Windows 8.1 comes with many new features and one of the major one is the new Windows Store which allows you to install app on your Windows 8.1 desktops and tablets from the app store. YouTube being the most popular video sharing service, you might obviously want to use it on your tablets, but Google has already mentioned that it wont be developing any Google apps for Windows 8.1 as of now.
But like any other platform, there are many alternative apps developed by other software developers, some of them providing better features than the official app (on other platforms). In this article we will cover the best third party YouTube players and downloaders available for Windows 8.1.
PrimeTube is the most elegant way to access YouTube from your Windows 8.1 tablet, desktop, and laptop. The app is created by the developers of the acclaimed Windows Phone PrimeTube app. Uniquely designed ,the app provides you an immersive experience to search, watch and manage your YouTube videos. Record and Upload videos to YouTube in just a few clicks. You can also manage subscriptions, favorites, playlists and watch later videos. We have covered this app on this blog.
TubeLite (formerly YouTube+) is the top rated YouTube application for Windows 8.1. This is a paid app with a free trial version available. The feature rich client allows you to view common video feeds like popular, trending and most recent. You can also a select a region to view region specific results. You can search for YouTube videos and filter based on category and relevance. The trial version is ad supported and fully functional.
ANDATUBE is a Free limited time YouTube client specialized in Music and Movies, where you can browse, stream,download your favorite videos with easily. One of the best feature of this app is that it shows lyrics of popular videos while playing them. More details available here.
MetroTube is probably the most popular third party YouTube app for Windows Phone and they are available on Windows 8.1 as well. This app allows almost everything including search, subscriptions, watch later, favorites, uploads and more. The interface of the app is also pretty good.
5. Your Tube 8:
Your Tube 8 is a simple and fast YouTube client Windows 8.1 app which allows you to search for YouTube videos and view them from your Windows 8.1 device. The UI is attractive and the navigation system is simple. Search can be performed by keyword (in English), category or type or by any combination between them.
There are many more apps in the Windows store which allows you to search and watch YouTube videos also with the option to download them.
As the name indicates, the app allows you to cast video to your DLNA device (Smart TV, XBOXOne/360, XBMC) apart from watching YouTube videos. This app is pretty popular on Windows Phone and is now offered as an universal app. The app comes in both paid and free versions. You can log into your YouTube account and watch all the videos and even watch 4k videos.