Watch YouTube videos on your Apple Watch with WatchTube

Apple Watch lets you do a lot of things without your iPhone nearby, like listening to songs, reading and sending messages, and even answering calls. But if you want to do something like watch a video, you’ll probably need your phone — well, not anymore. With WatchTube, you can watch YouTube videos directly from your Apple Watch.

WatchTube is a new app that, as the name suggests, lets you watch just about any YouTube video on the Apple Watch. And the best part is that it works as expected.

The app doesn’t require any complicated settings or even a setup process from your iPhone. You can download WatchTube and use it directly from the watchOS App Store. Once the app is installed on your watch, open it and you are ready to watch YouTube videos.

The interface is surprisingly good for a platform as complex as YouTube. Users will find four different sections in the app: Home, Search, Library, and Settings. Just like the official YouTube app, Home displays trending videos on the platform. If preferred, the app allows users to choose a specific category of videos to display on the homepage.

The built-in search works particularly well with the Apple Watch Series 7 keyboard. Of course, you can also use dictation and doodling to search for a video in the app. Just like the real YouTube, WatchTube’s search highlights the best results for videos and channels.

With WatchTube, users can even subscribe to channels and save videos to find them later in the Library tab. Unfortunately, the WatchTube library is entirely local, which means you can’t link it to your YouTube account. Luckily, the app provides a QR code so you can share and access a specific video on another device like your iPhone or iPad.

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Along with these features, WatchTube also supports video subtitles and even has options to change the text size. Videos load quickly on the Apple Watch – and if you don’t have AirPods or Bluetooth headphones, the app uses the Apple Watch’s built-in speaker.

According to Developer WatchTubea future update will add an audio-only mode so you can listen to songs on YouTube without having to keep the Apple Watch screen on.

You probably won’t watch YouTube videos on your Apple Watch for real, but it’s a fun thing to do and it shows how far technology has come. Personally, I never imagined being able to stream videos on a watch.

If you want to try WatchTube, it is available for free on the App Store. The app requires an Apple Watch running watchOS 6 or later.

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Shirley K. Rosa