The new ProTube Extension for YouTube is a much refined experience

By , Apr 20, 2013

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Jonas Gessner, the hardworking developer behind the ProTube line of jailbreak apps, is back again. He’s updated his ProTube Extension for YouTube tweak to be leaner, faster, better looking, and better functioning. It’s an evolution of a tweak that we reviewed earlier this year, and I can tell you that after using version 2.0, it’s a pretty significant improvement over its predecessor.

The whole premise behind ProTube Extension is to supercharge Google’s very on YouTube app. This isn’t a replacement for the YouTube app, but an enhancer for it. It’s how the YouTube app would function if it was on a regular diet of anabolic steroids. The good thing about ProTube Extension? No ill side effects. Take a look inside as we go hands on with one of the best YouTube enhancing tweaks that you’ll find on Cydia…

The first thing you’ll notice about the new ProTube is its updated design. It’s not a drastic departure from the previous version, but many of the design elements have been tweaked and refined to make for a more cohesive experience. The new design is most apparent with the download manager, which heavily benefits from the visual refinements.

Outside of the visuals, there are a lot of functional enhancements that make this new version of ProTube more of a pleasure to use. For instance, there’s now an option to tap and hold on a video to begin the download process. That means that you no longer need to start watching the video before you’re able to download it.

Along that same theme, there’s a new option in ProTube’s preferences that allows you to disabled auto-play on videos. I don’t know about you, but I find it annoying when YouTube decides to automatically start a video just because I loaded up the video page. With ProTube, you now have the option of examining the video’s description and comments before it begins playing.

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The post download experience is uber refined as well. ProTube Extension for YouTube includes a new audio player, that looks and feels much like the stock Music app in iOS. This audio player complements the audio only downloads, which are an option with ProTube installed.

Speaking of audio, those of you who peruse YouTube to listen to music videos will be especially happy. ProTube has a toggle in its preferences that lets you enable or disable backgrounded audio. This means that you can start a video, close YouTube, and still listen to that video play in the background. It’s perfect for those of you who use YouTube for your music listening.

Still not convinced about all of the new goodness baked into the latest ProTube update? Give the change-log a once-over, and you’ll surely change your mind:

  • All new design to fit into the look of the YouTube app
  • Added support for the latest version of the YouTube app
  • Added background audio playback for videos
  • The download manager is completely redesigned with awesome new features and even better UX
  • Make playlists for downloaded videos for better management
  • Download can be paused and resumed at any time
  • Even failed downloads can be resumed where they failed
  • Added a full featured music player for downloaded audio files
  • Full Bridge integration, never leave the app again when importing songs!
  • Multi selection editing which makes managing videos so much easier
  • Added an option for the default playback quality
  • Added an option to disable autoplay
  • Added an option to select the audio download quality
  • Added 18+ age restriction bypass
  • Added blocked video bypass
  • Added an option to select the Main page (What to Watch or subscriptions)
  • Added some other options (you can see them in the settings panel)

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ProTube Extension for YouTube is now available as a free upgrade for those of you who already purchased the previous version. Others will need to shell out the $0.99 purchase price.

What do you think about the new feature set and refinements? Share your thoughts and observations in the comment section below.

For an in-depth comparison between YourTube and ProTube, be sure to check out our comparison feature.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Novarro/1499444086 Alexander Novarro

    Better then YourTube?

    • http://www.facebook.com/raaed.rizza.7 Raaed Rizza

      yeah, much better, yourtube had so many glitches. it wouldnt even let me comment.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

        I never had a single issue with YourTube. I just tried ProTube again and… yeah, it got better but it truly depends on what you do with these tweaks. Both are really good; I still like YourTube GUI a bit better though.

      • http://twitter.com/FahadMaamari Fahad AlMaamari

        I have YourTube and it works just fine without any problem after the latest update. It does the job (downloading videos) very well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

        Who and why your message was disliked is something I don’t understand… nor care.
        I got word from the developers that when the new version of YourTube comes out, it will feature a lot of the requested functionalities YourTube currently has (whatever they are).

    • http://twitter.com/_lemonhead94_ lemonhead

      No, definitely not do to the lack of Gremelin Support…

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Yeah, as the dev wants you to purchase another of his tweaks (Bridge) in order to get the same result (with a little sugar coating) gremlin offers. Though, buying both of them does come in at a $1 cheaper price than YourTube.

