Play lets you access YouTube videos from your home screen


The YouTube app lets you tag videos to watch later, but there aren’t many options for organizing the videos you choose. With Play, a new app for iOS and macOS devices, you can not only bookmark YouTube videos, but organize them and even access them from your home screen.

Game was created by Marcos Tanaka, the same developer behind MusicHarbor. However, while MusicHarbor focuses on helping users follow the artists they like, Play was built with YouTube in mind. Although you can manually add videos to the app, Play is built into the system’s share sheet, so you don’t have to leave the YouTube app to bookmark videos.

As soon as you tap a video to save it, the app automatically identifies its metadata — including title, channel name, and release date. Users can also customize tags to organize their Watch Later videos.

But what is probably the app’s most interesting feature is a home screen widget. This way you can check and open the videos you’ve bookmarked right from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. The widget is customizable and everything syncs to other devices via iCloud.

It’s worth noting that Play also works with Siri Shortcuts, so you can automate workflows using the app’s data.

Videos can be imported, added via the share sheet or by drag and drop. Users can view, search, filter, sort, and organize using tags in a list, grid, or table (macOS). iCloud keeps everything up to date on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Add and customize a few widgets to put YouTube on your home screen and start playing with a single tap.

Play is available on the App Store for $1.99 as a one-time purchase. The app works with iPhone, iPad and even Macs.

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