Apple Watch comes with a selection of handy features, such as fitness tracking, advanced health monitoring, and can even be used as a flashlight. Now you can watch YouTube videos on your wrist.
Thanks to a new app called WatchTube (opens in new tab) by developer Hugo Mason (tracked down by Gizmodo), is now a YouTube app for the Apple Watch. While a smartwatch is not an ideal device for endlessly browsing YouTube content (small display, small speakers), knowing that you to be able makes the free app worth the effort.
The Apple Watch app is available for download in the App Store, allowing you to play YouTube videos, like content and subscribe to content, search channels and playlists, and gives you a feed of trending videos to watch. What’s more, it has its own algorithm that adapts to the content you see.
The app is not linked to a user’s YouTube account because the developer states “everything you interact with is stored on the device for privacy reasons.” Content is generated offline because your feed will provide a compiled list of videos from what you saw on the Apple Watch and to whom you subscribed. Plus, you can view information and all the comments on the videos you watch.
I tested the app with an Apple Watch SE, and it let me skip certain parts of YouTube videos by turning on the Digital Crown. Captions are available if you can read extremely small words. While it’s nice to put off by watching one too many videos on my wrist, the display is absolutely small and, although not bad, Apple Watch speakers are not meant to distribute audio from videos (even if you have wireless headphones can pair for much better audio). Apple Watch Series 7 owners are likely to have a better experience, if only a fraction.
You can check out the WatchTube app yourself by going to the App Store (opens in new tab) on your Apple Watch and download the app. You will first be greeted with a list of trending YouTube videos to choose from, but you can also search for content. In my experience it took a long time to load a video, and I got a few error messages before I could load a clip.
However, the developer continues to work to make the app more stable. Is it the best way to watch YouTube videos? Of course not, but it will show what the Apple Watch is capable of. For more on what your Apple Watch will be able to do, check out what’s to come with watchOS 9.