      • http://twitter.com/_lemonhead94_ lemonhead

        No Bridge doesn’t even allow u to do that they can not be synced with iTunes. That’s a shame !
        Also he replied to me on twitter saying Gremlin can’t sync songs with iTunes either, but when I tried it. It worked perfectly.

        So I’m sorry but I can’t stand this developer…

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Lol, the news must have really slowed down, ’cause you seem to be falling back to the basics and been-out-for-a-while tweaks.

    • Jeff

      Um, this literally just came out a couple of hours ago.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Oh, just checked Cydia and I see what you’re reviewing; a renamed clone of ProTube 2, which has been out for a while.

      • iphone4sgamer

        Dude, what are you talking about

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Never heard of ProTube 2? Must be new to the jailbreak scene.

      • iphone4sgamer

        Lol you must be new because he’s clearly saying how protube 2 VERSION 2.0 has been updated.

      • http://twitter.com/jamalqurban Jamal

        ProTube 2 is a stand-alone app. The ProTube extension is an add on for the official Youtube App made by the same developer. -.-

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        No it’s not, nice try though. The dev just rename ProTube 2 to ProTube Extension for YouTube.

      • Jeff

        Dude, you’re making yourself look very foolish. Just stop. Its’ the same developer, Jonas Gessner. He contacted me personally.

      • http://twitter.com/raaomoka Raashid

        Google “ProTube 2!” and you’ll see several YouTube videos from 2012 demoing the extension he’s referring to before it was renamed to “ProTube Extension for YouTube”.

      • http://twitter.com/YzMENTALzY YzMENTALzY

        Hey Jeff i think i know what the guy is on about. He is saying protube 2 is a clone whereas it isnt there is a protube 2 which was created for the official google youtube app but the name was changed to protube extension for youtube… Protube 2 only shows up on hacked repos tho…. By the way i buy all my tweaks but some old tweaks i could not get so i use hacked repo before i get a bollocking by everyone….just to clear the mist.

      • Guest

        I think you need to educate yourself a little better. The dev hasn’t renamed anything. He maintains a standalone app and an addon to cater for everybody. Its personal preference for which one you want to go for…

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Add the InsanelyI repo and you’ll see what I’m referring to. I have the damn ProTube 2 extension installed right now and it’s the same thing, just renamed and added the settings section.

      • Guest

        Sigh….insanelyi is a pirate repo.
        I give up… my brain hurts :S

      • iphone4sgamer

        Its the pirated version you moron, go to cydia type Protube Extensions for Youtube in the BIGBOSS repo and youll see that its VERSION 2.0

      • http://twitter.com/raaomoka Raashid

        No noobs, google “ProTube 2!” and you’ll see several youtube videos from 2012 that demo the extension before it was renamed to “ProTube Extension for Youtube”.

      • iphone4sgamer

        Look Protube 2 was never an extension it was a stand alone app, My argument isnt if its changed or not, and besides the reason why his wasn’t changed is because he is using a pirated repo version. The article is saying how the extension is updated on the legitimate big boss repo.

      • http://twitter.com/raaomoka Raashid

        Lol, still in denial even after the dev clearly stated (scroll up just a bit) it was renamed just a few months back….

      • iphone4sgamer

        if you read I said Protube 2 at its time was only a stand alone tweak before the dev updated it, now mrelectricfyer is saying that it wasn’t changed to an extension on insanelyi repo, that’s because his copy is cracked and Jonas Gessner I’m sure doesn’t update his own cracked tweaks meaning to say that nobody updated it on insanelyi. What I’m saying is that its been changed from Protube 2 to Protube Extensions for YouTube version 2.0 on the big boss repo were its legitimately paid for.

      • http://twitter.com/JonasGessner Jonas Gessner

        Hey there. ProTube 2 has been renamed to “ProTube Extension for YouTube” a few months back and it now received this massive update, I don’t see what your problem is. And I don’t give a damn about your illegal repos. There is no crack for ProTube Extension version 2.0

      • Immortal1s

        What is wrong with you man? Read the article before commenting. Literally the 2nd sentence of the article reads “He’s updated his ProTube Extension for YouTube tweak to be leaner, faster, better looking, and better functioning.” No one said it was a brand new tweak…

      • Ben

        Bro, you sound like a fool.

