How to Download YouTube Videos or Music on Android

In this guide we’ll show you how to download YouTube videos and music to Android. Over the years Google has made a lot of changes to its video service. Including saving videos to view offline, background playback and launched YouTube TV. If you don’t have a music streaming service, it’s one of the best places to find your favorite songs. Here’s how to download anything with ease.

To be clear, Google does not approve of users downloading videos or music from YouTube to their Android devices, as that is technically piracy. However, you’re allowed to temporarily save select videos on a device for offline playback. Not to mention if you get permission from a copyright owner, you can rip songs and enjoy them later.

Read: How to Listen to YouTube Videos on iPhone Without Video

Watching videos offline on YouTube was a great feature back in 2014. However, now you must subscribe to YouTube Red if you want that option. As a result, some are looking for ways to download videos right to their device. The same thing goes for music, so here’s how to get it.

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There are plenty of apps available like YouTube Ripper that will download and save content. As we said moments ago, this is illegal and Google or Apple quickly removes these types of apps from the app store. Most the apps from the comment section are no longer available either, so don’t even try.

How to Download YouTube Music & Videos to Android

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. That said, it is still very easy to do, especially if you get permission from a content owner. 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.

Instructions

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 only for 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. You can watch these without an internet connection.

However, if you want to download a video or song permanently, that is an option as well. Instead of linking 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 an MP3 of the music directly to your phone. You can choose from different video or audio formats before hitting download or convert.

Copy and paste the URL into a site like YouTubeMP3 and simply hit convert, then download. That’s all there is to it, and you’ve now downloaded a song right to your phone.  Another option is aTube catcher, but it works a little differently than the ones mentioned earlier.

Other Details

This same process is very easy to do on a PC or laptop. However, it’s easier to do right on a phone so you don’t have to transfer it to your device later. Clipconverter even lets you select the conversion format to suit any occasion or need.

Read: How to Create Custom Ringtones for Android

Searching for “video downloader” or “Youtube Downloader” on the Google Play Store may find some results. However, most of them quickly get deleted. Instead, use our steps above. Additionally, we don’t recommend downloading YouTube “ripper” apps for Android from unknown sources. They’re usually shady or full of malware.

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 link above. Again, proceed at your own risk.

41 Comments

  1. Orenko

    09/16/2015 at 12:33 am

    • David

      06/02/2016 at 3:25 am

      Watching youtube offline on mobile is really nice to kill boring time. However, you need to pay to download the videos using youtube red. Luckily, I find a free app which can help me to download youtube videos without any fee! Here’s a guide you can refer to

      http://airmore.com/watch-youtube-offline.html

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    • T

      04/13/2017 at 2:56 pm

      I got that one today and used it a little. It’s ok. Personally I prefer “YouTube Downloader” from dentex. It’s a little simpler to use and it looks much better however it doesn’t work on some of my friends devices and right now it’s not working on mine which is why I got the one linked here.

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    11/04/2015 at 5:04 am

    How tell meeeeeeeeee????????

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  3. Michael Evans

    12/16/2015 at 1:04 am

    The most efficient and professional app on Google Play is Tube Video Manager:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chaweng.tubemanager

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    • John

      05/19/2016 at 11:57 pm

      Too bad they deleted it. Read the post more carefully.

      Reply

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  5. Maurice Rogers

    02/06/2016 at 8:07 am

    What app I need to download videos to gallery on my Android phone

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  6. Maiah madjos

    02/21/2016 at 1:59 pm

    Interesting!ill try f it works

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  7. Jon

    02/24/2016 at 12:31 pm

    What you can also do is to just open the youtube video in the browser and add “dl” in front of youtube and go to that page.. gives you option for downloading directly and you don’t have to install any sketchy apps.. Works everywhere and also for other services like Vimeo =)

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    • rose

      03/08/2016 at 8:00 am

      Where exactly do you write the dl?

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  8. Jacko Jack

    03/18/2016 at 1:01 am

    An another but SSL secure site https://www.mp3fe.com/ to download mp3 or video online.

