How to Download YouTube Videos on Your Android Device

Watch your favorite videos offline

It's easy to download YouTube videos on Android and save the videos for offline use so that you can watch YouTube without a Wi-Fi or a data connection, such as when you're on a plane or in an area with poor connectivity. Using the official YouTube app is one way to download YouTube movies, music videos, and other content, which will save the content as EXO files. While this may work for you, there are also free YouTube video downloaders you can try out.

The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. See How to Download YouTube Videos to Your iPhone if you use an iPhone.

YouTube Premium

If you have a YouTube Premium subscription, download YouTube videos from the official YouTube app. This requires a paid subscription, but there is a trial and it comes with other features beyond the ability to save videos.

To save a video from YouTube to your Android, launch the YouTube app, find the video you want to download, then tap Download below the video and choose quality options, such as 720p or 360p.

Download and Medium (360p) buttons in Android YouTube app

If you subscribe to YouTube Premium, the OK button appears instead of Get YouTube Premium.

TubeMate YouTube Downloader

TubeMate is a free third-party app that downloads videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and other video streaming services.

  1. TubeMate isn't available from the Google Play Store. Download it as an APK file.

  2. Open the app and search for the video you want to download from YouTube.

  3. Tap the Download icon.

  4. Select the quality of the video you want to download.

  5. Tap the red Download icon.

    TubeMate download button, video resolution on Android
  6. Tap the small, white Download icon from the bottom of the app to find the offline video. From there, move it to a new location, extract the audio from the video, rename it, or delete it.

Y2mate Downloader for YouTube

Y2mate is a website that downloads videos from YouTube to your computer, after which you can transfer the files to your Android device. Another way to use Y2mate is from your Android phone or tablet, using a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

  1. Visit Y2mate and enter the URL of the YouTube video. You can also search YouTube directly from the text box.

    URL field on y2mate.com web page

    When using Y2mate from an Android device, copy the YouTube link from the YouTube app. Go to the video, the tap Share > Copy link.

  2. Choose the quality of the video you want to download, then select Download.

    Download button on y2mate.com web page

    It may take several seconds or longer for the video to convert to MP4.

  3. If you download the YouTube video from your computer, select Download .mp4 and choose a folder to save the YouTube video. Rename the video if you want. (On Android, you don't get to choose a folder or rename the file.)

    File name and Save as type fields on Windows
  4. After the YouTube video downloads to your computer, transfer the file to your Android to watch it.