Thanks to a new app called WatchTube (opens in new tab) from developer Hugo Mason (spotted by Gizmodo), there is now a YouTube app for the Apple Watch. While a smartwatch isn’t an ideal device to endlessly browse through YouTube content (small display, tiny speakers), knowing that you can makes the free app worthwhile.
The Apple Watch app is available to download on the App Store, letting you play YouTube videos, like and subscribe to content, search channels and playlists, and gives you a feed of trending videos to binge-watch. What’s more, it has its own algorithm that adapts to the content you watch.
The app doesn’t link to a user’s YouTube account, as the developer states “anything you interact with is stored on the device for privacy reasons.” Content is generated offline, as your feed will deliver a curated list of videos from what you’ve watched on the Apple Watch and to who you’ve subscribed to. Plus, you’re able to view information and all the comments on the videos you watch.
I tested the app using an Apple Watch SE, and it allowed me to skip through certain parts of YouTube videos by rotating the Digital Crown. Captions are available if you’re able to read extremely tiny words. While it’s neat to procrastinate by watching one too many videos on my wrist, the display is absolutely tiny and, while not bad, Apple Watch speakers aren’t meant to dish out audio from videos (although, you can pair wireless headphones for far better audio). Apple Watch Series 7 owners will likely have a better experience, if only by a fraction.
You can check out the WatchTube app yourself by heading to the App Store (opens in new tab) on your Apple Watch and downloading the app. You’ll 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 being able to load up a clip.
Regardless, the developer is continuing to work on making the app more stable. Is it the best way to watch YouTube videos? Of course not, but it goes to 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.