How to Download YouTube Movies and Music on Android

Earlier this year, Google made some great improvements to YouTube for Android and iOS, and more features will be added soon. In fact, earlier this year, the company added a feature that allows users to temporarily save certain videos or music for offline playback. But this guide will explain how to permanently save these files on your Android smartphone or tablet.

Google allows certain videos or music to be saved on users’ devices for a certain period of time for later playback and that’s it. Recovering them completely is technically piracy and is not welcome.

However, people still want to do this, and below we’ll explain how to use both methods. Google’s option to temporarily save for later and “other methods” available on various online websites and some easy to use apps from Google Play. This is how you download YouTube movies and music to your Android smartphone or tablet.

As we mentioned above, with more updates late last year and in January, Google added a method to temporarily save videos on our devices for later enjoyment while offline and without an internet connection. We’ll start with that, then show you how to save these files forever to enjoy and do as you please on a number of different devices. Keep in mind, the latter can get you in trouble and is just as bad as going to a torrent site for the latest movie or song.

We’ve seen many apps like “YouTube Ripper” added to the Play Store or App Store, then removed by Google or Apple. However, there are still countless others available on the Play Store or on their website. So let’s get started.


This is a legitimate and Google-permissive system that saves videos for later offline playback. Certain videos, Android smartphones and tablets that support this feature have a download arrow just below the video. The UI has changed a bit, but users can still find the download button. Then tap that and choose the resolution you want and that’s it. We recommend 720p and a WiFi connection. Then go to the left menu bar and select “Watch later” to find a list of recorded videos you can enjoy.


Pretty easy, right? Remember, it will only be available for that long and will be on YouTube, meaning it can’t be added to another device, shared on a computer, or saved forever. This is just a temporary file.

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Content Download

Now for the good stuff like downloading movies, videos, music videos and even top 10 hit songs directly to your Android smartphone or tablet forever. Many of these apps have a disclaimer or have been removed from the Play Store, but many of them are still floating around claiming to save other videos, but work great for copying content directly from YouTube. One of the many apps that works great is an app called Tube Downloader. Available from Play Store at the moment. Next, we’ve gathered a few simple websites that will do this for you if apps pull from Google Play. All users need is the URL from YouTube and that’s it.

Find a YouTube video you want to download and keep forever and select the 3-dot “Share” button at the top of the screen and select “Copy URL” in the popup that appears. This is what you need, then go to websites like below or and paste this link. They usually convert the video in seconds and offer an MP3 of the music that can be downloaded directly to a smartphone or a full video to download and save on any Android smartphone or tablet.


Basically find the video or song, get the URL and paste that URL (website link) into the site and hit convert or download and that’s it. Very easy.

Now any funny video (not movies of course) can be permanently saved directly to Android devices to enjoy it forever. The same process has long been used on computers or laptops, and it’s just as easy to do on Android. Clipconverter even lets you choose the conversion format that’s perfect for any occasion. Then download something like VLC from Google Play to enjoy the videos if they don’t appear in the video player on certain Android devices.

As a final reminder, using some of these YouTube ripping tools can get users in trouble, and this is against YouTube terms and conditions regarding content piracy. We recommend using Google’s own added ad-hoc method, but it’s up to people what they do on their own time.

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