Just because you don’t have an iPhone doesn’t mean that you cannot watch YouTube videos on your phone. If you have Windows Mobile 2003 running on your Pocket PC or Smartphone you can watch YouTube videos easily and for free. What you need is YouTube Pocket. It is a completely FREE service (like most things on this site)! Unlike with the iPhone you will be able to search for videos from the actual YouTube site not the mobile version which currently has a limited amount of videos (very disappointing). All you need to do is download the TCPMP player and FLV(Flash) plugin from here . In case you did not know, TCPMP is an awesome free professional player for the Windows Mobile platform and can do much more than play YouTube files.
Here is a video from YouTube of the installation process:
Below are the install instructions (from site):
Installation of YouTube Pocket’s Components:
1. Installing the Player
In order to use YouTube Pocket you will first need to install The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP). If you already have zbop’s FlashVideoBundle installed youcan skip to step 3, if not select your version of player below.
If you have a touchscreen device (Windows Mobile Pro) please download this player:
Pocket PC/WM Pro Player
If you have a non-touchscreen device (Smartphone) please download this player:
2. Installing the Plugins
Next you must install the Flash plugins for TCPMP. Make sure you install the plugin in the same place as the player (Device or Storage Card).
TCPMP FLV Plugin (PDA & Smartphone)
3. Setting the proper Protocols
Whew, the hard part is now over, lets get to the setting up! First open TCPMP and press ‘Options -> Settings’. From the screen that brings you to press ‘Select Page -> File Associations’. On the bottom of this page you will see both ‘Flash Video’ and ‘MMS Protocol’, make sure both of them are checked. If you don’t see both of these settings, you may need a soft reset. Once they are both checked, keep the settings open and move onto step 4.
4. Setting the Buffering
The buffering could make or break your YouTube Pocket experiance, so let’s make sure you set it properly. While still in the settings page click ‘Select Page -> Buffering’. here you will see some buffering options, you want them to be as listed below:
Normal buffer size: 1148KB
Preload at underrun: 5%
Preload for audio: 64KB
The buffering settings above should work for most users. If you still experiance lag with these settings you may want to try to kick the ‘Normal buffer size’ down to 800KB and see if anything gets better.It may take a little work to get the right settings, but once you do, you’ll be glad you took the time.
5. Auto-Play (Optional)
If you are anything like me you’ll probably want your video to play automatically after you click it, if that’s the case, this is for you! While still in your settings screen press ‘Select page -> Player’. Here you will see options for both ‘Play at open’ and ‘Play at open in fullscreen’. Check the box next to the one you are interested and you are all set.
6. Removing Lag
Click ‘Select Page -> Advanced’ and set ‘Manual A/V offset +/-’ to ‘-400′. This should get rid of any lip-sync effect.
7. Enjoy YouTube Pocket
Ummm… if you need an explanation for this step you may not be ready for the Incredible Edible Internet. O.o
Q: What is YouTube Pocket?
A: YouTube Pocket is a Pocket PC Portal of YouTube. Allowing PPC / Smartphone users to watch YouTube Videos.
Q: Is it free?
A: Yes! YouTube Pocket is a FREE service! If you would like to donate towards hosting costs feel free. But there is no obligation as it is a free service.
Q: Do I need anything special to watch videos?
A: Yes! You need to download the player from the here.
Q: Why does Windows Media Player keep poping up and saying ‘Unknown Format’ or ‘Cannot perform the requested action’?
A: Simple, that is because you did not follow the instructions here.
Q: Why does Windows Media Player keep poping up and saying ‘Unspecified error’?
A: See next answer.
A: That is because you are browsing YouTube.com and not this site. The plugins I have listed are for this site, and will not work with YouTube.
Q: Why don’t I see ‘MMS Protocol’ in my TCPMP settings?
A: It is either because your phone needs a soft reset or because you installed one to your device and the other to the card.
Q: How can I stop my videos from stopping every few seconds and buffering?
A: Go to your ‘Buffering’ settings and lower your ‘Normal Buffer Size’
Q: What should I do if my question isn’t answered here?
A: Use our Support Forums.