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YouTube Comes to Reliance JioPhone After WhatsApp

YouTube on JioPhone can be downloaded from the JioStore and used for streaming videos from the platform.

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After WhatsApp, it is YouTube’s turn to hit JioPhone. 
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Reliance JioPhone is slowly transforming into a feature-packed, affordable phone. The 4G-ready feature phone already runs Google services like Google Maps and even the Google Assistant. Recently the phone got WhatsApp and this week, we’re seeing YouTube becoming available on the JioStore.

The app was demoed alongside Facebook’s messaging app a few months back and the web version of YouTube caters to all the features of the regular app we use on smartphones.

We spent some time with YouTube on the JioPhone. Here’s how you can download it and these are the features you can use.

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How to Get YouTube on JioPhone

  • Go to the app drawer on JioPhone
  • Select JioStore and open it
  • Search for YouTube app
  • Download and install
  • Start watching videos
YouTube app available via JioStore. 
YouTube app available via JioStore. 
(Photo: The Quint)

You can browse through different videos by moving the cursor on the app with the phone’s joystick at the centre. Granted, the size of the screen is small (for watching videos) but that hasn’t stopped more than 25 million JioPhone users (last reported during the AGM) from buying this device, which is the most-affordable in the market to support 4G connectivity.

Download the app and watch videos. 
Download the app and watch videos. 
(Photo: The Quint)

The cursor is fairly responsive to your movements, but typing on the T9 version keyboard won’t suit today’s smartphone generation. The videos can be viewed in full-screen mode by tilting the screen and that’s the best you can expect from a phone, which costs Rs 1,500.

The JioPhone has taken over the feature phone market with over 48 percent share, even though you’re looking at most buyers from the non-urban region of India. Expect more apps to launch on the device in the coming months, especially with Google buying a stake in Kai OS, the software running on the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2.

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