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Workflow: Download YouTube Videos To iOS Camera Roll Without Jailbreak

youtube with or without you

We just discovered Workflow while looking for a way to download YouTube videos. As it turns out, there’s a way to do it on your iPhone and iPad without jailbreaking with a simple download YouTube videos workflow. Check it out after the bump.

youtube with or without you

Workflow is a recently released automation app. An automation app for iOS? It sounds a lot like IFTTT (If This Then That), but in reality it is many times more powerful! It allows automation enthusiasts to create much more involved workflows.

As such, Workflow can make much more powerful workflows which for actions like making  animated GIFs from burst camera photos, adding app icons on home screen that call a specific person, download all images from a web, and – in context of this article – download YouTube videos to iOS Camera Roll. It works on both iPhone and iPad!

It takes a little setting up, but once it is ready you will only need two taps to download any YouTube video to your Camera Roll.

Important Note: Do not be scared by the number of steps. Once set up, you only need Steps 7 and 8 to execute this download YouTube videos workflow.

  1. Purchase Workflow for iOS [App Store]
  2. Launch Workflow once it has been downloaded
  3. Open up Safari, and head over here [Workflow website].
  4. Tap on ‘Get Workflow’ to download the workflow to your Workflow app on iOS
  5. Using Safari, go to YouTube.com, search and open the video you want to download
  6. Add ‘Run Workflow’ Safari action extension to your Safari share sheet. You can do it from Share button > Moredownload youtube videos workflow 
  7. Once you’ve added it, tap on Share button again and then ‘Run Workflow’
  8. Select ‘Download YouTube’
  9. Workflow will now download the YouTube video. Once downloaded, it will show you a preview of it. You can tap on ‘Save Video’ to save the downloaded YouTube to your iPhone or iPad camera roll.download youtube videos workflow preview

That’s it! Open up the Photos app to see the results of the download YouTube videos workflow. You can now share the video just like any other video in your Camera Roll.

We will be sharing more interesting workflows as we come across them.

Note: The images show YouTube to Mp3 workflow. That workflow did not work as expected, but the download YouTube videos workflow did, but we did not take screenshots for it. Don’t be confused by the screenshots!

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18 Comments

    1. I did all the steps through 7, but i dont see the “Download to Youtube” selection… Can you help me!??

    2. I did all the steps through 7, but i dont see the “Download to Youtube” … Can you help me!? Thank you

  1. I did all the steps through 7, but i dont see the “Download to Youtube” selection… Help??

  2. I think the author meant once installed go back to Safari and play the YouTube video and then hit the share button and select run workflow and then select the download action.

    Assuming your asking about his article and not the one I posted here in the comments section.

  3. When I run the Workflow, it goes through the full ‘Get contents of URL’ step, and then when it gets to ‘Quick view,’ it’s just a single image -from- the video, not an actual video. Is there something I’m missing, or has there been a change since this article?

  4. Hi, with the last modificactions to YouTube I always got a white screen, and obviously not the result I was searching for.

    I have an iPhone 5s with iOS 9.0.2

    My goal was to get an audio file from a Youtube video, and I did it in two parts:

    To get the video file on my iPhone’ Camera Roll:

    1. Purchase Workflow for iOS

    2. Download this workflow: https://workflow.is/workflows/c794ea650bcd4b72879d9083c7c40c58
    (since I didn’t want to retype this address on my phone, I converted the link to a QR Code on http://goqr.me/#t=url and then scanned with the app ‘QR Scanner’ on my iPhone)

    3. Open the downloaded workflow an verify that is set as ‘Action Extension’

    4. If you have it, uninstall the YouTube app (no way to do this with this app installed)

    5. Install or open Google Chrome and go to Youtube.com

    6. Search an open the video you want to download, when start to play, click on Done (top left corner)

    7. Right to Search icon, click on the 3 dots and in the popup menu select Desktop.

    8. Right to Address Bar, click on the 3 dots and click the Share icon (the square with an arrow)

    9. Select ‘Run Workflow’. If this option is missing click ‘More’ in the bottom row and activate it.

    10. Select ‘Download YouTube’ and you will see the script running.

    11. Finally you will get an Screenshot of the video, click Done.

    12. Go to the Camera Roll and you will find your video.

    I found a couple of minor bugs:

    -Some times the script will request your input to select ‘URL’ or ‘URL’, any choice is fine and the script will continue.

    -Some times the script could freeze in the step named ‘Quick Look’, just close it and you will find your video within the Camera Roll.

    Afther this I needed just the audio of the video , so I followed the steps of this walkthrough:

    https://cupertinotimes.com/workflow-convert-youtube-video-audio-m4a-iphone-ipad/

    Thanks !!

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