Hunt for YouTube Videos on Your iPad - dummies

Hunt for YouTube Videos on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

So where do you find YouTube videos to watch on your iPad? You might want to start by tapping one of the seven buttons along the bottom of the screen of your iPad.

But before you start down that road, if you know what you’re looking for, you can search for it, be it a specific video, topic, videographer’s name, or almost anything else you might want to search for, from any of the seven “departments” described.

You see, all seven of them offer a Search field in their upper-right corner. Just tap in it, and the by-now-familiar virtual keyboard appears. Type a search phrase and then tap the Search key on the keyboard to generate results.

In this figure, the user searched for (what else?) iPad.


Now all you have to do is tap one of the video results to watch it.

Time to go over those seven buttons at the bottom of the screen, namely:

  • Featured: Videos recommended by YouTube’s staff. Flick upward to scroll down the page and see more videos.

    When you reach the bottom of the page, tap the Load More button to see even more featured videos.

  • Top Rated: These are videos that are rated highly by YouTube viewers. Tap the Today, This Week, or All button in the upper-left corner of the screen to filter the videos you see.

  • Most Viewed: These are the videos that are most watched by YouTube viewers. Tap All to see the most-watched YouTube videos of all time. Tap Today or This Week to check out the videos most currently in vogue.


  • Favorites: If you’re signed in to your YouTube account, you can add videos that you like to your Favorites list. Tap the Favorites button, which looks like an open book at the bottom of the screen and also appears when you’re watching a video.

    At the top of the Favorites screen are two tabs: Favorites and Playlists, with Favorites selected by default. Favorites is one big list of videos you like; Playlists are individual lists of your favorite videos categorized however you like.

    If you tap the Playlists tab, you can see a list of your playlists. Of course, you must be signed in to a YouTube account to use this feature. And, surprisingly, you can’t create a playlist while using the YouTube app. You have to visit with a web browser to create one.

    The Edit button in the upper-left corner of the Favorites and Playlists screens lets you delete videos that are no longer your favorites. Tap the button and then tap the little x in the upper-left corner of each video that you want to remove from your Favorites list or playlists. When you’re finished deleting videos, tap the Done button (also found in the upper-left corner).

    Your Favorites list and playlists are automatically saved and synced among all your devices — Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad. Add a video to your Favorites list or a playlist on your iPad, and the next time you visit YouTube with your web browser, you see the video in your Favorites list or playlist. Nice touch!

  • Subscriptions: These are videos from any YouTube channels that you subscribe to. You can’t subscribe to a videographer’s YouTube channel with the YouTube app. And you need to be logged on to your YouTube account to use this feature.

  • My Videos: These are videos you’ve uploaded to YouTube. Of course, you must be logged on to your YouTube account to use this feature. What else is new? And, of course, if you’ve never uploaded a video to YouTube, this screen will be blank even if you’re logged on.

  • History: This is a list of all the videos you’ve viewed recently.