How to Download Music from YouTube Music

January 25, 2022

For YouTube Music premium subscribers, listening to music is available even if they have run out of the Internet. With downloaded songs, you can enjoy your favorite tracks any time, even if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. In this article, you’ll learn how to download music from YouTube Music, so that you’ll be able to listen to it offline.

This article is a part of the series on how to download music for offline listening on different services. If you’re curious How to Download Songs From Spotify, or How to Download Songs From Apple Music, we’ve already covered these topics.

YouTube Music in a nutshell

YouTube Music is a dedicated music service from YouTube, owned by Google. The platform strongly emphasizes videos and live performances because YouTube is often the only place some of these live performances are hosed. The service is available on both Android and iOS devices, as well as some smart speakers. You can also use it through the web, as well as through desktop apps.

How to download music from YouTube

First, to be able to use the “download” option, you have to be a YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium subscriber. Without this type of account, this option won’t even appear. So, don’t bother to follow below-listed steps without subscribing to Premium.

YouTube Music offers two possibilities to download songs. You can choose a specific song, album, or playlist to download or turn on the “smart downloads” feature. The second option will automatically download your favorite music.

YouTube Music download settings explained

  • You can get to settings, by clicking on your YouTube profile icon in the top right corner of both the mobile, and desktop app.

  • Then click ⇾ “settings”, and go to “library & downloads”.

  • This section will show you how much storage YouTube music’s downloads are taking up.

  • You can also set download quality for downloaded music, and video quality for videos.

  • Enabling “smart downloads” will trigger YouTube music to save your favorite music offline automatically when you’re on Wi-Fi with sufficient battery.

  • If you want to delete some of your downloaded songs, click the three dots icon next to a chosen song, and then “Remove download”.

How to download music from YouTube on Android and computer

Step 1: Pick the song you want to download, by clicking on it. If you do it, it’ll bring up the “now playing” screen, which will take up the entire view.

Step 2: When you click on the album artwork, you’ll see that you have the options to share, download, add to a playlist, make album artwork landscape, and cast (you may also click three dots, at the right corner - when you do it, you’re going to see a lot of options.)

Step 3: Choose the “download” option, which downloads the song for offline listening.

Step 4: To download a specific song, you can also tap the download arrow located on the album or playlist details page.

Step 5: To download a playlist, or album, click the three-dot menu next to selected media, and select “download”.

How to download music from YouTube to iPhone

Do you want to learn, how to download playlists, albums, and tracks from YouTube Music to your iPhone? Just follow these simple steps.

First, you have to subscribe to YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium to take advantage of offline mode.

Similar to Android, on iOS, you can turn on a feature called “Offline mixtape” (the equivalent of “Smart downloads”). To do it:

Step 1: Click your profile icon

Step 2: Then go to “downloads” ⇾ “settings”. In this section, you can turn on or off the “Offline mixtape”.

Or you can select a particular song, playlist, or album to download:

Step 1: Find whatever you want to download.

Step 2: Click three-dots menu, and then “download”.

Also, you can tap the download arrow on the album, or playlist details page.

Hot to transfer music from YouTube Music or YouTube to other streaming services?

If you’ve been using YouTube Music for the past couple of months, and feel the strong need for transferring to another music streaming service, don’t worry, it’s easy and simple! To do it, you don’t have to download music from YouTube Music first, and all you require is the app for music transfer. Just use FreeYourMusic software, with which you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite albums and playlists on any music streaming platform you want.


Step 1: Choose YouTube Music as a source.

Step 2: With one button click, select a destined streaming platform.

Step 3: Select music, you want to transfer from YouTube Music.

Step 4: That’s it! You can now listen to your playlists and tracks in the new music service!

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