How to Download YouTube Videos on Android and iPhone

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It’s extremely simple to download YouTube videos on iOS and Android devices and save them for offline streaming. Regardless of whether you’re on mobile data or Wi-Fi service, you can stream your downloaded YouTube videos without any interruptions. It’s one of the perfect alternatives to keep you entertained during long haul flights and trips to remote locations where the internet connection isn’t stable.

Fortunately, there are a variety of methods of how to download YouTube videos on mobile, from third-party apps/websites to YouTube’s subscription options. In this article, we highlight some of the unique ways on how to download YouTube videos on mobile devices. 

 

Download YouTube Videos via YouTube Premium

If you have purchased a YouTube Premium subscription, you’ll have the opportunity to easily download YouTube videos on your mobile phone without any third-party applications. With YouTube Premium, you can download any content you’d like from YouTube Gaming, YouTube Music, and YouTube itself.

However, you can only stream downloaded videos, music, and other content through the app exclusively. Hence, you can’t stream YouTube videos on a different mobile device or play them with a different media player.

You should create an account with YouTube Premium so you can stream downloaded YouTube videos. Hence, a paid membership is required. For only $12 per month, YouTube Premium lets you enjoy ad-free videos and download YouTube videos. If you want to have an overview of what YouTube Premium can provide, you can sign up for a one-month free trial.

 

Here is how to download YouTube videos on mobile via YouTube Premium:

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  1. If you don’t have the YouTube app on your mobile yet, download it for your iOS or Android devices.
  2. Open a web browser on your smartphone or tablet and visit YouTube Premium to purchase a new account.
  3. Once you have created a new account, search for the specific YouTube videos you want to download for offline streaming via the YouTube mobile app.
  4. Play each video on the main screen.
  5. Tap Download.
  6. Wait for the YouTube video to finish downloading.
  7. Tap Library > Downloads to find your downloaded videos.

 

Download YouTube Videos via TubeMate

If you’re an Android user, TubeMate is one of the popular methods for downloading YouTube videos on mobile. It’s a third-party app without any payment required for using its services. TubeMate is extremely straightforward to use. However, the drawback is that it isn’t directly available from the Google Play Store. That said, you should authorize your Android device to download and install apps outside of the Google Play Store. 

 

Here’s how to download YouTube videos on mobile via TubeMate:

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  1. Using your Android smartphone or tablet, download the TubeMate APK File
  2. Run the executable file and install the TubeMate app on your mobile device.
  3. Once the download has been completed, launch the TubeMate app.
  4. Search for the specific YouTube videos you want to download.
  5. Play each video on the main screen.
  6. On the bottom right, find and tap the red Download icon.
  7. Choose the video quality you prefer.
  8. Tap again the red Download button.

 

Download YouTube Videos via Documents by Readdle

There are unique methods for downloading YouTube videos on iOS, such as the Documents by Readdle app. If you already have this app on your smartphone, then you’re here for a treat. Aside from being a productivity app, not many people know that the Documents by Readdle app can also help them watch their favorite YouTube videos and download them for later viewing.

 

To download YouTube videos via Documents by Readdle, here are the steps:

Download YouTube Videos via Documents by Readdle
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  1. On your iPhone/iPad, download and install the Documents by Readdle app.
  2. Open the Safari browser on your iPhone/iPad.
  3. Search for your preferred YouTube video to download. Otherwise, you can also open the YouTube for iOS app.
  4. Tap Share.
  5. Tap Copy Link.
  6. Launch the Documents by Readdle app.
  7. Tap the browser icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  8. From there, navigate to savefrom.net
  9. Paste the YouTube video URL you copied.
  10. Select your preferred video quality.
  11. Tap Download.

 

Download YouTube Videos via Y2mate

In this section, you need a computer to transfer downloaded YouTube videos to your Android smartphones and tablets. However, using the YouTube app and Y2Mate directly from your smartphone is also possible. The process yields the same results.