      • http://www.facebook.com/raaed.rizza.7 Raaed Rizza

        Dude, ProTube 2 is an APP whereas ProTube Extension for YouTube is an EXTENSION!

      • N3XuS.eXe

        Dude what on earth are you on about. Its not a clone of anything. ProTube standalone app and the ProTube extension is developed by the same person….

    • N3XuS.eXe

      Errrr Mr. Smarty-Pants… Jeff is reviewing version 2 of the tweak…. Which just came out a few hours ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

    If you look a little bit closer, you can see the iPhone is jailbroken.

    • http://www.facebook.com/raaed.rizza.7 Raaed Rizza

      no shit sherlock!

    • iphone4sgamer

      If you look a little bit closer, you can see the obvious

    • Joe Bobbins

      haha well yeah it is. comment made me laugh

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

        some people just like to take jokes seriously

    • Wassim Omais

      You should go work for the FBI :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

        That’s what I thought

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

    I had switched from ProTube to YourTube because the latter has a more native-like design and I have to say I still like the circled progress bar of YourTube more than the ProTube one. However, I will give ProTube another try and see where this leads. :)
    Both tweaks are AWESOME and extremely needed since Google seems to limit the streaming speed of the app on iOS devices hence I became totally used of downloading the whole videos instead of having to wait.
    At this point it’s obvious Google just don’t give a damn about fixing the performance issues to their iOS YouTube client as all users have given their negative feedback and complaints about performance- thank you, Google.

  • iViperzLTD

    I think I know what MrElectrifier is talking about, a couple months ago Jonas Gessner, the developer of Protube released a tweak called Protube 2, and it was $1.49(I think or $1.99) but was on offer for current Protube users for $0.99. I bought this tweak since it was on offer to myself but the tweak was completely unfunctional on my iPhone because Google had come out with an update and as a result, it was removed from the Cydia Store through Saurik and refunds were given if people wanted their money back, and they would no longer be able to purchase an update from that package. It’s now back but called Protube extension. It’s not really a big issue to make a fuss out of since the update does look faster and completely functioning, but personally I’d just stick to Protube since I’m used to using it, I don’t really see any differences apart from the extension hooking onto the YouTube app, maybe Jeff or someone could explain any other noticeable differences? :)

    • http://twitter.com/JonasGessner Jonas Gessner

      ProTube 2 has been renamed to “ProTube Extension for YouTube” a few months ago. It is still the exact same package, the same purchase etc. it just has a different name. Existing customers of ProTube 2 will be able to download it for free of course.

      • iViperzLTD

        Thank you for confirming, unfortunately I had gotten a refund from Saurik so I will just be sticking with the original Protube for now. It’s an excellent application also and it hasn’t let me down once!

      • http://twitter.com/Mattoligy Matt Taylor

        Dude, you knew there would be confusion at some point… Protube2 > ProtubeExtension > ProtubeExtension2 lol

    • Jeff

      Right, but this is still a new update. It’s not the same as the older version that MrElectrifyer claims it was. It has new features, and that was only released today.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/iHighlightApps iHighlightApps

        Jeff I bought this and it does not let me play blocked videos… any idea why?

      • Jeff

        Jonas, care to chime in?

      • http://twitter.com/JonasGessner Jonas Gessner

        Hey, ProTube will try to play every video, that included videos that have been made private or ones that are already deleted but still listed somewhere, of course those won’t be able to play then. Sometimes location restrictions can’t be bypassed. But you’ll definitely be able to play all videos that are blocked for mobile devices ;)

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/iHighlightApps iHighlightApps

        All the videos that have been blocked on mobile devices for me on my iPhone have not been able to download or play what so ever. The only ones I am able to watch are the ones that YouTube already allows on mobile devices. You should have a warning like this on your tweak page.

  • The_maestro

    I have the protube stand alone app on my devices. How is the extension better than that? Thanks guys. Keep up the great work

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/iHighlightApps iHighlightApps

    This doesn’t let me play blocked videos. That’s the only reason I bought it because some music you can’t listen to on your iPhone. Any idea on how to make it work?

