Twitter Starts Letting iOS Users View YouTube Videos In-App


Twitter has started rolling out a feature to watch YouTube videos from directly in the timeline, without having to switch apps. This feature is being tested on iOS for now and it will spare you from jumping to different apps for viewing content. If a user shares a YouTube link in his tweet, the video will show up in preview with the tweet, and pressing the play button will allow the user to view it on Twitter itself. This comes as a part of many other features that Twitter is testing to improve how users share and view media on Twitter.

In a new tweet, the company has confirmed that it is ‘testing a way to watch YouTube videos directly in your Home timeline, without leaving the conversation on Twitter.’ This feature has been rolled out for iOS users starting today, and it could take a while before all users are able to experience it. Twitter hasn’t confirmed when Android users will be able to test it. This feature is common in other messaging apps like WhatsApp, which allows users to watch third party media content in-app.

Videos from other platforms, like Instagram, Facebook will still redirect you to the app concerned. For these videos, you’ll still have to leave Twitter for viewing them.

Apart from this, Twitter has also been testing an improved way in which a single image appears on the timeline. Earlier, the tweet was cropped to a certain degree on the timeline, and when you click on it, you could then see the entire image. However, the company has been testing a way in which the entire image shows up on the timeline, instead of the cropped version. This testing is being conducted for both Android and iOS users. Additionally, it is also testing ways for users to upload and view 4K images on the platform.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to

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