 

On a Computer

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  1. Open a web browser and navigate to Y2mate.
  2. Open YouTube and search for the YouTube videos you want to download.
  3. Copy the YouTube video URL and paste it on Y2mate’s website.
  4. Click on Start.
  5. Choose your desired video quality.
  6. Click on Download.
  7. Choose a folder to save the downloaded YouTube video.
  8. Rename the video for easier reference.
  9. Click on Save.
  10. Once done, transfer all your downloaded YouTube videos to your Android device via USB cable.

 

On YouTube App

  1. Launch the YouTube for Android app. Otherwise, you need to download the app before proceeding to the next steps.
  2. Search for the YouTube video you want to download.
  3. Play the video on the main screen.
  4. Tap Share > Copy Link.
  5. Open a mobile web browser and go to Y2mate.
  6. Paste the YouTube video URL on Y2mate.
  7. Tap Start.
  8. Choose your desired video quality.
  9. Tap Download.

 

Download YouTube Videos via ClipGrab + Finder/AirDrop

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Another reliable third-party service that can help you download YouTube videos is ClipGrab. With ClipGrab, you need a MacBook or Mac device so you can transfer downloaded YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPad. Aside from ClipGrab, you also need to have either the Finder and AirDrop features so you can transfer them easily.

You can also use ClipGrab to download YouTube videos and transfer them to your Android devices. The process is similar to Y2mate; thus, you should connect your Android device with a USB lightning cable to transfer YouTube videos.

 

Finder

  1. Download and install the ClipGrab app on your computer.
  2. Input your keywords via the text field on the Search tab to search for the preferred YouTube videos you want to download.
  3. Choose your preferred Format and Quality.
  4. Click on Grab This Clip.
  5. While waiting for the download to finish, connect your iPhone or iPad to your MacBook or Mac.
  6. From the Finder, click on your device under Locations on the side navigation.
  7. Navigate to the Movies tab.
  8. Tick the Sync movies onto <device name> checkbox.
  9. Check all the downloaded YouTube videos.
  10. Click on Sync.
  11. From the Apple TV app on your connected device, tap Library > Home Videos.

 

AirDrop

  1. Download and install the ClipGrab app on your computer.
  2. Input your keywords via the text field on the Search tab to search for the preferred YouTube videos you want to download.
  3. Choose your preferred Format and Quality.
  4. Click on Grab This Clip.
  5. While waiting for the download to finish, turn on the AirDrop service on your iPhone or iPad.
  6. Once the download has been completed, locate the downloaded YouTube video.
  7. Right-click on the file and go to Share > AirDrop.
  8. Select Turn On Bluetooth.
  9. Select the device’s name from the screen.
  10. On your paired device, tap Accept.

 

Download YouTube Videos via Screen Recorder

If you don’t want extra apps for downloading videos for Apple users, you can try the Screen Recording feature. It’s the simplest method to record YouTube videos on your mobile devices. Although it’s completely free, the video quality isn’t the best compared to other methods. If you’re OK with basic quality, screen recording is the way to go.

 

Before anything else, you should configure your device’s Control Center to easily access the Screen Recording feature. To do this, here are the steps:

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  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Tap the “+” icon beside Screen Recording.

 

Now that you have enabled the Screen Recording shortcut on the Control Center, you can proceed with the following steps:

  1. Open the YouTube app, or go to YouTube via Safari mobile browser.
  2. Browse your preferred YouTube video.
  3. Rotate your phone to switch to landscape orientation.
  4. Access the Control Center by swiping up.
  5. Tap the white Screen Recording button.
  6. Stream the video on the main screen for recording.
  7. Once done, access the Control Center and press the red Screen Recording button to complete the process.
  8. Open the Photos app and stream the recorded video.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully downloaded YouTube videos for your offline streaming sessions.

 

Final Word

As a precaution, you shouldn’t download YouTube videos for illegal distribution and other commercial purposes. Personal streaming is the only acceptable reason for downloading such materials. As a result, you can avoid copyright issues.

Have you tried any of these methods for downloading YouTube videos? Feel free to share any recommendations and tips for more alternatives in the comments below!

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