How to Download Music for Offline Use with YouTube Music

This guide will take you each step of the way though setting up the YouTube Music App to download the audio (or audio and video) so that you can listen to music while offline.

  1. Before we go very far at all – in order to download content from YouTube so that you can listen/watch it offline, you’ll need a YouTube Music Premium account. Without one, that particular feature is disabled. Let’s get started – with YouTube Music open, tap your user icon located in the upper-right corner of the App (see screenshot below).
  2. Select Settings from the listen of options.
  3. Now select Downloads & storage
  4. There are a couple of things here you’ll want to customize. The first – do you want to download just the audio to listen to while offline, or the audio and video? Select Video quality
  5. Select Audio only if all you want is the audio, or one of the two video options if you want both audio and video.
  6. This time select the Audio quality menu item and choose either Low, Normal or High based on your preferences. Remember that the higher the quality, the more storage space will be required to save the downloaded files.
  7. Now for the fun part! Locate a song on YouTube Music that you want to download and select it. While the track is playing, tap the “3 dots” button located to the right of the title of the track (see screenshot below).
  8. Select Download from the list of options.
  9. The bar at the bottom of the App will display the status of any downloads.
  10. To locate and play any of your downloaded files, select Library from the bottom of the YouTube Music App, and then Downloads from the list of options.
  11. In the Your downloads section tap the item named Downloaded songs
  12. Finally, here’s the list of all your downloaded songs. Play away!

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4 thoughts on “How to Download Music for Offline Use with YouTube Music”

  1. Hi Jman –
    It’s similar to Google Play Music, yes. You can listen to whatever music you want when you’re offline – as long as you have downloaded those tracks (which is what this guide explains how to do).

  2. Is YouTube Music like google play music? Will I be forced to use internet in order to listen to my music? Or can I just do what I normally do with Google play music? I am asking if it is required to use internet or wifi in order to listen to music when I want? I will be sorely pissed if I am not able to listen to my music when I want I don’t care about features I don’t care about bells and whistles. I just want to listen to my music when ever I want. I do not want my freedom taken from me.

  3. This did not work. Please don’t say something and somebody try it and it not work. So you need to fix your websites

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