Official YouTube app for Windows Phone 7 and 8 is back and now available

Earlier this year, Microsoft surprise its users by releasing its own YouTube app, complete with login and advanced management features of the popular streaming service. At the time, it was thought that Microsoft had come to an agreement with Google over the app, but as it turns out that was not the case. After some back and forth between the companies, Microsoft had agreed to pull the app as they work on a new, compliant version with Google.

Today, version of YouTube is now live on the Store for Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8 devices.

The new app looks a lot like the app that was pulled and even includes an upload feature for posting videos directly to the service. That should reassure customers who believe the app would be stripped of functionality (one feature that seems to be missing is downloading of videos).


According to the app description, the features include:

  • 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

The app is now available for older devices too, which is a great win for legacy users who have felt left out lately from Microsoft’s releases.

You can download the now official (and legal) YouTube app for Windows Phone here in the Store.

Update: See our video tour of the app in this follow up article

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Yes!!! Its back like cooked crack.

Acbuono5 says:

I think I will stick with supporting the developer who made MetroTube.

I think I will stick with supporting cooked crack

simphf says:

Mike Rowesoft supports cooked crack!

Wael Hasno says:

Same here, I'm sticking with LazyWorm Apps and Metrotube will always be my main YouTube client.

Lumia 8x says:

Try mytube, so much better than metrotube.

Acbuono5 says:

Alright I will give it a whirl

Stevied1991 says:

I have been using MyTube for the past few weeks and actually prefer it to MetroTube.

jacob114489 says:

MyTube is way better then metrotube!

Karanstyle says:

Same here as MetroTube has better WP UI Designing & the Video Download feature too + Official app features

mayur89 says:

Metrotube is Awesome ... :) I know Youtube/Google will steals the features from this app as they always do :/

Yes sir lol just making my lumia 925 better , is the app that i probably use the most .

ryraansh says:

I like this app better, but I use MetroTube on my laptop.

ricbon says:

HA! I never upgraded! but this looks good

marcomura says:

Same here! I don't let my youtube version with download feature go!

elando_16 says:

Still have the #1 on my store tile :p

I couldn't stand it anymore lol

MarkAllett says:

haha me too. Having to install updates individually to avoid updating YouTube has been a pain, but worth it!

Cubeddd says:

Well then. Lets see how this pans out. The account menu looks quite weird without the downloads button :(

muderko says:

No quick video review?

Eck, you're gonna make me work for this today, eh? Lemme see.

Update: Video tour

Dk92 says:

@Daniel Lol

muderko says:

On my side, I am working on spreading the news to some whiners, aka tech bloggers not familier with WP! :D

And thank you.

It's Tuesday, Daniel. Don't be a bitch.

aaa6112 says:

Daniel, can you let us know if this app serves up ads?

Credo93 says:

I had the same question, but yess there are ads ... 

Darren Walsh says:

Gonna watch some hilarious cat videos straight away lol !!!!!

Nakazul says:

Ahaaa, me to! /afk

Nakazul says:

Here's 20 minutes crazy cats.
Epic Funny Cats 20 Minutes

Sobr0801 says:

You must be British!

edwmcc says:

Just downloaded it. Only because I'm tired of seeing the 1 on the icon.

aaa6112 says:

Oh no, and now you can't download :/

pressstart says:

From my one try at the download back then, I couldn't watch the downloaded videos on the subway without a network connection. Killed one of the major points of downloading for me. I have enough data allowance for me not to worry about streaming, since I barely stream video or music to begin with

jcutting says:

Downloads worked for me in airplane mode on a plane, so maybe it was just a fluke?

Wael Hasno says:

I'm about to do the same thing. Microsoft went through a lot of crap with Scroogle to get this released. I'm still a fan of Metrotube though.

That's true. Microsoft deserves props for this. I will use this app just to show that the effort was worth it. Plus, I still bought MetroTube twice. :). And I can mix and match.

Wael Hasno says:

Metrotube was the first app I bought on Windows Phone. It was, is and will be my main YouTube app. :)

metrop021 says:

Initial impressions are very positive

rockstarzzz says:

Everyone can now go flash that Amber firmware without fear of losing YouTube!

Darren Walsh says:

Still can't believe some people wouldn't flash their phones cos of that!! There must have been videos of hot chicks flashing on it !!!

FC1032 says:

^_^ Great, just in time as I'm receiving my phone soon...

Nakazul says:

I received mine a couple of hours ago so a great present.

