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.


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

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of 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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  1. Andrea Says:

    Thank you ! Extremely helpful tutorial ! You so rock ! Do I restore security settings now that the YouTube downloaded is in place ?
    Thanks again .
    Best to you . Andrea

  2. Candra Says:

    Thank you! This app works so well and i was able to download videos. Thanks again!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks so much! Worked perfectly fine. Love it.

  4. Julie Says:

    Wow it works really well. Follow instruction and within a minute I was able to download youtube videos so I could show my son without being connected to wifi or use up data.
    Thank you!

  5. EJ Says:

    Thank you very much for this! Helped me a lot!

  6. shri Says:

    thanks alot!!!! worked really well .. just followed the instructions and got the video i want from youtube in my mobile .. cheers!!!

  7. art compton Says:

    I must be stupid. How did you get from “the allow unknown sources” point to the blog you want to download from?

  8. Rob Says:

    Excellent help! Thanks!

  9. Ivan Says:

    Just what i needed, thanks a bunch.

  10. Anas Says:

    searching for this app for ages and Finally found it :)
    Thank You !

  11. Alison Says:

    Thank you!! Easy to follow your instructions and easy to use the app! Terrific!
    To those who can’t figure out how to set to the blog to download the app, just use your internet browser to search the name of the blog – Dentex’s blog

    Easy peasy ;)

  12. mk76 Says:

    I am iranian and thank for this page

  13. phamtan Says:


  14. wtc Says:

    I’m using
    You don’t need any app, just use your browser

  15. Nextman Says:

    This is great but you should also do a new review for its the easiest way and no app downloaded needed. :)

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