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Get the YouTube app that was pulled by Google

Have a developer unlocked phone? You can get the XAP for the YouTube app from Microsoft that was pulled by Google. 

Metrotube and myTube are by far some of the best options in the Windows Phone Store right now if you want to get your YouTube on. There was a brief period of time where Microsoft’s own YouTube app was killer, before Google had it killed. Now it’s a shell of its former self and not exactly an app we’d recommend to anyone. Miss that great YouTube app that Microsoft put out? There are ways to get it back. Details below.

If you don’t remember that particular version of YouTube, check out the video above to see it in action. This YouTube was highly praised by both us and you, the Windows Phone community. If you’re missing it then our friends over at the XDA Developer Forums might have a solution for you.

You’ll need either a developer unlocked device or an interop-unlock device to install the XAP they’ve prepared over there. It’ll give that YouTube from yore that had great features like:

  • Video uploading
  • Pin any video, playlist, channel, and search queries to Live Tiles
  • Manage your YouTube profile with your unique My YouTube page
  • Manage your playlists, uploads, and video lists
  • Find channels, videos, and playlists with the quick access search bar
  • Share videos to your social networks, e-mail, and text messages
  • Let your kids watch safe videos in Kid’s Corner and keep their own profile

YouTube Screenshots

The link below to the XDA forums will give you all the instructions you need to get the app up and running on your Windows Phone device. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’ll have to do until Microsoft and Google can work together.

Source: XDA Developer Forums



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mrhoodiny says:

No thanks, google can kick rocks

coip says:

Agreed. I've completely quit Google and it is fantastic. Boycott YouTube. Get Vimeo instead.

Yupp. They've monopolized everything they can get their greedy hands on. They're trying to "unify" the google experience (similar to MS) but instead of being an open platform, they shun out anything that doesn't have google stamped on it, and have made it so hard for anyone else to use their services. So screw Google.
And people call Microsoft a monopoly?

killer rin says:

You could always use YouTube with Adblock. Be a such on their server's

xyronaut says:

Yes, I think WPcentral should move their vids to vimeo since they have an official app for WP.

Rockartisten says:

They need the exposure they get from Youtube I guess. Although... They could post videos on youtube that are merely a black screen with the messege "Youtube crashed, click here to restart video", and that link takes you to the video on Vimeo. Hehehe... Very childish, but funny.

jakersn says:

Agree wholeheartedly

Andre Blonde says:

Well in a way this is a nice move to take on google, get the YouTube app that was freaking awesome. Im getting it coz i do watch YouTube and not ready to go for vimeo yet, if ever will. But this is awesome, i might even keeps the app even if official app comes out again. :)

sd4f says:

Google has become evil. I agree, I don't care about youtube.

Does developer unlocked mean like having a dev account and having stuff on it, like gdr3 on my 920?

saket87 says:

I think you can do 1 app via that. I was a student dev before and I could load 3 apps

Jazmac says:

I have the GDR3 on and neither will install.

Nik Rolls says:

You will need to be developer unlocked; that means using Visual Studio to register the device as a developer device, and then using the sister tool to side load the app.

Fayez Chedid says:

To add to that, your MS account has to be registered as a developer account, not just the phone.

Jazmac says:

I spent the 19 bucks a few weeks ago and have a developers account but I didn't register my phone, yet.

Narse77 says:

I only have the free dev account needed to install GDR3. I downloaded the Windows 8 SDK and used it to unlock my phone and then used Windows Phone Power Tools to load the XAP.

Actually, MS allows one phone to be unlocked and one app to be sideloaded for free, no dev account.

chodenode says:

Do you by chance have a link to do that?


"Now, any developer can unlock and register 1 phone to load up to 2 apps. Registered developers with Dev Center accounts continue to have the option to unlock up to 3 phones and upload up to 10 apps on each."


all you do is download the WP8 SDK and run the developer unlock tool.

kjnoel says:

Gonna go download it now. Thanks for this article Sam.

ZuNuKoo says:

This is a $20 app just register to be a developer. I registered. It was better then the $99 before. That is if you really want to. I miss this app.

