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You would think uploading a video to YouTube was easy. Not so on Windows Phone! Until now. Finally, apps have arrived and the days of fiddly and pointless email uploads have come to pass.

Windows Phone and Google products don’t generally get along, which is perhaps why it has been such a problem to find a reliable and consistent method of uploading video from a Windows Phone device to YouTube. We previously looked at ways of sharing your video clips online with Facebook and other services, in which it was revealed how to upload a clip to YouTube using email Facebook, SkyDrive Or YouTube - The Best Way To Share Videos In Windows Phone 8 Facebook, SkyDrive Or YouTube - The Best Way To Share Videos In Windows Phone 8 I own a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, running Windows Phone 8. It features a rear-facing 8.7-megapixel camera equipped with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and is capable of 1080p HD video capture, with PureView technology.... Read More . This method is remarkable for its lack of elegance, however, and has fortunately been superseded by a handful of apps for which uploading to the popular video service is child’s play.

Focus: Reliable Solutions

There are two apps we’re going to focus on, Tube Pro and Nokia Video Uploader. When this post was conceived, I had intended to look at a third, Microsoft’s “official” (read: designed to comply with Google’s strict specifications and ever-changing API) YouTube app.

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However, true to form (in August 2013 the app was blocked by Google and pulled from the Windows Phone Store until Microsoft made some changes), at the time of writing, this app appears to have broken once again, with endless refrains of “Something happened, we’re not sure what” whenever viewing, searching or uploading a video is attempted. (Be aware that there are other issues between Google and Microsoft when it comes to Windows Phone, not least the perhaps more important issue with email and calendar syncing Why Do Gmail Conversations Break in Windows Phone? Why Do Gmail Conversations Break in Windows Phone? "For goodness sake, not again!" That's me, after yet another Gmail conversation "broke" on my Windows Phone. I have multiple accounts grouped using linked inboxes, so that on my Start screen I have two icons... Read More .)

This is particularly unfortunate as the app had every chance of being the most popular YouTube app in the store. While it might suddenly start working again, reliance on apps requires a certain amount of trust; perhaps it is better to leave this one alone now…

Tube Pro

A complete mobile YouTube experience for Windows Phone, Tube Pro not only allows uploading of videos to your YouTube account, it also facilitates downloads, playlists and more. The Sign In button in the top left enables you to connect the app to your YouTube account, while uploading can only be done with videos recorded within the app, via the Recorded tile.

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Here, you can tap the camera record button to capture your clip, then pause to finish before tapping the Upload button to send the clip to YouTube.

When uploading a video you can add a title, description and tags, and it shouldn’t be long before the finished product is available on YouTube.

Tube Pro is free, but ad-supported; there is an ad-free version called SuperTube ($1.29) available.

Nokia Video Upload

Despite the title of the previous app, this is the one I consider the “pro” solution. It is fast, efficient and does exactly what it says. Windows Phone doesn’t necessarily need any bells and whistles when it comes to YouTube apps as HTML5 video is already supported; browsing the YouTube site and streaming through the native video player is simple.

Nokia Video Upload makes the process of uploading a clip to YouTube largely effortless. As long as you have added your account details, you’ll be ready to upload clips each time you launch the app; recent clips are presented in a typical Windows Phone grid view for you to quickly access.

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Attributes can be set via the menu, limited to a Clip title and the choice to toggle whether the clip remains Private or not.

Tapping the Upload button – best done over Wi-Fi – is the final stage, and the app displays a progress bar to let you know how long it will be until the upload finishes. Note that you will have to leave the app open (don’t press Start, Back or switch the phone into standby or attempt to launch the camera) until the upload is complete.

As with almost all of the great Nokia apps for Windows Phone 5 Awesome Apps That Will Make You Buy a Nokia Windows Phone 8 5 Awesome Apps That Will Make You Buy a Nokia Windows Phone 8 An early adopter of Windows Phone 7, I am now the owner of a Nokia Lumia 920, powered by Windows Phone 8, and thrilled each time Nokia releases a new app. Although manufacturer apps aren’t... Read More , this is a focused, polished app that partly resolves the problem of a missing YouTube upload option in the device camera.

Easy Uploading to YouTube on Windows Phone Is Finally Achievable

As I prefer not to be distracted or bogged down by the presence of the full YouTube experience in Tube Pro, my favoured option for uploading video to YouTube is the Nokia Video Upload app, available both as a standalone app and as a sharing option from within the Windows Phone camera.

Tube Pro, meanwhile, is a reliable alternative, complete with everything you could possibly need from a YouTube app, including the all-important upload tool.

Do you use either of these solutions to upload video to YouTube? Do you use another app? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. CT
    April 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I still got a something went wrong message from Nokia Video Upload.

  2. john a
    January 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Tube pro won't upload vids it shuts off anytime I try and video upload doesn't like to work much either, I had an app called "YouTube uploader" but it seems to be gone now and that was the most reliable app to upload, tube pro is also now having problems downloading also

    • Christian Cawley
      February 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Problems with YouTube apps for Windows Phone are endless, sadly, and we can thank Google for that. As mentioned, the Nokia tool is really the only reliable option.

  3. d
    October 12, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I'm not finding Nokia in my search results in the app store. Is that gone now too? I just want to upload my videos, argh I hate this phone so much...

    • Christian C
      October 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Definitely still there, but only available to Nokia users. You'll need to find the Nokia sub-store on your phone.

  4. Chris Keczkemethy
    October 9, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Thanks Christian. I just mentioned this in a comment on your earlier post about sharing videos on WP8. I've been playing around with Nokia Video Upload (NVU) the last two days and have really liked it. The key features for me are private uploads and the ability to select existing videos from my camera roll.

    I always thought of YouTube as a place to share videos for mass consumption, but I think it may in fact be the best way for WP8 users to enjoy their own videos and share them with friends and family. 1) If you use NVU your videos do not get compression artifacts like on Facebook. 2) The private option means they're not broadcast to your entire social network. 3) You can easily share links to your uploaded YT videos through SMS, email or social media- and for most recipients it is a simple one-click option for smooth, high quality viewing (unlike sharing Skydrive links). 4) You can easily enjoy your own videos on the big screen because YT is available on just about every streaming box and smart TV.

    • Christian C
      October 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Very good points, Chris, especially concerning the artifacts.

      That lack of one-click sharing of SkyDrive links through Facebook is a real deal-breaker for me, I hope they fix it soon.

  5. regurge
    September 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Old news.

    • John
      September 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      But I didnt know. Thanks Christian Cawley.

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