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Is it possible to get the original YouTube iPad app back?

Asked by 2davidc8 (10189points) February 21st, 2013

When I first bought my iPad (3rd gen), it came with iOS 5, and it came with a built-in YouTube app (on the main page).
When iOS 5 was “upgraded” to version 6, that YouTube app disappeared, and I had to go to the App Store to download the YouTube app, but it’s not the same app, and I don’t like how it works. In fact, it does not seem to be a standalone app, it just sends you over to Safari and accesses YouTube from there.
The biggest thing I don’t like about it is that it can’t play playlists.
Is there a way to get the original app back?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

No. The original youtube app was created by Apple and Apple have discontinued it (along with the original google maps app). Short of downgrading back to iOS 5 which in itself would be tricky as you would need to get that from a 3rd party there is no way to get Apple to put their app back in.

hearkat's avatar

Since Google decided to compete with the iPhone by making their own mobile devices, they and Apple had a falling out. So Apple stopped supporting the Google-based applications such as YouTube and Maps. I agree that the YouTube functionality on iOS is lacking. I use Google Chrome browser for iOS, and it helps.

Search “Google” in the iOS App Store for their Maps, YouTube, and Chrome apps, among others.

AshlynM's avatar

In short, no. That is why I’ve decided not to upgrade to ios6 because of the Youtube app going away.

I’d like to suggest another alternative Youtube app, called McTube. It’s completely free with no limitations.

I use it and it works great. You can play your playlists and add videos to them directly from the app.

janbb's avatar

Download Chrome for your iPad and use it as your browser. If you access YouTube through Chrome, your problems might be solved.

2davidc8's avatar

Awww, shucks, that’s too bad! But thank you all for your replies, I really appreciate your taking the time.
@hearkat @janbb Chrome on the iPad? I’ll try that!
@AshlynM Thanks for the McTube suggestion!
@hearkat I did download the YouTube app from the app store, but all it does is launch YouTube within Safari. It works, but it has reduced functionality.

janbb's avatar

@2davidc8 Yes, my son worked on the project for Chrome for mobile. The tabs are “his.”

2davidc8's avatar

@janbb Great! Good for him!

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