The new WatchTube App
You can do lots of things even though your iPhone is not with you, like listen to songs, read, and send messages, and even answer calls. And now, you can watch videos on your Apple watch without your phone. With WatchTube, you can watch YouTube videos directly from your Apple Watch.
WatchTube is a new app that, as the name suggests, allows you to watch just about any YouTube video on the Apple Watch. And the best part is, it works as intended.
Any complicated settings and setup process from your iPhone isn’t needed. You can just simply download WatchTube and use it directly from the watchOS App Store. Once the app is installed on your watch, just open it and you’re ready to watch YouTube videos.
For a platform as complex as YouTube, the interface is surprisingly good. Users will find four different sections within the app: Home, Search, Library, and Settings. Just like the official YouTube app, Home displays videos that are popular on the platform. If you wish, the app allows users to select specific categories of videos to display on the homepage.
The built-in search function works especially well with the Apple Watch Series 7 keyboard. Of course, you can also use Dictation and Doodle to search for videos in the app. Just like the real YouTube, WatchTube searches highlight top search results for videos and channels.
With WatchTube, users can even subscribe to channels and save videos to find them later in the Library tab. Unfortunately, the WatchTube library is completely local, which means you can’t link it to your YouTube account. Luckily, the app provides a QR code so you can share and access specific videos on other devices like iPhone or iPad.
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WatchTube also supports video subtitles and even offers the option to change the text size. Videos load quickly to your Apple Watch—if you don’t have AirPods or Bluetooth headphones, the app uses your Apple Watch’s built-in speakers.
According to WatchTube developers, a future update will add an audio-only mode so you can listen to songs on YouTube without having to turn on the Apple Watch display.
You probably won’t actually watch YouTube videos on the Apple Watch, but it’s an interesting thing that shows how far the technology has come. Personally, I never thought about being able to play videos on the watch.
If you want to try WatchTube, it’s a free download on the App Store. The app requires an Apple Watch running watchOS 6 or later.