How to Download Songs and Playlists from YouTube Music (Android and iOS)

YouTube Music Premium subscribers can download songs, playlists, and albums to listen to offline. This can be done automatically or manually.

youtube music users can download songs and playlists for offline listening, provided they have a Premium subscription. YouTube offers separate subscriptions for videos and music. A YouTube Premium membership includes access to YouTube Music Premium, but not the other way around. While the former is more of an all-in-one subscription that includes benefits for videos and music, the latter is a music streaming subscription that is an alternative to Spotify and Apple Music.

Either way, both subscriptions give users access to several benefits, including the ability to listen to ad-free music, play music in the background while using other apps on a phone, activate an audio-only mode to listen to music without loading a video. , stream music to speaker or smart display and download music for offline playback. A standalone YouTube Music Premium subscription costs $9.99 per month for individuals and $14.99 per month for a family plan.

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YouTube Music Premium users have two methods to download music for offline playback. The first is to enable smart downloads, while the second requires users to manually download a song or playlist. Smart downloads automatically download music based on a user’s previous listening history. To enable it on Android, open the YouTube Music app and tap on the profile picture in the top right corner. Press on Downloads, then tap the Settings (gear) icon. Enable the toggle next to Smart Downloads. Users can remove a particular album or playlist from Smart Downloads by clicking the three-dot Menu button and then tapping Delete Download. To manually download a song, playlist, or album to Android, press the Menu button, then tap To download. You can also click the download arrow on an album or playlist’s detail page, or on the cover of a particular track.


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On an iPhone or iPad, YouTube Music Premium subscribers can activate the offline mixtape, which is just another version of smart downloads. To activate the mixtape offline, open the YouTube Music app and tap on the profile picture. Press on Downloads then the Settings icon. Enable the toggle next to Download mixtape offline. Like smart downloads, offline mixtape automatically downloads music based on the user’s listening history. iPhone users can remove a song from their offline mix by swiping left. To upload a song or playlist to the YouTube Music iPhone app, click the Menu button, then tap To download. Like the Android app, iPhone users can also download music by tapping on a song’s cover, or on an album or playlist’s detail page and tapping the arrow download.


Whether you’re using an iPhone or Android phone, YouTube Music refreshes offline mixtape/smart downloads every night, provided the phone is connected to Wi-Fi and has more than 40% charge remaining. It can also do this via mobile data if this is enabled in the download settings. Once downloaded, music can be listened to for up to 30 days without an internet connection. Manually downloaded songs, playlists and albums can also be listened to offline for 30 days, although users will need to reconnect to the internet at least once a month to preserve them. Offline downloads depend on the amount of storage available on a device. youtube music users can access Settings then press Offline Settings to limit the number of automatically downloaded songs and choose between audio and video downloads.


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