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    Default Force using YouTube app instead of browser/YouTube site

    This really aggrevates me whenever I click on a YouTube link in a Facebook app post, it fires up the browser and goes to the YouTube mobile website of the video instead of loading it in the built-in YouTube app. Same goes for when I click on YouTube links to videos from Gmail and other apps!

    The web based YouTube mobile site sux monkey balls (slow loading, jolty video, stuttery sound, laaaaaaaggy controls, etc.) compared to using the native app. How do I force Xoom to use the native app?!
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    Go to settings, applications, look for the one you don't want popping up, the browser right?,,,,towards bottom after you click on it look for CLEAR DEFAULTS.

    Next time you try to watch a video it should give you choice you again.
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    Default Re: Force using YouTube app instead of browser/YouTube site

    I tried doing that, and it still loads the link in the web browser. It's as if the YouTube app just doesn't pick up on the clicked link.

    I even tried clearing defaults for the YouTube app. Still no use.

    Any other ideas?
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    Uninstall youtube and then reinstall. Did you restart after clearing defaults? Try that too.
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    I've seen this happen to me as well. It's because you're probably using a mobile YouTube link. Go to the bottom of the YouTube page in the browser and tap "Desktop". The video should then open in the YouTube app.
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    @Castorshells: I can't uninstall YouTube. It won't let me probably because its a stock app with the Xoom Family Edition.

    @matthimrod: that solution works, thanks. However, I still find it ed that I'm forced to go to the mobile site, lag through that just to get to the "Desktop" link, click on that, and THEN it loads in my native youtube app.

    It grinds my gears how so many websites force you to use their mobile version, even though those who surf on their mobile device use smart phones or tablets that can handle the main site, and those who cant don't use their dumbphone to surf the internet anyway!
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    Default Re: Force using YouTube app instead of browser/YouTube site

    Quote Originally Posted by roscko View Post
    @Castorshells: I can't uninstall YouTube. It won't let me probably because its a stock app with the Xoom Family Edition.

    @matthimrod: that solution works, thanks. However, I still find it ed that I'm forced to go to the mobile site, lag through that just to get to the "Desktop" link, click on that, and THEN it loads in my native youtube app.

    It grinds my gears how so many websites force you to use their mobile version, even though those who surf on their mobile device use smart phones or tablets that can handle the main site, and those who cant don't use their dumbphone to surf the internet anyway!
    Yeah, I hate it too. Unfortunately, it's the best method I've found so far. If you find a way to associate the mobile links with the app, please let me know!!
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    Default Re: Force using YouTube app instead of browser/YouTube site

    (bump) Anyone found a solution to this yet?
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    For desktop setting...

    Open browser,,,,,,,,,,type about:debug in address bar,,,,,,,,,,press enter,,,,,,,,it won't look like it does anything,,,,,,,, top right corner of screen, touch settings,,,,,,,then touch debug,,,,,,, then look for user agent string or (UA),,,,,,,, set to desktop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Castorshells View Post
    For desktop setting...

    Open browser,,,,,,,,,,type about:debug in address bar,,,,,,,,,,press enter,,,,,,,,it won't look like it does anything,,,,,,,, top right corner of screen, touch settings,,,,,,,then touch debug,,,,,,, then look for user agent string or (UA),,,,,,,, set to desktop.

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    You sir are a gentleman and a scholar! What an amazing thing! With this solution you can also remove the wide viewport feature of the browser, making sites look normal again, especially considering the new facebook timeline zoom problem! The only problem seems to be that its not permanent: if I restart my xoom I need to type in about:debug again. Any advice on how to keep those changes permanent? Thanks!!!

    As for the first post, you can always long press on the link, press on open and then select the youtube app
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    Default Re: Force using YouTube app instead of browser/YouTube site

    Hi! Mr. Rius here. I suggest you do this: "Go to settings>Manage Applications>Internet>Clear Cache, Clear Defaults, and Clear Data. You can now choose "Internet for watching Youtube videos."
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    I know and all the "share on facebook" links go straight to the mobile site that crashes repeatedly and totally circumvents the app. Meanwhile all these forums constantly pop up windows saying "hey, thers an app for this page, you should download it" when I already have it but hate being forced to log in to it every 15 damn minutes...
    Youd think this stuff would be in app or browser setting somewhere. Music and maps and browsers constantly ask "what files should this open or what do you want as your default player/browser" but never where it matters... this is why these kids shoot people.
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    Default Re: Force using YouTube app instead of browser/YouTube site

    Hi Sir, you can download "Youtube Shortcut" from Google Play.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...outubeshortcut

    Bye
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    Default Re: Force using YouTube app instead of browser/YouTube site

    you can you FacebookLinks from Google Play it is free

    Makes it much faster and better when viewing Youtube videos from Facebook now. Currently, when you open Youtube videos from Facebook app, you have to wait for a web browser to load, and then re-direct you to the Youtube app. All of this is history. This application will allow you to bypass the slow loading of browser and open the Youtube app directly for you!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...sharetoyoutube
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    could this have something to do with my inability to open YouTube app? Just started today.. when I tap on icon, nothing at all happens. I unlink my Google account and all apps from Facebook, but I know Facebook owns my *** on some hidden levels! lol
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    Default Re: Force using YouTube app instead of browser/YouTube site

    Since facebook likes to track your link it creates a weblink to facebook instead of youtube, this makes the app selection restricted to browsers. to prevent this you can install a small app called NoDetour, with this you will see a no detour app in the dialog that will open up the app choice dialog right away again, where you can then choose the youtube app.

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