DJCBS says:

"This Microsoft developed YouTube App and its creators are not associated with or sponsored by YouTube, LLC or Google,Inc."

Curious, no?

Anyway, I kept the old version so all I had to do was update.

twelvetudors says:

Microsoft does have a history of updating apps before updating their descriptions, so it could just be left over.

Clice says:

It looks nice

With this new updated version, will this replace my metrotube app?

awneze says:

Yup, I already deleted metrotube once I saw the title of this article haven't even read it yet. Hehe.

FBirraque says:

MetroTube still much better!
The OLD YouTube (by Microsoft) version 3.0.5015.1 is MUCH BETTER also,
I will skip this DOWNGRADE... Cheers,

ymcpa says:

What made the old version better? According to the article, the only thing that changed is the download button.

DJCBS says:

Depends. This official one is nice but MetroTube has some advantages. Try both.

I personally am keeping both Apps.

Josh Harman says:

I did. Unless downloading videos is important to you, I see no need for metrotube (wish I hadn't paid for it).

Still has metrotube on my phone. Other than preloading/downloading, what are advantages of metrotube? Can't edit my videos/profile/etc. I upload highlight reels of black ops 2 from my Xbox and have to go through browser to edit titles/descriptions/etc.

clappenings says:


Unpinning MyTube and replacing it with this... Still hate you google!

Did the same exact thing.

Nickkk101 says:

Ad's though right?

ajvanbreen says:

To be honest, ads don't bug me nearly so much as the inability to download videos.  After all, ads are how content providers make money off their product without having to charge for it.

twelvetudors says:

Welp, metrotube still has preloaded. Personally I never used the feature, and metrotube ran kinda flow for me./

This is exciting. Hurrying to test it out. :)

kushki says:

The '1' can go.... FINALLY.... phew ... and also I can tap 'Update All'

dreonedon says:

Never thought I would be saying this thank you scroogle

Wael Hasno says:

About what? This is all Microsoft's work, thank them.

Josh Harman says:

App is publish by Microsoft not Google.
UF anything, still hate Google for not having download and for imposing ads.

Why no Windows Mobile 6 version???

jiffffy pop says:

because WM is dead llike windows 98.

rockstarzzz says:

Windows 98 ain't dead. Got two PCs at work with it!

btgusto says:

Hopefully we see more calaboration from these two.  But...

Josh Harman says:

They only collaborated in what features the app could/couldn't have.
Microsoft did the development themselves.

Dk92 says:

I still have the original. Does this one have ads?

Dk92 says:

Thanks. I'll stick with the original.

I am so glad. My lumia 800, got it. Daniel Rubino, any news about facebook(the new one) for legacy devices?

DennisvdG says:

Finally, but mytube might never stop being my main source for youtube anyway

sunnybyday says:

Dan, is this any way better than the old version that was pulled? I know download is gone, something else? if its worse, I can live with the "1" update perpetually :)

Wow, without any fanfare. Just updated the app, now comes the test. Google + Microsoft = Love n Happiness, No?

nickolitis says:

Ads have been added

aaa6112 says:

Crap! Guess I'll live with the 1 on my store tile.

andreirlopes says:

If this is "next weeks" I'm afraid of what "early 2014" could mean.

The correct version should be

dalydose says:

Sweet. I had to swap devices and lost this.

bobsentell says:

Aaannnnddd.... Google blinks.

WixosTrix says:

Love it. All that's left to do is for there to be a setting for YouTube links to open into the app.

Josh Harman says:

Links do open in this app.

taymur says:

Seems like its not available for everyone, because it tells me I can't download it, L720 - jordan,
Update: nvm, got it :)

sunbee says:

Same with me...not available on L720 - India. I am not sure if it requires 1GB or is it location based!!

Winnabe says:

It should be available now. My brother and I just downloaded it.

ericjojo says:

I can't give up d download option so no thanx I'm not updating!!

Manny C says:

Awesome! Glad to have the app back, looks pretty nice.

Troyseph says:

I paid for a version of metro tube and love it, but this app seems so much faster. Now I am torn.

Josh Harman says:

I paid too, wish I hadn't. Deleted metrotube long ago.

mr_808 says:

I know how you feel.  I'm gonna keep both and if there is something I know I want to save for offline viewing I'll just use MetroTube

awneze says:

can anyone check if its also available on Windows 8? 

alvinsfb says:

Can't download here :/
Lumia 620, Amber, US.

