Over the years Google has made a lot of changes to YouTube. Adding new features like saving videos to view offline, background playback and more. We get a lot of questions about YouTube content, but this is the biggest one. Here we’ll explain how to save or download YouTube videos and music to an Android device.
To be clear, Google doesn’t approve of users downloading videos or music from YouTube to their Android devices, as that is technically piracy. However, they do allow certain videos to be temporarily saved on a device for offline playback. It’s limited to a short amount of time though. Not permanent.
The offline playback feature is one users asked about for a while, and arrived in late 2014. Many have enjoyed it for some time, but in 2016 it was pushed to a paid version of YouTube. It’s called YouTube Red, and for a small fee you can get this feature. Or, just follow our instructions below.
There are plenty of apps available like YouTube Ripper that will pull content to download and save. As we said moments ago, this is illegal and Google or Apple quickly remove these types of apps from the store. Many mentioned in our comment section are no longer available either.
We’ll say this one more time. Using some of the apps or services below are illegal. Google doesn’t allow users to steal content from YouTube. Whether that be video or audio. It’s against the rules to copy it to your device. That said, it is still very easy to do. Users can save entire videos to their device, or even pull music right from a video. Then download the MP3 file to an Android smartphone or tablet.
First off we’ll explain the legal and Google-allowed system, which is saving videos for later playback. Certain videos that support this feature will have a download arrow just below the video on Android devices. Sadly this feature is now limited to YouTube Red subscribers. Tap the arrow and select a resolution or quality you’d like to save, and that’s it. Now just go into the menu bar on the left and select “Watch later” to find the list of saved videos to enjoy. These can be played without an internet connection.
However, if you want to download a video or song permanently, that is an option as well. There are plenty of apps available to rip content from YouTube directly to your Android device. Rather than link to apps that aren’t available from the Google Play Store, or from shady sources, we’ve gathered a few simple websites that will do this for you. All users need is the URL from YouTube and a few clicks will download the song or video.
While viewing a YouTube video just tap the 3-dotted “Share” button and on the popup that appears select “Copy URL”. Some versions it’s an arrow that stands for share. This is what you need, then navigate to websites like YouTubeMP3.to or clipconverter.cc and paste in that link. Usually within seconds they’ll convert the video, and deliver a MP3 of the music. Including a full video clip for the user to download and save to their Android smartphone or tablet. The first one has a slew of output options too.
Copy and paste the URL into a site like YouTubeMP3 and simply hit convert, then download. From here you’re all done and the song has been saved to your smartphone or tablet.
This same process is very easy to do from a PC or laptop, but just as easy on Android smartphones and tablets. Clipconverter even lets you select the conversion format to suite any occasion or need.
Searching for “video downloader” or “Youtube Downloader” on the Google Play Store may find some results. Most have been removed as of early 2017. Instead use what’s mentioned above rather than apps. Don’t download any application for Android that claims to do this if it isn’t on the Google Play Store. Third party sources aren’t typically safe.
Give it a try today and download some music or videos. Now users can enjoy any video, or the latest music to create your own custom ringtones with our how to above. Again, proceed at your own risk and enjoy.