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Open Facebook Links with YouTube App on Android

Facebook for Android allows users to view shared links with its web viewer by default, but this is not always the right choice that people really want. Many Facebook users want to open Facebook links with YouTube app instead of the browser or web viewer inside Facebook. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to open YouTube links on Facebook app with YouTube. The same goal for Facebook Messenger will also be archived in case you are interested.

Enable Open Links Externally on Facebook App

Step 1. Open Facebook for Android.
Step 2. Tap the three-line Menu on the right.
Step 3. Scroll down to find and enter App Settings.
Step 4. Toggle to enable Links open externally.
Now when you tap to open a link of YouTube video from others' post, your phone should pop up several options to open the link with, such as YouTube, Chrome, or other browsers. Just choose YouTube to open the link.
Note: This setting also works if you want to open other types of links on Facebook with Chrome or other app.

If you want to skip the step of choosing YouTube from the list, you'll need to complete another setting on YouTube app, which will apply for Facebook Messenger app.

Turn on Go to Supported URLs on YouTube App

Why you need to do this extra setting:
1. In order to make it default to open YouTube URL with YouTube app on Facebook.
2. In order to open YouTube links received on Facebook Messenger with YouTube app.
Step 1. Go to Settings > Application manager > YouTube > Set as default. The exact path varies with devices.
Step 2. Tap Go to supported URLs.
Step 3. Select Via this app. On “Supported web addresses”, you can see the supported web addresses.
Now when you open a YouTube URL on Facebook app, the video should be opened in YouTube app directly. 
Note: "Links open externally" must be enabled first on Facebook app. 

Something more about Facebook Messenger

When you receive a YouTube link from a Facebook Messenger contact, besides the URL address, the Messenger should provide a preview of video description and thumbnail. After you have finished the setting on YouTube app, you can tap the preview part to open the video with YouTube app, while tapping the URL link will still take you to Facebook web viewer.


  1. Replies
    1. These menus don't even exist inside of Facebook. You made this tutorial a few months before they completely overhauled the interface and it's been totally useless since.

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