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  9. Bholanath Khan

    03/26/2016 at 12:51 pm

    Adele music videos

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  10. Manny

    03/28/2016 at 7:14 pm

    I like using zaragoza.barcalabs.com since its mobile friendly, and I can just download the song directly to my phone before heading to gym. : )

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  11. nobody

    03/31/2016 at 10:49 am

    what happen to the URL?
    click on a new song and it Music starts with YouTube and go into vevo.
    there is no URL.
    what is the work around

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  13. Handysofts

    04/27/2016 at 1:45 am

    I am using #yoump34 free android app to download any youtube music or videos

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  14. Handysofts

    04/27/2016 at 1:46 am

    using yoump34.com

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  15. karan06789

    05/04/2016 at 2:44 am

  16. Oliver Lattemann

    05/12/2016 at 3:57 pm

    The easiest way is to use “Peggo” :P ;)

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  17. Handysofts

    05/14/2016 at 9:41 am

    The simplest way is using #yoump34 free android app http://bit.ly/1Td9ikK

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  18. Roms Dungeon

    05/23/2016 at 4:38 pm

    try with http://tuberipper.com.ve just paste the url of the video and click on download

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    06/05/2016 at 8:20 am

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  20. Tosinchanges

    06/21/2016 at 9:27 pm

    Download “Coolbrowser.apk” that’s the King of all jus one click

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  21. Yevhen Krasnopolskyi

    06/22/2016 at 2:54 pm

    Try WatchLater.com. This is powerful app for download YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr

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  22. matteopellegrini92

    06/23/2016 at 3:20 am

    I create an Android free app that use links and browser for obtain music from Youtube.
    It isn’t in PlayStore because Google, Android and Youtube are in the same group so they protect them copyright

    https://mipstudioblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/bylink-music-tube/

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  23. David Uddin

    07/19/2016 at 2:50 pm

    thats a great android music and mp4 converter
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.converterpro

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  24. Jerry Noah (@jerry_noah10)

    08/03/2016 at 10:48 pm

    Don’t know how to download videos or music from YouTube in a fast and easy way directly through your browser? Try Video Grabber. It is a pro yet efficient free online video downloader which can help you grab YouTube videos and music. In addition, it is compatible with any web browsers and Windows OS or Mac OS and can convert video/audio format to any file formats for all portable devices such as Android, iPad, iPhone, PSP, etc. For more information, you can refer to http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2476563,00.asp
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  25. shekinah

    08/16/2016 at 7:27 pm

    I want some video’s

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  26. Bruno

    10/11/2016 at 3:38 am

    I use mp3wallet.com to download youtube videos to mp3. Thanks

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    11/07/2016 at 6:21 am

    I found a wonderful application you can download songs from soundcloud and 4 share and Anaghami and much more with one-click enjoy
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dz.free.music.download

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  28. vinay kochhar

    11/17/2016 at 10:40 am

    i found tubemate is better app which can be downloaded from here http://cheategg.com/easy-guide-download-youtube-videos-watch-offline/

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  29. Vit Shkim

    12/14/2016 at 1:22 pm

    http://savefrom.online – It is fast and absolutely free web service to download any video. You can get video in different media formats such as mp4, f4v, 3gp or mp3 high quality.

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  30. mattsone

    12/30/2016 at 1:26 am

    Thank you for these instructions, really helpful!! I used to save YouTube videos to my android phone and desktop with acethinker video downloader, free and works like a charm. Share it here as an alternative to clipconverter.

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  32. Alyx

    02/16/2017 at 1:19 pm

    I use this new one discovered few days ago, it works very well and supports youtube, vimeo and soundcloud without registration https://mp3farm.com

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  33. CH Play

    03/24/2017 at 7:00 am

    thank you very much

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    03/27/2017 at 7:52 pm

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  35. Bruce

    07/29/2017 at 12:28 am

    http://kivi-music.uptodown.com/android
    Kivi Music could play music online and download to local,powerful app

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  36. Carlos Samey

    10/12/2017 at 1:10 am

    Tubemate used to be my favorite youtube downloader app, but it can’t download HD youtube videos on my phone. For somesone who want to download 4k or 1080p videos, I’d recommend Acethinker Video Downloader, It is a free cloud based software to download videos without installing anything in your device.

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  37. Youtube to MP3 online

    11/18/2017 at 6:39 am

    I use https://h2converter.com (support download videos full HD)

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