YouTube is one of the most popular video websites around. It makes it easy to view and share videos and is a powerful social media platform. Unfortunately for many Windows users, it can be frustrating to view on mobile devices. With no official app from Google, Windows users have to resort to third party apps or viewing videos within a browser.
There are plenty of options to choose from and we’d like to hear what your favorites are through a brief poll. We’ve separated the poll into Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.
Below is a breakdown of some of the most popular YouTube apps as ranked by AppAnnie. Try out some of these apps, take part in the survey, and tell us about your own favorites that aren’t listed. We’ll tally up the results and highlight the winners later this week. Download links to all of these apps can be found at the end of the article.
Tubecast Pro: This isn’t just the most popular paid Youtube app in the Windows Store, it’s the most popular paid video app according to AppAnnie costing $2.99. It has a rating of 4.8/5 stars in the store and has a long list of premium features. Tubecast Pro supports 4k, 60fps, lets you download videos, and lets you play audio while locked. It also has casting capabilities such as Chromecast and Airplay Apple TV.
TubeHD 2015: This is a free Youtube app and has a 4/5 rating in the Windows Store. It lets you download videos to SD or HD, and can “convert video to mp3 and save to music library.” TubeHD 2015 is the second most popular free video app behind only VLC for Windows 8.
Metrotube: This is the highest ranked paid app in the Music and Video category. At $0.99 it provides a smooth interface and layout for YouTube on mobile devices. It supports audio playback when locked. You can also download videos in different qualities, add them to watch later and playlists, and easily lets you share videos.
myTube!: To clarify, this is myTube! By Ryken Studio, not any other app with a similar name. This is the second ranked paid app in the Music and Video section of AppAnnie. One of the selling points of myTube! Is that it can fade videos into the background so you can read comments and do other actions while the video is playing. It also supports background audio playback. You can save videos and create playlists for when you don’t have access to the web. It also has an option for a double wide live tile.
There are plenty of other YouTube apps out there as well. Please let us know your favorites in the survey and in the comments.