Jas00555 says:

How do I convert the files from the .zip to a .xap? Anyone?

Diego Rico says:

I tried to rename it with a .xap at the end but it did not change the file type only the name. Any other suggestions?

marcomura says:

You didn't rename it correctly. Maybe your file explorer is hiding the file extension?
Anyway, if you are not able to rename a file, you shouldn't deploy xap files...

you probably dont have "hide extenstions for known filetypes" unchecked

open control panel -> find folder options -> click View tab -> uncheck "hide extenstions for known filetypes"

if not that i dunno

fwaits says:

Do you have file extensions showing or just the filename?  You probably just named it because you can't see the .zip extension on it.

dynamic_cast says:

configure your Explore (view/options) and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file type"

blasher4 says:

Who gives a crap between this stupid battle between the Google and MS. I want my damn Youtube app and am really tired of waiting. Every other phone out there has it but us. Ridiculous of you ask me.

Nik Rolls says:

Apparently you care about the battle, because it's stopping you having the app you want ;-)

Ravikumar401 says:

Provide me link where can i download this app

mcivor88 says:

I used google less and less but they have me cornered with youtube. I need it. I love mytube tho. Official app is needed tho

Antluv82 says:

My tube is tha best

Wael Hasno says:

Google deserve a big ass lawsuit.

DJCBS says:

Based on the grounds of...?

Wael Hasno says:

For their stupid treatment of the consumers, I guess. It must be something in the books, anything that prohibits this kind of crap. Microsoft were fined €500 million for a mistake they immediately fixed.

DJCBS says:

Yeah...I'm afraid there isn't. Nothing in any European or American Law prohibits a company from refusing to provide a service. Not even private hospitals (except in extreme cases in which they are forced to provide the service).

kingkoopa09 says:

Same way Microsoft was sued for the whole Netscape ish

DJCBS says:

Not the same I'm affraid. What courts rulled was against Microsoft's building of IE into Windows, not provinding users with the chance of having an alternative. That could be applied to Bing if Microsoft hadn't allowed you to chose Google too in WP7 days. Or Google on Android (assuming you can't replace Google as the search engine. I don't know, I never tried).

In this case all that's happening is a company refusing to offer its services on a platform instead of being prevented from doing so.

Ticomfreak says:

You can't even on google-less versions of Android 2.2+

:'( I tried because I have a shitty Android tablet and my Dad has an Android phone.

Duffau says:

Wasn't the grounds on the MS lawsuit that they used their monopoly in one market to unfairly help another market? I guess this is similar in that google is using their YouTube monopoly to hinder a competitor.

lippidp says:

Yeah, if being rat bastards was illegal almost everyone in the USA would be in jail.

hohohohanfan says:

Shitstorm imminent

DJCBS says:

Along with 99% of the politicians in Europe. lol

twelvetudors says:

Hell yeah. As soon as I have a USB cable I'm doing this stat.

rahul4aug says:

Yay.. Suck it up google bitch!

kingkoopa09 says:

Yea I have gdr3 and this app no longer works.... I never updated the original app because of what google was trying to do and now I get ..... Something has happened error

MDak280 says:

Now that I have tried myTube idk if I want to use any other YouTube app. It's awesome! But I wish there was a way to get YouTube links to open the app instead of the browser :(

deansmilk says:

Man, I love myTube. I thought I wouldnt use anything but Metrotube until myTube came along. The app is just amazingly designed. Also, I would really like the option for this app to be used while opening browser links. Is it even possible?

Tip: if you want to open a video in myTube via link, just copy the link and paste it into the search box. MyTube will pick up the video automatically ;)

eric12341 says:

Why wasn't this posted earlier when I was at a computer? Darn.

navidee says:

Im glad im older and don't care too much about YouTube. Metrotube works just fine for my needs.

Why do you feel your age is a factor here...? :-S

Ravikumar401 says:

Any idea folks about temple run2

alikokce says:

YouTube HD app is neat too and free.

AlexanderJJJ says:

Can someone do a complete step-by-step to get it on to a phone? I'm not sure how...

