Short.io provides Android targeting to open a mobile application after Android users click a short link.
Today, on the Short.io blog, we will show how to create a short link that opens a mobile YouTube app on the specified page.
When using Android targeting, visitors will end up on a YouTube page after clicking a short URL. As a result, you can use the YouTube link to open a YouTube channel or a video. That helps to promote and increase the number of likes, comments, followers. The advantage of the feature is that instead of a manual search for a particular channel or video, visitors are already logged in to their accounts and end up on the page.
1. Redirect to a YouTube channel
When applying Android redirect, iOS users will be routed to a specified for iOS link that will open a browser. For Android users, a mobile app will be opened. For example, if you want to redirect Android users to the YouTube app, you need to:
Shorten a link on Short.io.
Open the "Android targeting" tab.
Specify a link to the YouTube channel. Example: https://youtube.com/channel/UCe7kZJSlJsktzzoY5MSsqfw.
Specify the application package name: com.google.android.youtube.
After clicking a short URL, the YouTube mobile application page will be opened for Android visitors.
Note: You can replicate the same scenario with any YouTube link.
The use cases described above are just examples of how you can use Android targeting. Apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Gmail can also make use of this feature, but make sure these apps are installed on your users' mobiles. Otherwise, the link will serve an error.
What did you learn?
- YouTube deep links
- youtube application package name
- open youtube after clicking a short URL