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How to Download YouTube Videos on Android

How to Download YouTube Videos on Android

Vidos are most likely to watch in 2021. We use those for study, music clips and more. in this article, I’ll show you how to download videos on Android. Have you ever found yourself on a long commute or needing entertainment, but there is no Wi-Fi? Many don’t know that they can download their favorite shows or clips right to their Android device.

Why Download YouTube Videos on Android?

YouTube is a popular video-sharing platform that has expanded to have paid and free movies and shows available to their viewers. While access is excellent, there is also a hidden feature that many are not too aware of, which is downloading these videos onto your Android device. 

You might be wondering why you would download a video to your Android; however, here are a few scenarios where downloading a YouTube video onto your Android device is helpful. 

These are just a few reasons one would want to download a YouTube video to their Android device.

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 How to Download YouTube Videos on Android

Congratulations, you have found something that you want to watch while on your commute to work or school; however, your data is near the maximum. Don’t worry; here are the steps to downloading a YouTube video onto your Android device. 

To download a YouTube video onto your Android device, you can do the following. 

Use a Third-party Application from the Google Store

There are plenty of applications on the Google Store that you can use to help you download a video from YouTube. Two popular applications are the Y2Mate and TubeMate. 

These applications offer step-by-step guidance on how to use their application to download videos from YouTube. For example, TubeMate acts as the YouTube application where you can search for videos. Once you have found the video you want to use, there is going to be the option of downloading the video to your Android device. 

Depending on the application, the steps may be a bit more complicated, or it may ask you to take the link from the YouTube application and paste it to the app for downloading. When choosing a third-party application, consider the pros and cons and the reviews in terms of how user-friendly the application is. 

Use the YouTube Application

To download directly from the YouTube application, users are going to be required to have a Premium (paid account). There is the option of a trial period to see if the Premium YouTube account is worth purchasing for yourself. 

When you use the Premium account with YouTube, when you click to view a video, by the buffer meter, there are three dots. When you select these three dots, you are going to be given the option to download, add captions, or change the resolution. The alternative is going to also provide you with the choice of video quality; however, it’s important to remember that the better quality a video, the more space it can take up on your Android device. Typically, most videos play at a quality that is compatible with your device and streaming speed. 

Things to Keep in Mind When Downloading YouTube Videos on Android

Having the option to download a music video, a tutorial, or a movie to our Android is excellent; however, there are a few things to keep in mind when you download a video from YouTube. 

 Things to consider include: 

These are just a few things to consider when downloading a YouTube video to your Android device; others are specific to one’s device or situation. If you encounter any problems downloading, consider checking whether or not there is enough space to hold the video but also whether or not the video is compatible with your phone’s viewing capacity.


If you are looking to download a YouTube video from your favorite band or maybe clips from a sports game, whatever the video is you are looking to download, you can use applications to do so. Some people may be concerned that downloading videos is illegal; however, this is not true. When users upload on YouTube, they can choose to let users have the option of downloading or not their videos. Thanks to this feature of downloading videos from YouTube, you can take entertainment with you, Wi-Fi or not. 

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Marom is a senior writer at WIRED specialising on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. A former technology correspondent for Slate, she was also a staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and ASU. Additionally her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics. She is a New Yorker who calls the city home.
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