MrGoodSmith says:

For me, there is no perfect Youtube app yet if it can't display captions and annotations.

The Courier says:

Google has been banished from my household. Well, with the exception of YouTube that my teenage daughter refuses to let go of. Other than that, I really cant see what Google has for me that other services can't offer.

untitled007 says:

No thanks, f*** google

DarrenSproat says:

100% Google Free in this household and it feels GRRRREAT!!! No more Scroogled for this WinPhan

DarrenSproat says:

...and for the rare times I want to view a YouTube video, there's MyTube. Best YouTube app for Windows Phone.

goldenpipes says:

I thought metrotube was better

DarrenSproat says:

Honestly, they're both 4.5-5 star apps in my book. I like them both but found MyTube loaded quicker... And, I prefer MyTube's live tile. Bottom line, we have two fantastic apps for YouTube. :)

OMG55 says:

Why would I want to do that? Google's just going to find a way to stop it, so I just wish people would stop putting trust in them; haven't they shown everyone here they won't support windows phone?

nblew says:

Is this the first version where you can download videos, skip ads, and play videos blocked for mobile? That's the version I'm looking for

goldenpipes says:

Metrotube does that

nblew says:

It doesn't let you play videos that are blocked for mobile - which is really the feature im looking for

Can you download videos on metrotube?

em1ke says:

Yes, you can.

Arsenic17 says:

Guck Foogle!!!;

enzom09 says:

Can this also be done with swapchat then?

enzom09 says:

to answer my own question, yes i was able to load it on my l925 after downloading the XAP. was worried i'd have to use an SD card, but apparently not.

db4williams says:

Google can go get bent. I've stopped using chrome on all of my PCs as well as switched to using Bing for my search engine for this reason as well as several others.

Ordeith says:

There are more Windows Phones than Nintendo 3DS in the world, but there is a YouTube app for the 3DS. Not written in html5 either.

JoRdaNeK says:

Really?? With 3D vids too?

TonyDedrick says:

You got figures supporting that claim?

DonnaxNL says:

Google and Nintendo apparently have a good relationship, like the "Wii Street U powered by Google" app.

I think the google team just have to accept competence... Ah and Bing is cooler than google :P

Video tutorial please?? :)

ixboxdev says:

Perfectly working.


I have lumia822 with dev account and gdr3. It seems comments is not working in youtube app, everytime i swipes to comment section, it says - "Oops! Something went wrong"

Unistalled metrotube, no offence to metrotube but i like youtube by MS over metrotube.

Narse77 says:

Just got done installing this. Works fantastic. I used the NoInterop XAP and the Windows Phone Power Tools tpo load it. Kept getting a error using the MS SDK app.

Mestiphal says:

Hello Narse.  Any chance you can list a step by step of how to do it and where to get the needed tools?

Sam sabri and Daniel Rubino,I read your articles daily and find them very useful.can both of you write an article on the new playstation one emulator "emiPsx" which is paid but has a trial version which is ad supported.thankyou.

Sam Sabri says:

Yeah. Paul's playing with that one and should have it up shortly :)

iGeorge23 says:

MyTube solves all YouTube problems...

noknok79 says:

MetroTube is enough!

One sec i thaught a official YouTube app released

Bob101910 says:

They are too busy dealing with their new terrible comment system. MS re-release the app when they aren't looking!

Grunt Attack says:

What!! This is one of worst YouTube app I have used because there is a major flow in the app that could brick your phone. This app caches the videos you watch into your phone and there's no way to remove it unless you do a hard reset. Uninstalling the app doesn't fix it. My other memory usage jumped from 2Gbs to 3.5Gbs. I can't believe Microsoft would release an app without testing it out for any serious bugs.

Grunt Attack says:

I had to hard reset because of this ridiculous bug. Use Internet Explorer, Speedtube, Metrotube for watching YouTube video.Not Microsoft's YouTube app unless you enjoy hard resting your phone

abhishake620 says:

Will it work with the app studio account as I hear one unofficial app can be installed if you have a app studio account...anyone tried yet...

wetworker says:

Thanks guys, I just installed it on my dev unlock 920. Works like a charm.

