Downloading videos from the Internet to iPhone or iPad can be very frustrating, especially for new iOS users. I know.
No more frustration. Today, I’m going to show you the video downloader apps that I’ve been using to download videos from Youtube, DailyMotion, Twitter,… or any website…
…And save them to the Photos app on my iPhone X. Of course, you can do it on any iPhone or iPad model, as long as they’re capable of installing one of the apps below.
Some apps are not available to install from the App Store. But don’t worry, you can easily install them from third-parties. Just keep reading and find the app that suits your needs.
Every app in the list is FREE to download.
1. Vida+ (formerly DoDa HD)
Download videos from any website and save them directly to the Photos app.
Vida+ is my favorite video downloading app. It was formerly named DoDa and only available to download outside of the App Store.
Now you can download it for free from the App Store without any hassle. The app is very easy to use.
Vida+ has a built-in web browser. You need to use it to go to the webpage that contains the video you wish to download.
Just play the video.
Then the app will display an ad, simply close it. The download options will pop up, allowing you to save the video with its qualities available.
You can download up to 4K quality videos. But this is not recommended on iPhone 7 and earlier models.
Once you have chosen the video quality, Vida+ will add it to the queue and start downloading it. After the video is downloaded, you can find it in the Downloaded Video section.
You can tap on the Share button below each video to open the Share sheet. I love this feature!
From there you can save your videos to Camera Roll, AirDrop to other devices or export them to other applications.
There is also a “Convert to MP3” button that allows you to save the soundtrack separately from downloaded videos. So if you want to download music from Youtube, you can use this app as well.
Vida+ makes downloading videos on iOS devices become so much easier and features lots of powerful functions.
Documents by Readdle is one of the top-notch file managers for iOS devices. With the extra download management features, it also can be considered as a solid option.
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 then bring up a Save dialogue box like in the screenshot below.
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.
If you want to download videos from Youtube, Twitter, Facebook,… using this app, you can too. Its web browser can be coupled with an online download website like SaveFrom.net to help you save videos from these sites.
Just copy the URL of the video you’d like to save, open the web browser, go to “SaveFrom.net” and paste the URL in the box. SaveFrom will generate download links for you in a matter of seconds. Now you can start downloading it as normally.
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 also features a built-in media player. Or you can copy the video to Camera Roll.
To move your downloaded video to Camera Roll, click on the three-dot next to the file, select “Move”, then select “Camera Roll” → “Move to Camera Roll”.
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.
MyMedia is not as versatile as Documents, but if all you need is a download manager app that can help you download videos quickly, it is an option worth taking a look at.
Unlike Documents, this app lets you choose whether to download the file or play it when you access its direct URL, instead of instantly showing a saving dialogue box.
If you select “Open”, the app will stream and play the video normally. If you select “Download the file”, it will prompt you to name the file and start downloading.
Downloaded videos can be found in the Media tab. When you tap on a file, MyMedia will bring up the menu including several options, such as play the video, save to Camera Roll, Open in Other Apps, and Export File.
MyMedia works the same way as Documents. Therefore, you can alternatively use it to download videos from Youtube, Facebook, Twitter,… using the method shown above.
MyMedia 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
4. Youtube++: Youtube Downloader App
Youtube++ is basically 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 only available to install from third-party sources like TweakBox or TutuApp. You can 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 it. 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.
Youtube++ is dedicated to downloading videos from Youtube. If you want to download videos from other social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,… you can try their modified apps like Facebook++, Instagram++, Twitter++,…
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.
Those are our favorite video downloading apps. Which app do you like the most? Or do you know any app that does a better job of saving videos on iOS devices? Either way, let us know in the comments below!