How to Share a YouTube Video Via Text Message on an iPhone

Last updated: December 15, 2016

YouTube has an incredible library of original videos, and even the most ardent YouTube fan is unlikely to have seen all of the good ones. This leads to an environment where people are sharing links to great videos all the time.

One of the places where YouTube videos are watched most frequently is smartphones, so having the ability to send a YouTube link directly to the text message app on a smartphone is very convenient. The steps in our guide below will show you how to share a YouTube link via message through the YouTube app.

Click here to see how to share a link from the YouTube app

Click here to see how to share a link from a page in Safari


Sharing YouTube Links from the YouTube App Via Text Message on an iPhone 6 Plus

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.1.2.

These steps will use the YouTube app available in the App Store. The version being used is the most updated one at the time this article was written.


Step 1: Open the YouTube app.

open the youtube app



Step 2: Find the video that you want to share, then tap it to start watching it.

find the video to share



Step 3: Tap the video to bring up the on-screen controls, then tap the Share icon.

tap the arrow icon on the video



Step 4: Select the Message option.

tap the messages icon

Enter the contact name of phone number of the person with whom you want to share the video, then tap the Send button.

send the link to someone



How to Share a YouTube Link via Text Message from a Safari Page on Your iPhone

Step 1: Navigate to the YouTube video that you would like to share.


Step 2: Tap the arrow icon under the video.

tap the share icon under the video



Step 3: Tap and hold on the link, then select the Share option. Note that this can be a little awkward if you have an iPhone with 3D Touch. You need to tap and hold on the link with a light touch. If you press too hard, the video opens in a new window.

tap and hold the link, then select the Share option

Step 4: Select the Message option.

select the Messages option



Step 5: Type the name of the desired recipient into the To field at the top of the screen, then tap the arrow icon to the right of the YouTube link to send the video.

enter the recipient, then tap the arrow button to send



Have you found a Web page on your iPhone that you want to share with someone? Read here to find out how to share Web links through the Safari app on your device. newsletter

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