Stop YouTube Links Opening the YouTube App in iOS
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:
- Open “Settings” and tap on “General”
- Tap “Restrictions” – enable them if they aren’t enabled yet, setting a passcode in the process
- 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.