How to download YouTube app in laptop

Although Google has a native YouTube app for Android and iOS, there was never an official app for Windows 10. After many years, the company still has not built a native application for the Windows platform. However, now YouTube is a Progressive Web App (PWA), which you can install on Windows 10 using the latest version of Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

Progressive web app refers to the technology that allows websites to offer an app-like experience to users, such as the ability to work offline, notifications, automatic updates, easy installation and uninstallation, and various other features. However, it is up to the developer to implement these functionalities.

In the case of the YouTube app, Google only offers basic features, and you won’t find an option to download videos or use the app without an internet connection.

In this guide, you will learn how to install (and uninstall) the YouTube progressive web application on Windows 10.

  • Install YouTube app on Windows 10 using Microsoft Edge
  • Install YouTube app on Windows 10 using Chrome

Install YouTube app on Windows 10 using Microsoft Edge

To install the YouTube app on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

  2. Open YouTube website.

  3. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button in the top-right corner.

  4. Select the Apps submenu.

  5. Click the Install YouTube option.

  6. Click the Install button.

Once you complete the steps, the progressive web app (PWA) version of YouTube will install on Windows 10, and it will be available from the Start menu.

Uninstall YouTube app from Microsoft Edge

To remove YouTube from Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button in the top-right corner.

  3. Select the Apps submenu.

  4. Click the Manage apps options.

  5. Under the “Installed apps” section, click the Details button for YouTube.

  6. Click the Uninstall button.

  7. (Optional) Check the “Also clear data from Microsoft Edge” option.

  8. Click the Remove button.

Alternatively, you can also uninstall the YouTube app from Settings > Apps > Apps & features, selecting the app and clicking the Uninstall button. Or, from the Start menu, right-click the app, and select the Uninstall button.

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YouTube is one of the largest online video platform by Google used by billions across the globe. It allows you to upload and stream videos from wherever, as long as you have a good Internet connection. It can be accessed through any web browser on Windows 10.

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Unlike Netflix, there is no official YouTube app for Windows 10 or Windows 11. Google was never interested in developing an app for Microsoft Store. Watching Youtube videos inside a UWP app has several advantages over watching inside a browser. The app can make use of Windows 10 advanced graphics and performance features to enhance video and audio quality.

Table of contents

  • How to install YouTube app on Windows 10
  • How to install YouTube web app on Windows 10
    • Install YouTube web app on Microsoft Edge
    • Install Youtube app on Google Chrome
    • Youtube app keyboard shortcuts
  • Best YouTube Apps for Windows 10
    • Minitube Youtube App
    • FreeTube
    • Echoes Player
    • MotionBox
  • Closing words

There have recently been rumors that Google might be working on a dedicated application for Windows 10 recently, but it has not been confirmed, nor has Google made any comment on the matter. They had earlier also declined to make an app for Windows phones. Nonetheless, you can still get an app for YouTube on your Windows 10 PC with a neat trick.

We must inform you that the YouTube application installed will only be functional through the keyboard and cannot be controlled using a mouse. Having said that, it is still fully operational.

Let us continue to see how you can install YouTube application on your PC.

How to install YouTube app on Windows 10

Google did not specifically make an app to run on Windows 10. However, they did make one to run on Xbox, which is readily available to download on Microsoft app Store for Xbox. Since a portion of Xbox’s Operating System is a modified version of Windows 8, which has the same backbone as Windows 10, the YouTube app designed for Xbox can also run on any PC having Windows 10.

The installation is relatively easy and involves an additional step to download the application package through a third website. Follow the steps below to install the YouTube app on your Windows 10 computer.

  1. # Open the YouTube link on Microsoft Store and copy the URL from the address bar. If prompted to log in, enter your Microsoft account credentials.
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  2. # Open AdGuard website to download the YouTube application package. On the home page, paste the copied URL into the address box, select Retail from the drop-down menu beside it, and then click on the checkbox.
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  3. # Now right-click the link ending with .appx for your respective Windows platform (32-bit or 64-bit), and then click Copy link address from the context menu.
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  4. # Now open a new tab/window in the web browser, paste the copied address, and press Enter. Your download should now begin.
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  5. # Once downloaded, execute the package. The installation wizard will now run. Click on Install.
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  6. # The installation should take about 30 seconds. The wizard will automatically close and the YouTube app will now launch if the “Launch when ready” box is initially checked.
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You can now enjoy the YouTube application on your Windows 10 computer without any hassle. As mentioned before, you will need to navigate through the app using only your keyboard, just as you would on an Xbox.

