How to Download YouTube Videos on Your Android Phone

Download YouTube Videos

You’re watching an awesome Web series or boogying down to a music video on YouTube when you realize that you’re about to go somewhere with little or no connectivity. Fortunately, with a few simple steps you can save any video on YouTube to your Android phone for offline viewing. You can even convert music videos to MP3 files you can put on your playlist. Here’s how to download YouTube videos on your Android phone.

Note: Downloading videos may violate YouTube’s terms of service. 

Installing YouTube Downloader

1. Navigate to the settings menu on your Android phone. 

2. Select Security.

Select security

3. Toggle “Unknown sources” to on if it is not already checked. This setting will make sure you can install apps that don’t come from Google Play.

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unknown sources

4. Download YouTube Downloader from Dentex’s blog on your Android phone.

Download YouTube Downloader

5. Tap the download notification for YouTube Downloader in your notification drawer.

Tap download

6. Tap Install. The program will take a few seconds to install.

Install

You can browse videos and download them either through the YouTube app or by using the YouTube Downloader’s search feature. We prefer using YouTube’s own app. 

Downloading Videos From the Official YouTube App

1. Find the video you want in the YouTube app.

Find video in YouTube

2. Tap the share button which appears when you tap on the video player.

Tap Share

3. Select YouTube Downloader from the share menu.

Select YouTube Downloader from the Share Menu

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4. Select the video / audio format you wish to download. We recommend MP4 files in 1080 or 720p for videos and MP3 files if you only want the audio.

Select file format

5. Tap Download here to confirm.

Tap Download here

6. Tap Download to grab a plug-in file if necessary. This will only happen the first time you download a file in a given format.

Download plug-in

Downloading Videos Directly From the YouTube Downloader App

1. Open YouTube Downloader.

2. Enter a term in the search box and tap the search button. A list of videos appears.

Enter search term

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3. Tap the video you want to save. A list of options appears.

youtube downloader results

4. Select the video / audio format you wish to download. We recommend MP4 files in 1080 or 720p for videos and MP3 files if you only want the audio.

Select file format

Whichever way you find your video, YouTube Downloader will then take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to download and store it on your phone. You can play the file directly from YouTube Downloader or find it in the Download folder on your phone.

download screen

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Avram Piltch
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The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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