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YouTube for Windows Phone 8

Official YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 gets a major overhaul too with version 3.0

When it rains, it pours. Today, the official YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 has received a massive makeover, bringing new features and becoming more than just a web-wrapper for the popular video streaming site.

Version 3.0 is now going live in the Store (depending on region) and brings a new UI, High, Medium and Low video quality settings, pinnable channels, ability to download videos for offline play, play under Lockscreen and more. Indeed, it’s just about everything most casual users could want in an official YouTube client.

When it rains, it pours. Today, the official YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 has received a massive makeover, bringing new features and becoming more than just a web-wrapper for the popular video streaming site. Version 3.0 is now going live in the Store (depending on region) and brings a new UI, High, Medium and Low video quality settings, pinnable channels, ability to download videos for offline play, play under Lockscreen and more. Indeed, it’s just about everything most casual users could want in an off

The full Changelog is as follows:

"Pin any video, playlist, channel, and even search queries to Live Tiles. Live Tiles flip to show YouTube’s most popular videos or your subscriptions’ latest uploads. YouTube for Windows Phone is also integrated with Kid’s Corner, so you can ensure your kids are watching age-appropriate videos."

  • 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

On Windows Phone 7? Have no fear as an upgraded version for that platform is in the works as well, meaning Microsoft has not forgotten about you folks.

Pick up the official YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store. Availability will vary as the app gets updated on Microsoft’s servers.

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So it's no longer just a link to mobile Youtube?

Saerise says:

Thank you, Jesus!

cckgz4 says:

About flippin' time

Vb2012 says:

Afrikaans ? :D

kaynachtsman says:

Facebook Beta youtube foursqaure what's next? :D

sixium says:

Instagram. ;P

FearL0rd says:

Forget Instagram.. Mobli is better. You can share photos and videos inatagram like

smartboyamo says:

lets push our luck: instagram and Temple Run 2! :D

ricbon says:


groovecain says:

flipboard & instagram , sweet

dear god please let flipboard arrive.

Heavy Rain says:

Vine and instagram

Sumit8 says:


Tough luck since Vine is not even available on Android.

simmomelb says:

What is Vine?

boxa72 says:

n app for Twitter that lets u post 6sec vids

Rubios says:

That sounds amazing.
Ok... maybe not.

Vine ,instagram, snapchat &keek

220SeaChaser says:

And they're nicely done too!

kaynachtsman says:

And Halo Waypoint recived an update too!!

L0gic Bom8 says:

But still not showing my Halo 4 info! Come on 343i!

Kellzea says:

The halo 4 smartglass app is for halo 4. 343 doesn't own the waypoint app, it does however have a link to your halo 4 stats online

ymcpa says:

Snapchat has a place under technical support/ "my device is incompatible" to let them know you want them to support windows phone. If enough users let them know, they might create an app.

lubbalots says:

Wells Fargo!

lippidp says:

-1 They are evil.

alex6272 says:

That's pretty much how banking works lol

aaa6112 says:

while (1)
there you go.

lemonsteveo says:

You just crashed the comments.

Wells Fargo Plz!!!

Just looking through the forums:
Top 3:
1. Instagram
2. Flipboard
3. PinInterest

1. Flipboard
2. Kingdom rush (1 and 2). But i know Ironhide Game Studio not support WP8 and W8. Why guys?
3. Jelly Defense (perfect T.D.)
4.More PERFECT games and the same PRICE with another OS (iOS or adroid).
5. Instagram
6. DEVEPOPERS support Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

pfe1223 says:

I am probably in the minority, but I would love to see a SiriusXM app. This is only for North America. While I am loving Nokia Music (okay, it can get repetitive in offline mode, but is free and doesn't use data), it just isn't the same as SiriusXM. It kinda sucks to pay for a service and not be able to use it. Worst of all is the fact that I pay extra for the MLB package.

Another vote for SiriusXM.

I had been emailing them for months, kept being told to hang on. I stopped, still paying for the internet, but ready to cancel. :(

Fargard says:


Because I really don't get why everyone needs instagram so desperately I'd prefer some changes to the actual OS...


- VPN support, OS wise! (just dreaming, probably won't come this year :( )


- support of increase/decrease volume with your headphone's buttons (also not this year, if even?)


