YouTube Universal Links

YouTube Universal Links make it easy to move between the YouTube app and other apps on your iOS device. When you click on any YouTube link (including,, and, your iOS device will automatically open the link in the YouTube App. 

Universal Links are automatically turned on for all devices that use iOS 9 or iOS 10 as the operating system. To return to your previous app, click the back arrow at the top of the page.

We recommend using the latest available version of YouTube app because it has more features than the mobile web version.

Turn off Universal Links

Universal links are turned on by default, but you can turn them off.

  1. Open the YouTube app on iOS.
  2. Tap the “” arrow at the top of the screen to open the page in Safari.

Your device will now open YouTube links in Safari.

Note that you can’t turn off Universal Links if you’re using iOS9 and have entered the YouTube app through a “” link.

Turn on Universal Links

You can turn Universal Links back on.

  1. Open the YouTube mobile site.
  2. Tap Open at the top of your mobile browser.

Certain links and applications will ask “Open in ‘YouTube’?” In this case, select Open to go to the YouTube app.

Google Search results about YouTube from iPhones/iPods direct to, while Google Search results about YouTube from iPads direct to

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