How to Download YouTube Videos or Music on Android

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.

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

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.

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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.

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 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.

Other Details

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.

Read: How to Create Custom Ringtones for Android

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.

39 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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  2. Μελιτα

    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.

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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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  27. accidents compilation

    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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