11 responses

  1. Louie
    February 11, 2018

    I’m glad to see this tip, as I’m one of those users that sometimes wants to see the youtube videos right there in the safari browser instead of switching to the app. However, I’ve noticed that option 1 doesn’t usually work when tapping on links to youtube videos if the youtube app has been installed and in use for some time. The “open this page in youtube” prompt does not appear and the youtube app is immediately launched instead. For such a case there’s an alternative workaround to option 1:

    1. Go to Safari and load the page where the link is located
    2. Tap on the sharing button and select “request desktop site”
    3. Tap on the link to the youtube video. It will now load within safari instead of attemting to launch the app (and it will load using the m.youtube.com mobile website).

  2. Louie
    February 11, 2018

    Glad to see this tip. Unfortunately option 1 doesn’t work for me (and probably for many others) because I never get the “open this page in youtube” prompt. Instead, the youtube app immediately opens without asking when I tap on a link to a youtube video. Therefore, the only workaround I found was to tap on the sharing button and then on ‘request desktop site’ before I tap on the link. That way the video loads up in Safari instead of loading the youtube app.

  3. Louie
    February 11, 2018

    Thanks for the tip. There’s another way to prevent the youtube app from being launched upon tapping on a link:

    1. Open Safari (or other browser) and load the page with the youtube link.
    2. tap on the sharing button and then on ‘request desktop site’
    3. Once the page finishes loading, tap on the youtube link. It will now open within safari as opposed to launching the app.

  4. Anne
    February 11, 2018

    It’s not just YouTube. Many companies harass you endlessly to download their app.

    In some cases the app is quite good and you may prefer it.

    In other cases (Instagram comes to mind) it’s useless. Meant for a phone and not much effort even for phone version.

    I use the hand over quite a bit but I find it unpredictable.

    At times, I have app installed but it takes me to the App store anyway.

    Other times it will ask about opening the App.

    It’s flaky. I can’t figure out a pattern.

    Generally entering the URL will permit you stay on Safari.

    • Louie
      February 12, 2018

      Yeah but most others still give you the option to use the website instead of launching the app. Youtube doesn’t. If you have their app installed, it will automatically launch without even asking when you tap on a link to a video while browsing the net. The only workaround to this is requesting the desktop site before you tap on that link. Then it will open within Safari.

  5. butchM
    February 11, 2018

    I haven’t had the YouTube app on any of my devices since it became possible to delete it … haven’t missed it one bit … and I watch a ton of videos on YouTube. I just do it in Safari. Works great.

  6. Steve
    February 12, 2018

    Why would you want to not use the app. I can’t see the point in using the website??

    • Louie
      February 12, 2018

      Well if you are specifically going to watch a video, I agree with you. However if you are browsing a website and run into a link to a youtube video, it is indeed a bit annoying to have to leave the browser just to see the video. In any case, in addition to the methods described above the automatic launch of the youtube app may be avoided by using the ‘request desktop site’ feature in Safari to load the desktop version of the website before tapping on the link.

  7. User
    February 12, 2018

    I wish there was a way to prevent links from being opened in Mobile Safari automatically when tapped.

    Is it too much to ask for Apple to finally give iOS users control over default handlers?

    There are uses who prefer to use alternatives to Apple’s apps/clients.

  8. Ann-Louise Winter
    February 24, 2018

    I have the opposite problem. When I tap a link it opens the video in the browser. At the top I get the option to to app. But when I do, it takes me instead to the App Store. When I tap Open from there I don’t get the video. Yet others have the YouTube app open automatically. How do I set it up some that it automatically goes to the app?

    • tin
      February 26, 2018

      You must download and install the YouTube app for iOS to open the links into YouTube app. It’s opening App Store so you can download YouTube.

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