- smaller local apps, like your local rent-a-bike-company etc


BC we don't have it and other platforms do

Macco26 says:

A decent Steam app (original or not) finally allowing a reliable STEAM FRIEND chat! Anything I tried (and paid for) in the WP store sucks tremendously!! :\

Mardinium says:

+1 A Steam app would be awesome, TeamSpeak 3 is also very welcome!

ThaChaosKing says:

Tr2 and instagram is coming i think :D :D

wpward291 says:

Still just a link to YouTube mobile

Garghas says:

Nope, yours isnt updated yet.
Its a full app now, try again in some minutes

wpward291 says:

That makes sense thanks sir

Nice lookin app

bcasteel says:

MetroTube is THE YouTube solution for me on Surface and WP. This is nice but I already have a better option.
Glad to see this recent spate of app updates though!

Metrotube is nice but this update suddenly changes everything. I am getting rid of MetroTube right away. The official app is good enough. And fast ;)

Tolik Pugach says:

Erased Metrotube right away. The official app is really fast and clean. Love it!

Macco26 says:

As far as I have discovered MS app can't reply to a comment. It can only add main comments on the video. Metrotube allows nested comment replies. So far, I'm sticking with it.

Metrotube makes my battery hot as lava rocks and drains it fast.

wsantiago says:

I'm with Metrotube since they have always supported Windows Phone and I think its still way better than this official Microsoft Youtube app. What took soooooo looong?

DreadVenom says:

What took MS so long. Answer.... Google.

I use myTube, even after installing this I will still use myTube because it has really nice animations and is really clean. Maybe I will use the "official" YouTube client full time when it evolves a little more, but for now its playing substitute :P

WOW.... thats awesome... Microsoft seems to be back in business!

bguy_1986 says:

I won't say that until Xbox Music gets updated...

rahul4aug says:

Interesting as how Google agreed to let them do it. Seems like a complete U-turn.

Beshoy Hanna says:

Maybe it was a compromise bettween the two companies? Is that why we aren't seeing any more Scoogled ads?

he_shark says:

Well Google have open APIs for YouTube which other developers (MetroTube, etc) have been using for a while. So this is just a case of MS finally putting out a decent app using those apis, than any change at Google. Good news either way though.

Jeff Kibuule says:

MetroTube has been skirting the rules with it's YouTube app.

nope, metrotube hacked the APIs

B_Sack says:

Been great couple weeks!
official tumblr, new Facebook (beta), new foursquare, google finally stopped being a dick (Youtube)....

jusatin says:

This app has Nothing to do with Google.. It's all Microsoft baby!

KeegdnaB42 says:

Microsoft has wanted to release this for quite some time but google had to stop being a dick and allow them to.

oddom says:

Have u seen the relentless push from Microsoft to be an asshole to google? I would be a bit sour also

Ordeith says:

You have the cause and effect backwards.

Mad Strings says:

You realize Microsoft owns patents for things and Google has refused to compensate Microsoft for them? That my friend is called protecting your Intellectual Property. Otherwise, I dare you to make a game for whatever platform and let someone else release the same game with no changes and charge nothing or less than you. Bet the time and money you would lose would make you sue for the IP of your game. Google already tracks your every move on their services. So why not let them do whatever with no consequences and not even allow people to use your services even though they did the work. I bet this deals with the anticompetitive investigation against Google.

3lmanana says:

Microsoft made an app, but Google didn't allow them to access API and publish app.

thetuxmask says:

Man really wanted to see my store still says no update even try to look at the app it won't let me update only share anybody else

Dazzi says:

I'm in the UK and I've just updated, but it's still showing the mobile site -- going to uninstall and try again .

Bagsy says:

Same here. Im in the UK, just updated to V2.0 and its just going to the mobile site.

sepatown says:

This is version 3.0, so you updated to an older version.

Bagsy says:

Bizarre, I've had another update which has just 'updated' me back to V1.0

Nik Rolls says:

Same here. I will have to try later I guess.

boxa72 says:

Try changing ur region, I'm in Aussie n we usually get things last but I got ver3

Nik Rolls says:

I'm in NZ, so probably the same here! I got the update a couple of hours after posting that comment. Very nice. I like how the SD links from the WP Central app are picked up in the new Youtube app, from which I can select high quality.

vemulasri says:

You could also try grabbing the wpstore url and paste in your phone IE and keep refreshing it will give you the udpate in one or two attempts.

thetuxmask says:

Yes this worked thanks

Blocks9 says:

This is pretty encouraging news, esp for the arrival of the new Lumia flagship in the States. With these app updates, and more surely to follow, it can only be good news for Microsoft and Nokia.

willied says:

Very surprised Google cares enough to update this considering how little consideration they've given WP in the past. This is really nice to see.

