Stop YouTube Links Opening the YouTube App in iOS

Jun 29, 2012 - 1 Comment

Stop YouTube Links opening in YouTube App

With how prevalent HTML5 is these days it seems unnecessary for the YouTube app to launch every time you tap a YouTube video link on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you’d rather watch the movie directly in Safari, here is how to stop the YouTube app from launching:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap on “General”
  2. Tap “Restrictions” – enable them if they aren’t enabled yet, setting a passcode in the process
  3. Flip “YouTube” to OFF and close out of settings

Now you are free to click YouTube links from Mail, Safari, or where ever else, and the YouTube app won’t open. A side effect to this tip is that it also hides the YouTube icon from the home screen, which may or may not be desirable.

This feels like it should be a separate preference choice for iOS, but it isn’t one yet. Regardless, it’s a great tip from Macgasm.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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