  • Guest

    If you want this tweak to download blocked videos on your mobile device, I would wait because at the moment it doesn’t let you even play them.

  • Joe Bobbins

    There’s a Cydia tweak that lets you use the old Youtube app of iOS 5. I don’t think many people use it Protube is so much better!

  • SweKiwi

    Why do people download Youtube videos on their iP?
    This is not a rhetorical question. I just can’t find any exscuses.

    • Viktor_Zweig

      I’ve been using for a while now. Most time, I will download music from various live performance recordings availible on YT.
      Another use I found was when I saved a video for specific repair video on my car. I get almost no connection in my underground garage, so saving the video sure came in handy. ;-)

      • SweKiwi

        Thank you for a informative and sleek answer Viktor!

      • Viktor_Zweig

        You’re welcome.

  • BrawlBro1

    I prefer using Protube Extension over YourTube for iOS 6. I used YourTube and that tweak is seriously unstable. I don’t know why the developer kept saying YourTube is more stable, but that was a lie. It lagged, crashes, drained my ram, and has many more problems.

    I’m not trying to be a dick to the developer, but seriously fix all the issues with YourTube. I never experienced any problems with Protube and I don’t know why people say it was unstable.

    If you’re pending whether on buying Protube Extension or YourTube for iOS 6 then go with Protube Extension. It has more features and it is more stable. The only thing YourTube has that Protube doesn’t is its acceleration download speed (which I like, but I figured out how to get the same speed with Protube, but it doesn’t work all the time), sharing menu, and a better UI for the music importing.

  • Icarus323

    This update is so awesome , súper Nice work

  • http://twitter.com/_lemonhead94_ lemonhead

    Still no Gremelin Support…

    I guess not worth it for me then…
    It’s so hassle free to be able to just sync my videos and music with iTunes !

  • http://www.facebook.com/sriram.varadarajulu Sriram Harvind Varadarajulu

    By latest version does that mean version 1.3 of the YouTube app?

  • http://twitter.com/notoriousTEG tim

    this new Protube Extension update surpases YourTube. and this would have never happened if YourTube wasn’t released – this is what competition does, forces the devs to work harder and give the user more bang for their buck. the new feature that lets you download by just long holding the video before you open it is grouse. I hope CocoaNuts fights back with an update that puts them back in front. the new folders thing (officially called ‘playlist’) is also fantastic. I wish I could trade in my purchase of ProTube for ProTube Extension.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      The tap and hold to download feature is probably the one that prevails over the rest for me. Also the default quality options. Only these two features makes me wonder how come CocoaNuts never introduced to their tweak.
      I think developers should start reading their customers/users suggestions more closely when they are sent. This is the result otherwise- users switching from one tweak to another when they both originnay do exactly the same… but differently.
      I still, personally, like YourTube better GUI-wise.

      • RarestName

        I was quite surprised when I saw the tap to hold feature, because I actually suggested that to CocoaNuts three weeks ago :)

        I guess he looks through our suggestions as well!

        Search for this:

        “@cocoanutapps tap and hold video in home feed or any other search result and get download links #YourTube”

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Good. I sent my own suggestions to CocoaNuts too. I’m hoping they release a new version sometime soon. For the time being, I’m sticking to YourTube- yes, I tested both only to find out YourTube would download my videos at the highest speed, whereas ProTube would lag like hell.

  • weztimonial

    Just purchased. Nice.

  • James

    Hi Jonas,
    I just updated on v 2.0.1 and the YouTube app keeps crashing!!!! Please fix

    • momerathe

      yeah, me too. had to remove the tweak after installing it caused youtube to crash on startup.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

        Same here. He will probably fix it. A bit surprising. QA? I’m hoping he also fixed the bug where you need to kill the app if you change your mind whenever you try to email a video or song- it just won’t give you a choice to cancel and the keyboard stays there forever.

    • http://twitter.com/JonasGessner Jonas Gessner

      I’m very sorry for the inconvenience, a fix (v2.0.2) has already been submitted. I have no idea how it was working on my testing device but now its not working :s The fix should be out soon!

      • James

        Thanks man, you work fast!

      • weztimonial

        thanks! my keeps crashing too

  • weztimonial

    Intalled the tweak. But after removing youtube from multitasking, i cant open youtube again, it loads then jumps back to homescreen, help!

