“Play” lets you access YouTube videos from your home screen
The YouTube app lets you tag videos to watch later, but there aren’t many options available for organizing the videos you choose. With “Play”, a new app for iOS and macOS devices, you can not only bookmark YouTube videos, but also organize them and even access them from your home screen.
The game was created by Marcos Tanaka, the same developer behind MusicHarbor. However, while MusicHarbor focuses on helping users follow the artists they love, Play was designed with YouTube in mind. While you can manually add videos to the app, Play is integrated with the system’s share sheet, so you don’t need to leave the YouTube app to tag videos.
Once you tap to save a video, the app automatically identifies its metadata, which includes the title, channel name, and post date. Users can also customize tags to organize their “Watch Later” videos.
But what is probably the coolest feature of the app is having a home screen widget. This way, you can check and open your bookmarked videos directly from your iPhone or iPad home screen. The widget is customizable and everything is synced with other devices via iCloud.
It’s worth noting that Play also works with Siri Shortcuts, allowing you to automate workflows using app data.
Videos can be imported, added via the share sheet or by drag and drop. Users can view them in a list, grid, or table (macOS), search, filter, sort, and organize using tags. iCloud keeps everything up to date on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Add and customize a few widgets to have YouTube on your home screen and start watching with just one click.
play is available on the App Store for $1.99 as a one-time purchase. The app works with iPhone, iPad and even Mac.