If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, chances are you have a few video favorites that you return to again and again. But if you watch from your smartphone on the go, you’re likely eating up a good portion of the data on your wireless plan.
Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way you can simply download the videos you keep on repeat to your phone or other Android device without eating up all that precious data or waiting to acquire an internet connection.
Take your favorite videos with you
There are a few ways you can go about getting YouTube videos to your Android phone. One simple method to purchase a YouTube Premium subscription. If you pay the $11.99 a month entry fee or upgrade to the $14.99 a month family subscription for up to six members, you can watch YouTube videos without ads and download them straight to your device for offline viewing.
If you already have a YouTube Premium account, you only need to download the free YouTube app from the Google Play Store, unless you already have it installed. Once installed, find the YouTube video you want to download in the app, and then open it. Tap the Download button you’ll find between the Share arrow and the Save button that looks like three lines with a plus sign. It is a round circle with a down arrow that says simply “Download.”
Your phone will ask you what quality you want to save your video in. Select an option between Low, Medium and HD, and then click “OK.” Your video will then begin downloading. Once it’s downloaded, you can watch it any time you wish, even if you’re not connected to the internet.
If you don’t have a YouTube Premium subscription, there’s still a simple way you can download videos if you want to take an extra step to do so. You’ll need your own computer for this, or at least access to one.
With a browser open, head to Y2mate.com. Y2mate is a special video downloading service that you can use for free. It lets you quickly and easily download videos to watch later. Copy and paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to download into the URL field on Y2mate, select the quality you’d like your video in, and click “Download.”
Important note: Make sure that you are not violating anyone’s copyrights by downloading videos, as that would be breaking the law. However, videos that fall into the Public Domain, Creative Commons and CopyLeft are fair game for downloading although you could be violating YouTube’s Terms of Service.
Your video will then be downloaded to the computer. All you need to do from here is transfer the video to your Android device via micro USB cord, or however you normally add files to your phone. True, it’s a little more involved than the YouTube Premium option, but you don’t need any active subscriptions to pull it off.
It’s that easy – happy viewing!