    • James

      Yeah, the exact same problem! Is Jonas listening??

  • http://twitter.com/JonasGessner Jonas Gessner

    Version 2.0.1 unfortunately crashes. I have no idea how it was working on my testing device but now its not working :s Version 2.0.2 has already been submitted which will fix this! I’m very sorry for the inconvenience!! The fix should be out soon!

  • Alberto Tarantino

    Jonas, why not you add the option to view the videos blocked for mobile phone?

  • http://twitter.com/brownvim Vimal Bansal

    I have a problem watching the downloaded videos in landscape mode, they only play in portrait.

    Watching YouTube as normal it’s fine, it rotates as it should.

    Doesn’t seem to rotate for downloaded videos though, is it just me?

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      It works fine for me. Although I am considering switching back to YourTube.

  • http://www.facebook.com/europrojectz Bladimir Slavik

    W new update crash wtf

  • ghulamsameer

    You can’t ask your audience not to bypass ads when you have it enabled yourself.

  • James

    Seriously? I just updated on v 2.0.2 and my phone is still crashing whenever I try to launch YouTube app after activating your package!! Again!!! Omg Jonas….I am a bit disappointed …

    • http://www.facebook.com/francois.chaney Francois Chaney

      Same here :/

      Works on my iPad Mini but not on my iPhone 5…
      I was going to write a review for a french paper magazine, not sure i’ll

    • http://twitter.com/JonasGessner Jonas Gessner

      2.0.3 is now available and it fixes all the crashes! I’m sorry for the trouble that 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 caused

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Works great as advertised, but cannot comment since install. ?????

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Uninstalled and comments work again. ????

      • http://twitter.com/JonasGessner Jonas Gessner

        Really? Thats strange.. I’ll check it out, thanks!

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Thnx, preciate it.

  • http://twitter.com/georgepana1 George Panagopoulos

    Upgrade to 2.0.2 still crashing on iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Please help

  • stfu dvs

    Jonas 2.0.2 is crashing on load
    iPhone 4 iOS 6.1.2
    Previous ver worked fine

  • stfu dvs

    To those who YouTube app is crashing

    Uninstall YouTube app
    Reinstall YouTube app
    DON’T sign in

    Jonas, everything works on 2.0.2 until I sign in

  • Doonie

    I have installed v 2.0.2 on my ipad 4 and iphone 5 still crashing,i`am sure he will get it fixed good work might have to install v2 as it worked for me

  • http://twitter.com/JonasGessner Jonas Gessner

    Version 2.0.3 has been released and it runs just fine now! 2.0.2 could still crash in some cases but 2.0.3 has no issues! Sorry for the inconvenience!

    • Jkelly90

      I’m on an iPad and no longer see a 1080P option for watching or downloading like there was before the update to the YouTube app/release of Protube extension 2.

  • doonie

    All working great now good job

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    Anyone else experiencing slow download speeds? Is it isolated to this tweak or is it also happening with YourTube as well? Sometimes I need to stop the download process and resume to get a higher download speed.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Works great, but can no longer comment since installed. Rlly, wtf.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dwight.thomas.589 Dwight Thomas

    Thanks Jonas, works great now.

  • Tom

    Just downloaded it and it keeps telling me Invalid udid or something like that? please fix it, i have no clue..

  • Tom

    Please help! I get an error where it says invalid udid? Heelp!?!

  • http://twitter.com/naruron Ibrahim Aygun

    Ok that’s annoying. Updated to 2.0.3 but still crashing. It says activation needed, i press activate but then i get “activation failed” pop-up and it crashes immediately.

  • Drew

    Jonas great work. Can you please add Audiobus support to Protube Extension. Greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/ryangiglio Ryan Giglio

    I’m seeing the purchase price as $1.99, not $0.99

  • Kirkland Tran

    my protube still shows 1.9.3

  • wd.hdsk

    installed v2.0.3 and its working fine with latest youtube app. Thanks for the great work.. iphone4s with ios 6

  • Dario Gamboni

    I’ve just downloaded that tweak but……..Youtube app (version 2.2.0) doesn’t work anymore and go crash! Anyone knows anything about it?
    Thank’s guys ;)

  • iltas

    freeeeee