YouTube’s video sharing and messaging feature is now rolling out globally on iOS

Earlier this year, YouTube launched a new private video sharing feature for the service on mobile. After first launching in Canada and then expanding to the rest of North America, the Shared tab is now rolling out globally.

This shared functionality manifests as a fifth tab in the bottom bar of the YouTube mobile apps for iOS and Android. Users can have individual threads, as well as larger groups to privately share, like, and comment on videos. Videos shared in these threads will easily play online.

Starting today, you can share videos with your friends and family directly on YouTube. Not only can you share and receive videos within the app, but you can also discuss them directly on YouTube, reply with another video, invite others to the conversation, and more. We think this will make sharing easier, faster, and more fun on your phone. And if you want to continue sharing videos through other apps, you can still do that too.

To send a video, users can still use the old sharing workflow. The Share panel now has a carousel at the top of your YouTube contacts for immediate sending.

YouTube notes that feedback it has received over the past year has resulted in some improvements to functionality. At the moment, it is still limited to mobile on Android and iOS clients. The absence of a similar feature on the desktop is odd.

YouTube is free to download from the App Store.

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Shirley K. Rosa