Continuous playback and automatic looping of videos are features that have been in popular demand for YouTube on all platforms. The service itself still doesn’t offer the feature by default, but we have seen a few third-party solutions to the issue. YouTurn for Chrome allows users to put videos on auto-repeat in their web browser but if you are using YouTube on your iPhone, there aren’t many available alternatives that can do that. If you have a jailbroken device though, not many problems are impossible to solve. iYoutubeReplay adds the replay functionality to Google’s official YouTube app for iPhone, which means you don’t need to install an entire app on your device just because the official client lacks a single feature. Admittedly, the tweak is in its infancy and doesn’t offer too much control over the feature it offers, but that is surely better than having no ‘replay’ for videos at all.
iYoutubeReplay is available in the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store, and you don’t have to spend anything to get your hands on it. Once installed, the tweak can be controlled via the menu it adds to the stock Settings app. This menu just has a single toggle, which – quite predictably – does nothing more than letting you enable or disable the tweak.
Once iYoutubeReplay has been enabled, just launch the official YouTube app to see it in action. There is no visible change made to the app by the tweak, and the new feature can only be sampled when you have watched a full video. Whenever a video ends in the YouTube app, the tweak restarts playback from the beginning. This automatic replay keeps occurring until you manually move away from the video. In our experience, the video has to be loaded all over again even if you watched all of it in the first go.
For now, it is not really convenient using iYoutubeReplay, since you have to juggle between the YouTube app and the tweak’s menu whenever you need to make the app return to its normal state. In the future though, the developer has promised to improved things by changing the way iYoutubeReplay works completely. Future updates of the tweak will add a toggle within the YouTube app, so that you can change the app’s mode of operation for each video separately.
So, if there is a video that you really like on YouTube, this tweak is probably for you; otherwise, waiting for its next update might be a better idea.