Edit: Didn't realize this was done by Microsoft...of course...Google is still the devil.

kenzibit says:

Who knows, maybe Google+ is next

StevieBallz says:

The App is still being done by Microsoft. Google merely gave them access to do so. I'm not seeing Google do Apps themselves anytime soon.

willied says:

My mistake. I knew there was no way Google would be nice enough to do this themselves.

Z10YkakPES says:

Its not Google's update, MS made this and they updated it

Bartdog says:

which is a little bothersome if you're a glass-half-full kind of person.  I'll take it, myself.  Shows MS is supporting the platform. 

The App is made by Microsoft

sumton says:

its not google its microsoft app

willied says:

One person telling me is enough. Thanks.

StevieBallz says:

I guess we were all writing before refreshing comments to see that someone already had mentioned it.

sumton says:

i haven't seen all these comments when i wrote mine :\

rockstarzzz says:

Just to confirm, its not Google app, its made by Microsoft.

Just so you know. Microsoft made the app, not google.

mr toes says:

I think google made the app, didn't they? Noone seems to be confirming it though.

willied says:

I knew this was going to happen. Ha

Google is nota "devil" they simply will not support a small platform like yours.

willied says:

Agree to disagree.

Why is Google the "devil"

kenzibit says:

Windows Phone is a happy platform....exciting things happening to us. We thank God WP7 is still being remembered ;-)

theefman says:

And just a reminder for the obligatory WP7 remark, it IS coming to WP7! :)

joeyxl says:

Yes! Thank you Microsoft!

phing77 says:


You have nothing to thank Google for when it comes to developing the app

deloa84 says:

What he said... Thank Microsoft.

Still not here in uk...

nokia3660 says:

That is sad, I can confirm that it is up and running Down Under...

ricardios says:

More tiles for my start screen

bluemooberry says:

this is great news. 
i hated the original one, this one looks amazing.

Kristijan87 says:

It's a massive update! :) The one before hardly deserved to be called an application. It looks great, it's fast enough and it agrees with the metro philosophy. Good job, Microsoft! Now if only Google would give Microsoft access to full Google + API... :)

Here is hoping for an official google voice app!

tpitts15 says:

guess this will join the battle with metrotube and my tube now. nice to have choices!

gphoneone says:

Not in UK yet :(

rubenbest says:

So when i click a youtube link will it open that app??

Could anyone confirm that ? the new update is not yet live in the UK :( so excited though, good times.

rubenbest says:

I tested sadly :'(

aafa says:

i was hoping for the app to open when clicking on a youtube link outside the app...bah! maybe next update!?

rockstarzzz says:

UK hasn't got it yet. After dinner maybe ;)

antonm93 says:

Yes finally!! Although Metro tube has served me well up to this point 

jmadia says:

Wow! The update is really great :) i like metrotube but i hate their vid recommendations. It's good to have a lot of choices

Here's the amazing part: the search feature doesn't work!

theefman says:

Did for me when I tried.

Apparently, I have to press enter.
If I press the magnification glass, it doesn't do anything.

procen says:

You're right the magnifying glass doesn't for search only when you hit enter.

tried downloading but still the old version..

killakiloz says:

Soooo once again no love for Canada.....

Simon Tupper says:

Mine got updated

frriv31 says:

Same for me here in canada with Bell.  Still also can't get the new netfilx released a while ago in version 3.0.  Still can only download version 2.3.  I hope it won't do the same for this youtube app.

rockstarzzz says:

Feels so weird to say goodbye to Metrotube but will have to support official apps so that Google knows how many WP users they were actually screwing about all these years!

pranav rai says:

This is by MS, not google.

RolexDPracer says:

Not downloading for me. I'll try again later.

ade333 says:

Thx for the article but FUCK google. I stopped using their shit long ago and its a relief.

oddom says:

Very adult lol why don't you use YouTube?

ade333 says:

Because google is the modern day form of the devil!

neo158 says:

1. This app is by Microsoft, not Google.
2. If you stopped "using their shit long ago" then why do you care enough to post on here?

ade333 says:

Just because MS made it doesn't mean its ok with me. I despise google for their practices and think too many blindly go along with it. I voice my opinion because I care, just like the many who posted in support of it. I'm glad my post had an impact on you.