Daakkon says:

One thing about the old app is I found is somewhat laggy. I'm not willing to update it to the new one unless that has been smoothed out, id like to be able to upload to YouTube from my phone. :) If I want to download ill use metrotube.

Josh Harman says:

No lag for me.

naz92 says:

Finally i have had update for youtube stuck in my market place for the past few months after they pulled it

marky_yo says:

Looks great on my 1020! Me happy!!!!

Daakkon says:

Oh yeah using a 920.

Robborboy says:

Does this have ads like the Bing weather/news/etc? That is why I trashed those apps.

Josh Harman says:

Because of a tiny ad at the bottom?
Sounds more like you just didn't want/need the apps.

Robborboy says:

I do not support apps that have ads, regardless of how small. I would replace Amazing Weather HD with Weather because of the beautiful UI if not for the ads.

Josh Harman says:

I guess if I paid for a weather app, I'd be hesitant to leave it too.

Dk92 says:

Weird, I haven't seen any ads on Bing weather.

Josh Harman says:

Scroll all the way to the bottom of map & forecast pages. Tiny WP ads, hardly intrusive.

Darkgift says:

I'll prob stick with the older one without the ads, for now.

euichii says:

I can't download it. Is this available only to a certain region? I'm from the Philippines.

mma2885 says:

Change your region to US, probably you already tried that

People need to understand if they search it on marketplace will problaby not find it. Try using QR code, worked to me.

jlynnm350z says:

What is the big deal about downloading video? I don't get it
I mean why is Google making such a big deal, I can see why people would like the feature.

purefire21 says:

Thanks for the 7.8 update my focus s loves it but still love metrotube

spontane74 says:

Is there no HD option? Or am I just blind.

sip1995 says:

Please don't remove it again :)

craigp says:

Anyone else find it interesting that this is the first app that will let you upload videos *already in your camera roll*. As I understood it, no app had access to videos in the camera roll - that's why the only video upload you get in WP apps is for videos you've taken in the app itself.
Is that right, or am I crazy? If I'm not crazy, then this is the first time WP has been truly able to upload vids to YouTube. Awesome!

Josh Harman says:

I've uploaded videos to Facebook from my camera roll before. I can't, however, upload videos not in my camera roll (video on phone not recorded with phone).

craigp says:

Ah, ok. I stand corrected (I don't use Facebook). Thanks!

alvinsfb says:

How about Nokia Video Upload?

Ed Boland says:

Well, the first time us "pre-amber/GDR2 users" have been able to upload straight to YouTube anyway..

craigp says:

...AND you can share videos directly from the Photos app through the 'Share' app bar menu option. Very nice!

Ed Boland says:

You're right! This is the first time we've actually been able to upload directly to YouTube from our phones/camera rolls.. something I sorely missed from the iPhone. Things are getting better over here on the dark side! ;-)

Josh Harman says:

Wish they had kept the black background on the app's tile.

At long last its back :D

Jackalneck says:

+920 I updated from the "old" version because the article says the new version includes upload feature. First video I try to upload is 308 MB and app says its too large to upload :(
update: Yes I'm on WiFi.

Josh Harman says:

Are you on WiFi?

Oxymoron428 says:

Awesome! I got my Lumia 928 after the first app went down, but its good to have the upload feature!

And for downloading videos I have the File Downloader app :)

Aryan Angel says:

I literally just pee'd a lil, LITERALLY! not figuratively!

That's because you probably read this on the toilet. Like I am.

elsana says:

so why we can not send videos with whatsapp

streamingguy says:

It supports Live video streaming now. I think its a complete app now :-)

UzaiBaka says:

It does? That's awesome!

ttsoldier says:

I really hope they rid the store of all those YouTube apps. Search the store for YouTube , its like, what the fck?!

rubenbest says:

Im mad i cant upload most vids "too big" but im on wifi -_-

Jayflip says:

Great Youtube app, hope Google is ok with it

jlynnm350z says:

Seems sluggish, often can't connect to network.

Josh Harman says:

Sure that's not your connection? Seems fast enough on my phone (only watched 3 videos though so far).

Daakkon says:

Watch a video and scroll through the comments, you'll see it lag. Oh well. :(

Josh Harman says:

While watching video I scrolled, commented, and replied... No lag for me.

Kenny G Jr says:

I'm not seeing any lag either, and I'm running a 7.x device.

Still not available here in singapore

teaMJPx says:

I use PRIMETUBE and can't complain at all (stopped using METROTUBE a while back when it was having problems). I'll download this but I'm keeping PRIMETUBE because its the same as my tablet and I like that.

