YouTube on the iPad: Options for Watching YouTube Videos – Use Safari

The official YouTube iPad app is no longer available in iOS 6. Until Google offers a better alternative, there are other ways to watch YouTube on the iPad and get access to your account. The most obvious option is YouTube in the web browser Safari. This post describes the browser alternative. Later posts will present other options.

Put the YouTube URL ( in the Safari web browser to take you to a mobile version of the YouTube site. Once there, you can create a web clip (screen icon) to speed up access to YouTube.

Safari share menu

Using YouTube mobile ( on the iPad, you can search for videos and manage your YouTube collection. You’ll see two icons in the upper right, Grid and Search.

YouTube mobile icons

Use the Grid menu to manage your account and video collection. Search to look for videos.

Grid menu

When you find a video you want to add to your collection, tap the Add to button just below the video.

Add a video

You can choose to add the video to one of your current playlists or create a new playlist to file the video. Consider making playlists for various topics to keep related videos together.

Playlist menu

About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, teaches about digital tools through his work, websites and social media. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale. On his Freelance Teaching site you'll find the resources you need to teach like a smart entrepreneur.