How to Watch YouTube Videos Offline on Android

Even though YouTube is one of the leading platforms for streaming content on the go, you might not always have a stable enough connection or connection to stream your favorite content. This is where downloading YouTube videos comes in handy.

Here’s how to download and watch YouTube videos offline on your Android smartphone.

How to Download YouTube Videos to Your Android Phone

Downloading YouTube videos to Android is easy. Depending on your location, you may be able to download some 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. Find the video you want to download using the search button on the top right.
  3. Tap the video to enter the playback page and tap the To download button. Otherwise, touch Continued (three vertical dots) next to a video title and select Download the video.
  4. If you are doing this for the first time, YouTube will ask you to select the video download quality. Select one Download quality and press To download to start the process. Ensure the Remember my settings toggle is enabled so you don’t have to repeat the same process before uploading another YouTube video.


Once your YouTube video has finished downloading, you will see a Video uploaded pop up at the bottom. Also To download the button will say now Uploaded. This means you can now watch the video offline without an internet connection.

To access downloaded videos, press the Library tab and select Downloads. If you access the application without an Internet connection, YouTube will provide you with a See your downloads button you can press instantly to access your downloads.

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

Limitations of Downloading YouTube Videos Offline

Although downloading YouTube videos on Android is simple, you might be wondering what the problem is. Well, there are several. The first is that you might need a YouTube Premium subscription, depending on your location.

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.

Second, you can only view the video using the YouTube mobile app. When you upload a video to the YouTube mobile app, you cannot use a third-party app to watch it or transfer the video to another device. The main reason for this is that YouTube encrypts content downloaded to your device.

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The other catch is that you will need to reconnect your Android phone to the internet at least once every 48 hours. In some regions, however, YouTube will only require you to reconnect your device to the Internet at least once every 29 days for non-music content.

Mandatory login ensures that the video’s information is up to date with its online version. It also helps YouTube check the availability status of a video. So if the creator removes a video, you won’t be able to watch it when you reconnect to the Internet.

Finally, not all YouTube videos are downloadable. YouTube lets creators 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, you might need a YouTube Premium subscription. Suppose you are lucky and live in a region that is not yet supported by YouTube Premium. In this case, you will be able to download YouTube videos without a subscription (as long as the download function is available in your region).

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