How to Play YouTube Videos on Windows Phone Using Mytoolkit


This tutorial will show how to play a YouTube video directly from an app without opening the browser.

For this tutorial you will first need to include a MyToolkit reference in your project.

You can add the reference using Nuget Package manager. Search for Mytoolkit in the Nuget Package manager.

For a reference on how to use Nuget Package Manager:

Process of Installing the Nuget Package Manager in ASP.NET Web API

Step 1

First we will create the basic page with a button and Button_Click_1 event handler for the button click as in the following:


<Grid x:Name="ContentPanel" Grid.Row="1" Margin="12,0,12,0">

   <Button Height="100" Width="200" Content="Play!" Click="Button_Click_1" />


Step 2

In the C# code include the namespace "MyToolkit.Multimedia".


using MyToolkit.Multimedia;

Step 3

Use the Play method in the YouTube class to play a video as in the following:

private void Button_Click_1(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)


    YouTube.Play("uELoogRgvo4", true, YouTubeQuality.Quality480P, (ex) =>


        if (ex != null)


            SystemTray.ProgressIndicator.IsVisible = false;





The first parameter method is the YouTube video ID that should be passed as the string.

For example, for this YouTube video the underlined part shows the video ID.

The second parameter is "manualActivatePage" and should be set to true for best performance.

The third parameter is the video quality and the fourth parameter is an action.

Step 4

Override the "OnBackKeyPress" and qOnNavigatedTo methods in the page as in the following:

protected override void OnBackKeyPress(CancelEventArgs e)


      if (YouTube.CancelPlay()) // used to abort current youtube download

         e.Cancel = true;




protected override void OnNavigatedTo(NavigationEventArgs e)


      YouTube.CancelPlay();// enable page after video playback is completed