If you want to remove/delete the app, navigate to the following:

Start Menu -> Settings -> Apps

Now scroll down, click on the YouTube app, and then click Uninstall.

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How to install YouTube web app on Windows 10

We have already written about how you can create and install progressive web app for most sites including Youtube and Facebook. Modern browsers including Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome provide us with an option to automatically create a web app for Youtube.

Also check out how to Create Progressive Web App (PWA) of any website on Windows 10 (Including Youtube, Facebook)

Although web apps don’t provide as much flexibility as the actual UWP Windows 10 app, they are better than opening Youtube in a browser. They follow Youtube’s official web interface.

A Youtube progressive web app will have the same functionality as in Youtube for web but when you click on the Youtube icon on the Desktop, it will open Youtube web app directly without opening the browser first.

Youtube web app also supports picture in picture mode so you can easily keep the video on top of all other windows.

Let’s go through the process of creating a web app for Youtube on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome separately.

Install YouTube web app on Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser
  2. Open https://youtube.com
  3. Go to Edge Settings –> Apps –> Install YouTube
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This will create a Youtube shortcut on the Desktop. You can open Youtube directly by double-clicking the shortcut without opening the browser first.

You can also click on the Web app icon in the address bar to install Youtube app automatically. The web app icon will only appear on websites that support creating progressive web apps.

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Install Youtube app on Google Chrome

Google Chrome also supports creating an app for Youtube. Follow the steps below to install the Youtube app using Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser
  2. Open https://youtube.com
  3. Go to Chrome Settings –> Install Youtube
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This will create a Youtube shortcut on the Desktop. You can open Youtube directly by double-clicking the shortcut without opening the browser first.

You can also click on the Web app icon in the address bar to install Youtube app automatically. The web app icon will only appear on websites that support creating progressive web apps.

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Youtube app keyboard shortcuts

One of the advantages of Youtube app is that you can use your keyboard to control most of the aspects of Youtube. Here are some keyboard shortcuts that you can use to control the Youtube web app:

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Here is the complete list of Youtube keyboard shortcuts. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Best YouTube Apps for Windows 10

If Google doesn’t provide a YouTube app for Windows 10, it is not the end of the world.

Minitube Youtube App

Minitube is one of the best YouTube apps for viewing YouTube videos on a desktop computer. It is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux (Debian and Ubuntu). It is a very small application that runs almost instantly on a Windows PC. It is free to use but does not provide automatic updates or support. You will receive lifetime support and automatic updates once you purchase the app.

Minitube YouTube appMinitube YouTube app

Minitube has a very simple user interface consisting of three tabs: Search, Browse and Subscriptions. Using the Browse tab, you can browse YouTube using a specific country or worldwide. The browse and subscriptions tabs did not function correctly, but the search tab worked perfectly for me.

Once the application has been downloaded and installed, you will see a screen with three options: Use Demo, Enter License, and Buy License. You can use the app for free by selecting Use Demo.

Download Minitube

FreeTube

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FreeTube Player is one of the best desktop players for YouTube that is open source and free. The primary advantage of FreeTube is that it plays YouTube videos without advertisements and prevents Google from tracking your device.

FreeTube Player is extremely fast and can also be used to download YouTube videos for offline viewing. A mini-window mode is also available, which operates similarly to the Picture-in-Picture mode of a browser.

FreeTube’s only disadvantage is the quality of the videos. This application can only play or download video files up to 720p resolution.

FreeTube is available for MacOS, Windows and Linux.

Download FreeTube

Echoes Player

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Echoes Player is another free and open-source YouTube media player that focuses on privacy. It has a very sleek interface that enhances the user experience. Echoes Player blocks all YouTube advertisements, so you can watch your videos without distractions.

Echoes Player is available as a Google Chrome extension. You can install the extension in any of your Chromium based browsers including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi or Opera.

Echoes Player gives the user the option to create playlists easily and play videos and music without any interruption.

Install Echoes Player from Chrome Web Store

MotionBox

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If you are looking for a video browser that can browse videos not only from YouTube but also from other video streaming services like Dailymotion, Vimeo, SoundCloud etc, MotionBox is the perfect fit.

MotionBox is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Download MotionBox

Closing words

YouTube is a popular platform to share your candid and professional videos with the entire world. The YouTube application makes that experience pleasant with its better interface and controls. However, the application does not continue to play audio when it is minimized. Hence, it would not be possible to listen to music while the application runs in the background.

Will you be switching to the app version of YouTube or continue using it through a browser?

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Usman Khurshid

Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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