With the Apple Watch, you can do many things without having your iPhone nearby, e.g. B. Listen to songs, read and send messages and even take calls. But if you want to watch something like a video, you probably need your phone – well, not anymore. WatchTube lets you watch YouTube videos right from your Apple Watch.
WatchTube is a new app that, as the name suggests, lets you watch almost any YouTube video on Apple Watch. And the best part is, it works as intended.
The app doesn’t require complicated settings and doesn’t even require a setup process from your iPhone. You can download and use WatchTube directly from the watchOS App Store. Once the app is installed on your watch, just open it and you can watch YouTube videos.
The user 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 shows videos that are trending on the platform. If you want, the app allows users to choose a specific category of videos to show on the homepage.
The integrated search works particularly well with the keyboard of the Apple Watch Series 7. Of course, you can also search for a video in the app using dictation and scribble. Just like the real YouTube, WatchTube’s search highlights the top results for both videos and channels.
WatchTube even allows users to 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 offers a QR code that allows you to share and access a specific video on another device like your iPhone or iPad.
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In addition to these features, WatchTube also supports video subtitles and even offers options to change the text size. Videos load quickly onto 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 the WatchTube developer, a future update will add an audio-only mode so you can listen to songs on YouTube without having to keep the Apple Watch display on.
You probably won’t actually watch YouTube videos on your Apple Watch, but it’s fun and shows how far technology has come. Personally, I never imagined streaming videos on a watch.
If you want to try WatchTube, it’s available for free on the App Store. The app requires an Apple Watch with watchOS 6 or higher.
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