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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