CJ Thunder says:

All this before the conferences this summer, interesting. What's next?

RaRa85 says:

Microsoft hasn't forgotten about us? How many of us got an official update and they still haven't fixed the broken live tile issue. What a piece of crap pie Microsoft handed us. I'm not upset at all about 7.8 but the wait and the fact that I had to get it unofficially(CAB installer method) and for it to have issues after that wait...don't piss on my leg and tell me it's

Tafsern says:

Dude, get another OS then! What is wrong with you??

RaRa85 says:

Easy to say and hard to do. The only thing holding me to WP is the fact that I truly do lose the OS or else I wouldn't put up with all these issues. But if T-Mobile does not get a high end Lumia device announced next week trust and believe the HTC One will be my next phone.

Amran Nagal says:

So google has stopped hating windows phone? :D

I think so. There was that extension to the Calendar sync and now this. WP is rising in prominence.

Eas195 says:

No, it still hates Windows Phone. And of course, this app is developed by Microsoft, not Google.

mr toes says:

Google still hates windows phone, but as it grows it is obliged to pay more attention to it, this is what we are seeing.

Amazing and really nice app.

Pleistoros says:

Many new features on an app.... Wait...still a link?

Your app is still not updated mate, check the version no, it should be v3.0, I'm still waiting for it.

silverdoe says:

I'll be damned! =)

erg1507 says:

it is fast, beautiful and metro now...

hacer619 says:

ok now I have both official youtube and metrotube apps help me decide which one I should use

sumton says:

use both of them

rockstarzzz says:

This one runs under lock screen. ONLY this one runs under the lock screen.

aerosmillie says:

Love this feature

rorrr says:

I don't know if this is true for WP8, but it's a straight up lie in regards to WP7. Open Metrotube > Go to Settings > Toggle "Run under lock." Start playing a video. Lock your phone... The video continues to play.

I have already removed MetroTube from my phone.

Z10YkakPES says:

Too bad for you

beehumble says:

Not available in Canada yet.

WPmunkey says:

Kick ass! Only negative I see is the icon background changed from the iconic WP black to the normal white.

Epic Pie says:

Finally, the app that we've been waiting for... Well, at least for me

Shambels says:

Yeah it really clashes with my color scheme!! I want the black tile back this one looks like one of the copy apps on the market. But that aside it looks like I'll be using the official app ones again!

tositem says:

Updated it, and still take me to


PipoDj says:

Uninstall and try again. The app ins't live to all markets yet or better yet use the windows phone website ;)

vijax21 says:

i scanned QR code.. it still downloads the usual link shortcut
EDIT - OK not available in SIngapore then

myfyp2 says:

It is now available in Singapore :)

vijax21 says:

Thanks mate.. :) Cheers!

Johnny Lam says:

Abolsutely love it, a great hit for Windows Phone, let's just hope Google+,Instagram and others come soon.  Working great on Lumia920 Search works streams quick and love the download feature

jusatin says:

Play under lockscreen? Byebye metrotube and mytube, Welcome youtube!

mr toes says:

I think it is still important to support the hardworking devs that create amazing apps, even if the official apps fulfill your needs. Im sticking with metrotube and mytube for now

Jake52 says:

Maybe I'm missing something but it still looks like we still can't upload anything to our YouTube account. Don't get me wrong, the new app looks great, but I think we are only getting 1/2 the functionality if we can't take videos from our phone and upload them to YouTube.

sinime says:

Meh, that appears to be the case, no uploading videos. Unless we are both missing something?

Already updated...great app,you can Play videos under lock screen :)

Hackthebone says:

Now there just needs to be an official google+ app.

App ? Are you fucking Kidding me.. Its just a Bookmark which opens up IE 10 & Loads up the Mobile version of Youtube...... Meh  -_-

avinash123 says:

Its not updated for  you version is awesome 

CronGM says:

Nope, it's a full app. Maybe it's not available in your region yet. Check back later.

rockstarzzz says:

You need to learn to read the article or at best view the photos!

Eas195 says:

+620 for this comment!