Update. Could not play this video message. :(

scardboy says:

Got all excited when I saw the picture but disappointed when I read the headline :'(

noelito says:

This is version 3.2 I want 3.0 which has downloads I have 3.0 and let xda know they can extract it from my ativ s

shaggydave says:

I use the supertube app! I love it! Never had a problem with it! Can't believe nobody brought it up. :-)

Google is so gay....

Yaay! Time to load up that app! Good thing my personal phone is my dev phone too. ;)

fabrea says:

Why Microsoft don't supports Metrotube? This is very a good and stylish app!

Dean McCrae says:

Is there any future to doing things this way? This is the kind of thing that will make the Windows Phone platform laughable.

neo158 says:

Even if you install this app it still won't work as it's blocked by the Servers at Google!!

cooljatt says:

can anybody help me to choose one of them and whats the difference between these two version or which is the recommended version. HELP !!!!!

youtube_Interop_P2_Fixed or youtube_NoInterop_P2

Cleveland2k says:

Very simple and works like a charm.

kurotsuki says:

No thanks. I'd rather keep my 3 slot of developer app for development and testing purpose :)

Bruno Sain says:

As far as I'm concerned google can stick YouTube up there.......!

shosansharma says:

Hi Sam, thanks for using Avirall. Please update it, you are using a very old version.

Sam Sabri says:

Don't worry! I have the latest version of Avirall. That was just an old image of the YouTube app I re-used. Keep up the good work!

Ushae says:

Google can get lost, metro tube and Hyper for my Surface are doing just fine.

Marco Gomes1 says:

It´s always nice to have options. Having said that, MetroTube is more than enough to fullfil my youtube needs (which are very basic). I just use it to watch the videoclips from the sites i visit (like windows phone central, for example). I don`t upload, or comment, or watch random videos, and even the subscriptions i had keep pilling up cause i never have the time to watch them.

Kay61 says:

Hi Sam,

Please consider doing a review of AllTube Player (ATP) Pro. This is a video app that is more than just YouTube. It also supports Dailymotion, Vimeo and Flickr. Members of wpcentral will have another great option.

Windows Phone link is here

Also available on Windows 8, link is here

Let me know if you need further info.

How do you turn the folder into a .xap file to put on your phone?

cybermoose89 says:

Spin on it google im keeping to mytube

Thanks. They wont bring back the Youtube app because of lame google and google+ suck so much....

Antistatic says:

Until Google learn not to behave like a spoiled child.... No thanx!

laserfloyd says:

YouTube has gone south the past few months and with the recent G+/YouTube changes along with the new comments section, it's getting worse. I have G+ so that doesn't bother me but the comments are just a mess.  Videos are slower to load it seems.  Just feels like it's hitting a critical mass in a bad way.  It's the last bastion of Google services I like and they're killing it.  If they aren't careful, another service is going to swoop in and put a dent in their business.

cruisezero says:

Its about time Microsoft try to get their hands on creating a youtube like site or acquire one like dailymotion or vimeo. Youtube is taking a rap for their new comment system required to have G+ account plus Windows8/WindowsPhone fans are kinda repulsed by them. Hit the iron while its HOT. You hear MS.

Nejcooo says:

IDEA: Microsoft should intergrate addblocker for youtube and other google sites in IE :)

Nejcooo says:

Can't install it. It says "Application of this company is not possible to install". Is there anything I can do? I realy want this THING back.

Nejcooo says:

i get errors while installing this appliication. any ideas?

AskaLangly says:

Sorry, Google pulled comments too.

ImUpendra says:

Please someone give me link for downloading this XAP file my e-mail

Yes yes.. i was able to side load the application for Free. I have a app studio account which was free. Downloaded SDK 8.0 and registered my phone as Dev Phone. SDK 8.0 is giving error while installing the XAP so tried with Windows Phone Power Tools and i can see the youtube MS app is working like a charm :)

Joshua Liu says:

Does anyone have in depth step-by-step to get the app working?

apssays says:

Hello weather

Wam1q says:

No download feature. :(