Nabkawe5 says:

I have a bigger problem youtube just doesn't show up on my region, JUST great Microsoft Just great. 

Idzaudin Idz says:

Please wait... That app not available in all countries yet. It took some time

UzaiBaka says:

Does it still add crazy amounts of space to other storage? That's the only problem I had with the original. Best YouTube app though.

Idzaudin Idz says:

Ads.. Hate those thing...

Wohoo! Great news.. Miss that app. They removed the option which let me download the video, which gives a point to MetroTube in the comparison.
Still love this one.

N8tiveT3ch says:

Still keeping MyTube: 1. I can browse other videos while playing and 2. If I just wanna hear the videos and browse the web I can.

Idzaudin Idz says:

Wtf google... How about metrotube?! It also have downloading feature...

jfreiman says:

Don't uninstall you Nokia Uploader yet, the new MS YouTube app has far stricter file size limitations.
Use the Nokia app to upload a large video, then use the MS You Tube app to set it's category, title, etc.

qwe123878 says:

So when is this app going to be ported to win8

Squachy says:

why use an app on a desktop OS when you could just go to the website??
Now all i need is the facebook app to be backported to WP7 and ill be set till my next phone :D

harchestr says:

I use both metro and MS Official YouTube app

eddieDOTexe says:

Good to see the WP7 support.

haha im still rocking v3.0. No ads and offline downloads. Still working solid as ever.

RyanR47 says:

Oh this great, support for windows phone 7 at the same time with wp8.

sh4d0w86 says:

any point in me updating? I never updated the controversial one with DL feature. it works great.

Josh Harman says:

If you want continued support & upgrades, yes.
If downloading videos is important to you, no.

dikadik says:

is it not available for the devixe with 512mb RAM?

Works fine on my L521.

soumitro316 says:

Search for YouTube in the marketplace and download the one by Microsoft Corporation (for wp7)

kenzibit says:

Thank God...finally for WP 7.8. Now facebook is next :-)

BAMtech11 says:

Metrotube for me too. Thanks google, but no thanks.

No thanks im keeping this app. No ads plus download !

ejlee072006 says:


rynthnyltrr says:

i can't download it. i'm using lumia 820 amber, US region. what region is it available? thanks!

Roach26 says:

Still have the old app...

rynthnyltrr says:

don't tell me they stop the downloads, again.. :(

Afriza Hanif says:

Well, when this app available on Indonesia?

HarisA1 says:

Search YouTube or Facebook on the marketplace SOOO MANY third party apps

Credo93 says:

I tought that Microsoft forbidded the 3th party Facebook apps? Or am i wrong? :o 

avigyan says:

I started downloading this app from the store but suddenly error code 8000ffff showed up and the app is no longer available, nor is it visible in store.

rynthnyltrr says:

try to search it first at the store then download it. direct download initially from the qr code doesn't work earlier.

rynthnyltrr says:

type youtube on search field. then find youtube with microsoft corporation as publisher. :)

rifkimaulana says:

Why I can't install it on my lumia 800, it said that it also provide for wp 7.x :(

curiouswp says:

Same problem here too

Credo93 says:

I tried installing it on my mothers Lumia 900, everything worked well, downloading, installing ...

Greetzz from Belgium.

curiouswp says:

I can't get to download the app on my WP7, anyone facing similar issue ?

Painbearer says:

It says not available for my phone. :(
AT&T HTC Titan wp 7.8

hohohohanfan says:

Not going to update, pesky ads

Every ad I've seen was skippable after 5 seconds.

Oh yeah. I held on to the version that was pulled. Updating now.

louisoneal says:

I'm glad this official YouTube app is now available, although I will still hang on to MyTube in the meantime.

khunhorm says:

Can I still set region to worldwide?

Chris Yahya says:

damn, i've searched in Store, the result is unofficial Youtube app.
MSFT! You should delete unofficial youtube :(

Chris Yahya says:

This App is not availabe for your device. Tap Here for more info.
wat the ? #lumia 920-Indonesia (region set to US)

rynthnyltrr says:

had the same problem but now it is solved. try to search it first at the store then download it. direct download initially from the qr code doesn't work earlier.

Chris Yahya says:

now i can download.
but a new problem strikes again : blank screen while trying to watch video.
(note : before MSFT pull out utube apps in store (with download feature) still cant watch videos, blank screen.
#sorry english

Ajay Tawrani says:

The app seems not available in India. Although I'm happy using MetroTube

Winnabe says:

Try now. I just installed it.