Access YouTube videos directly from iPhone Home Screen with Play app

A YouTube focuses app “Play” by Marcos Antonio Tanaka allows users to easily organize the content they will like to watch later and also access it directly from the Home Screen. The YouTube app enables users to save videos to watch later only.  


The “Play” app makes it easy to add and watch YouTube videos on iOS and macOS

Play app is integrated with the system’s Share Sheet which automatically identifies the bookmarked videos without leaving the YouTube app. In addition, users can manually add videos on the app by dragging and dropping their URL in the app. The marked “Watch Later” videos library can be organized by channel names, uploaded dates, and more.

iOS users can directly play the bookmarked YouTube videos from their Home Screens via Play widgets. And with iCloud support, users’ content is updated across devices.

Easily add videos by dragging and dropping them into the app. You can view your videos in a list, search, filter, sort, and organize them using tags. iCloud sync keeps your database up-to-date on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Start watching with one tap, from the app or from the Control Center, with some of Play’s customizable widgets.


The latest update of the app brings a new organization option, import shortcut, support for IINA media player, and more. The release notes read:

  • Autodetects YouTube links in the clipboard when opening the Add Video window.
  • You can now confirm an import using the Command-Return (⌘⏎) keyboard shortcut.
  • Watch videos using the IINA media player. If you have IINA installed, go to Video > Open in IINA, or use the Command-I (⌘I) keyboard shortcut.
  • Added the ability to rename a tag.
  • Added an option to sort the videos randomly.

Download the Play app from the App Store for a $1.99 one-time purchase. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac and requires iOS 15.0 or later and macOS 12.0 or later, respectively.

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