How To Keep Accessing YouTube on Your First-Generation iPad

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Google has modified its YouTube service in such a way that the app for this service that came pre-installed on the original iPad no longer functions. There is a work-around for this, however.

YouTube Gone

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Back in 2010 when this device was first released, Google and Apple closely collaborated, to the point where many Google services came pre-installed on the iPad and iPhone, including a YouTube app. This meant that the only way to update this app was to upgrade the operating system. Five years later, Apple has stopped released new OS versions for the original iPad, so this app can longer be updated to keep up with modifications to the video-streaming service, including some changes to the YouTube Data API that were implemented this week.

Any iPad running iOS 7 or higher isn’t affected by this problem, and even the second-generation iPad and the original iPad mini can be upgraded all the way to iOS 8.3. This means that only users of Apple’s original tablet are in a bind.

Keep Accessing YouTube

Users of the first-generation iPad don’t have the option of going to the Apple App Store and downloading a new version of YouTube, as there isn’t one compatible with this older device because it is still running, at best, iOS 6.

However, iPad 1 users can go to m.youtube.com with the built-in Safari web browser to continue accessing YouTube. While not as user-friendly as the app, it’s completely functional.

This isn’t a temporary problem that Google or Apple are working to fix. The YouTube app on the iPad 1 isn’t ever going to work again.

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  1. Djxbomb

    Everytime I try To watch a video on the mobile version I get a black screen. Can anyone help?

  2. Handleabc

    Using m.youtube.com worked for me for several months; but now, like Djxbomb, I just get a black screen when I try to play a video. 
    On the left is an A with an L under it, by moving back on forth I was able to work out the A is the start of the message “An error occured please try again later”, which has been covered over by a black box.
    I am thinking that you tube maybe deliberately throwing this black screen error as the adverts did not work correctly on the iPad 1.
    I haven’t been able to see any other posts about this issue with playing you tube videos, is there any help/info out there?