folder to save it. You can choose to download a file into a directory within the app or even save it to iCloud.
Once you’re done, tap the “Save” button, Documents will start downloading the file immediately and save it into the pre-selected directory if successful.
By default, Documents will save all the downloaded files from the web browser to the folder named “Downloads”. You can watch your downloaded video within the app as Documents also supports video player. Or you can also copy it to Camera Roll if you don’t want to rely on the app’s local storage.
Within the Documents app, you’ll see a folder named “Photo Albums”. It’s the folder that represents the stock Photos app. So, to move a video to Camera Roll, just find in the “Downloads” folder and move the video to the “Photo Albums” folder. You can also quickly move files by a dragging and dropping affair. Once done, you can launch 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 in the future, all videos saved in it will be deleted as well.
Not only is it a powerful file & download manager app, Documents have much more essential 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 download videos to Camera Roll, then the next app may be what you’re looking for.
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, Downloader is still an option worth taking a look at.
Unlike Documents, Downloader will let you play the video on the web browser when you access to its URL, instead of showing a saving pop-up instantly. After viewing the video, if you want to save it, just tap the download button located in the center of the toolbar.
Downloaded videos can be found in the Documents area. 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 video downloaders for iPhone 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 a more powerful downloading feature. 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.
DoDa-HD: The Youtube video downloader app for iPhone
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”. Choose the Video Downloader app and then tap “Install”. 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, it can act as a Youtube video downloader. 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. After downloading, you can export it to Camera Roll as well.
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!