How to watch YouTube videos offline on Android


As much as YouTube is one of the main platforms for streaming content on-the-go, you may not always have a connection or one that’s stable enough to stream your favorite content. This is where downloading YouTube videos comes in handy.

This is how you can download YouTube videos and watch them offline on your Android smartphone.

How to download YouTube videos to your Android phone

Downloading YouTube videos on Android is easy. Depending on your location, you may be able to download select YouTube videos for offline viewing. Here is a list of all countries where YouTube allows certain content to be downloaded for offline viewing.

If your location is supported, follow these steps to download YouTube videos:

  1. Open the YouTube mobile app on your phone.
  2. Search for the video you want to download using the search button at the top right.
  3. Tap the video to go to the watch page and click Download Button. Alternatively, tap More (three vertical dots) next to a video’s title and select download video.
  4. When you do this for the first time, YouTube will ask you to choose the video download quality. Choose a suitable one download quality and type Download to start the process. Make sure the Remember my settings Toggle is enabled so you don’t have to go through the same process again before downloading another YouTube video.


Once your YouTube video has finished downloading, you will see a videos downloaded popup below. Also the Download button will say now downloaded. That means you can now watch the video offline without an internet connection.

To access downloaded videos, tap library tap and select Downloads. If you access the app without an internet connection, YouTube will provide you with a See your downloads Button you can tap instantly to access your downloads.

YouTube is just one of many services that allow you to download movies for free.

Restrictions on downloading YouTube videos offline

While downloading YouTube videos on Android is straightforward, you may be wondering what the catch is. Well, there are several. The first is that depending on your location, you may need a YouTube Premium subscription.

So if you live in an area where YouTube’s subscription service is available, you’ll have to pay $11.99 per month to access the download feature, an ad-free experience, among several other benefits.

Secondly, you can only watch the video with YouTube mobile app. If you download a video in the YouTube mobile app, you can’t watch it with a third-party app or transfer the video to another device. The main reason for this is that YouTube encrypts downloaded content on your device.

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The other catch is that you need to reconnect your Android phone to the internet at least every 48 hours. However, in some regions, YouTube only requires that you reconnect your device to the internet at least every 29 days for non-music content.

The mandatory connection ensures that the information of the video is up to date with its online version. Also, it helps YouTube to check the availability status of a video. So if the creator downloads a video, it won’t be available to you when you reconnect to the internet.

Finally, not all YouTube videos can be downloaded. On YouTube, creators can choose whether their videos should be downloadable or not.

Watch YouTube videos offline on Android

YouTube’s download feature comes in handy, especially for those in areas with poor connectivity. To make sure you always have something to watch when your connection drops, download YouTube videos offline.

Depending on where you are located, you may need a YouTube Premium subscription. Let’s say you’re lucky and live in a region that’s not yet supported by YouTube Premium. In this case, you can also download YouTube videos without a subscription (if the download feature is available in your region).

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