How to Download YouTube Videos On Android
There are several instances where you’d like to download YouTube videos on an Android device.
Sometimes you need to download videos for offline viewing if you happen to be in a place without cell or WiFi reception.
Other times, you might need a section from a YouTube video for personal use. There are several ways to download YouTube videos on an Android device.
You can use the official YouTube app (in some areas, you need to have a YouTube Premium subscription) or use 3rd party apps such as savefrom.net and TubeMate.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how to download YouTube videos using the official YouTube app or 3rd party applications such as TubeMate.
What Formats Can I Download YouTube Videos in?
YouTube video downloading applications give you a range of file formats. The most common are 3GP, AVI and MP4.
The format and quality settings you pick will determine the device you can watch the videos on and how crisp the video will be.
If you’re not too keen on video quality, 3GP is the file format you want to go with. It’s ideal for small-screened Android smartphones but utterly awful on anything else.
However, the files are small, which is key for old Android devices since they don’t have a lot of onboard storage or any storage expansion slots.
Official YouTube App
The simplest way to download YouTube clips on an Android device is using the official YouTube app, which comes preinstalled on your smartphone or tablet.
Whether you’re using the usual YouTube app or the YouTube Go app, you can easily download videos for offline viewing. But there is a catch, official YouTube apps don’t allow you to download copyrighted content, but you can download anything else.
The official YouTube app download feature allows you to pick the download quality. You can download either 720p (high), 360p (medium) or 144p (low) videos.
In addition, the official YouTube app allows you to schedule downloads over WiFi only, so you don’t finish your mobile data. To download videos on the YouTube App, follow these steps:
1. Launch the YouTube app on your smartphone
2. Search for the non-copyrighted video you’d like to download
3. Play the video, and you’ll see a button labeled ‘Download’ click on it.
4. Pick your preferred download quality and click ‘Download.’
Alternatively, once you search for the video:
1. Click on the three-dot icon on the right side of the video’s thumbnail
2. Next, click on ‘Download video.’
3. Pick your preferred download quality and click ‘Download.’
3rd Party Apps
Getting an app on the Google Play Store to download YouTube videos is virtually impossible because Google has barred such apps on the Play Store.
But, you can still get 3rd party app to download videos on your Android phone by downloading an APK file from the web. Our top pick is TubeMate, and here is how you can use it.
1. Start by downloading the TubeMate APK file on your smartphone. You might need to modify your phone’s security settings to install this file.
2. Next, launch the app and search for the video you’d like to download.
3. Click on the green ‘Download’ button.
4. Now you’ll see a list of format and video quality options. Pick the format and video quality options you want and click ‘Download.’
5. To find the clip you’ve just downloaded, click on the ‘Download List’ icon in the bottom menu.
You can also access the downloads list by clicking on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the TubeMate app menu.
The last method we’d like to show you will involve using the browser on your smartphone. It’s pretty straightforward because you don’t need to install a 3rd party app to download videos.
Also, it can work on other devices such as computers. To download, follow these simple steps:
1. Launch the YouTube app, open the video you want to download and copy the link.
2. Next, open a browser on your phone and enter savefrom.net in the address field.
When the site opens, you’ll see an address field; paste the link you just copied and click download.
You’ll be presented with several download options such as 720p, 480p and 360p. Pick what you’re comfortable with.
To sum it all up, these are the options available to you when it comes to downloading YouTube videos on Android smartphones or tablets.
Keep in mind that you can use many other apps, but the options illustrated above work just fine.