YouTube is an official mobile application for the world’s largest online video streaming platform of the same name. Launched by Google LLC and preceded by the mobile version of the site in 2007, the app came out in 2012.
Mobile application for YouTube allows you quick and easy access to most of the site-based version’s functions. You can watch, upload and live-stream videos, give likes and leave comments, create public or private playlists of your own and subscribe to the channels you like.
There is also a bunch of features that make the mobile app even better than the site. Those are options like setting limits for mobile-data usage, reminders to take a break or to go to bed, muting playback when browsing feed, or customizing the time of daily digest delivery. User-friendly interface adopted for smartphones is easy to get a grasp on and includes useful functions like night mode, double-tap to seek and zoom to full screen.
Although the free version of the app contains all of the features listed above, the subscription to Premium account allows to use the app in a wider variety of ways. Along with access to YouTube Originals and possibilities to watch videos without ads or even download them, which are available on the site version as well, the mobile application also allows playing videos while other tabs are opened or the screen is off.
Personalization of content
As when using the site version, data about your activity in the YouTube app is stored in your Google Account. Recommendations of videos you receive, originally are based not only on watch and search history in the app, but also on usage of other Google services, but you can choose not to save it or to use only certain parts of it. Ads you are shown also are personalized, but you can either turn the personalization off or choose only few of the factors you want it to be based on.
We would recommend YouTube official application to everybody who wants to enjoy various video-content on their mobile devices. It’s pretty easy to use, and if your goal is mainly to watch videos online, the free version would be more than enough. However, if offline access to some materials is a must, you may choose Premium.
Simple, intuitive interface
Wide range of free content
Function of adding reminders for a break or bedtime
Personalization based on parameters of your choice
Irremovable adds in the middle of the videos (free version)