How to Download Videos from Youtube with Android

You would really like to download videos from YouTube using your Android smartphone or tablet, without having to go through the PC first, but you don't know how to do it? No problem, just use one of the many solutions suitable for the purpose and you can store all your favorite movies on the memory of your device (or on the microSD you have installed inside it) in a very simple way.

To discover how to download videos from youtube with android, all you have to do is install one of the apps that I am about to report to you or, alternatively, contact some online services that I will talk about later in the guide. Before starting, however, make sure you have enough free space on your device and, if you have a limited data plan, make sure you are not connected to the cellular data network, otherwise you risk exceeding monthly consumption in a very short time and possibly even incurring in unexpected costs.

Clear? What would you say, then, to put the chatter aside and start getting busy? Yup? Great. Position yourself comfortably, take a few free minutes just for yourself and start following the instructions below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to say that you are very happy and satisfied with what you have learned, as well as, of course, that you have succeeded in your intent. Let it bet?

How to Download YouTube Videos with Android for Free

Maybe not everyone knows, but it is possible download videos from youtube with android directly through theofficial app of the famous Google portal available for Android and iOS / iPadOs.

To obtain this possibility, however, it is necessary to subscribe to the service YouTube Premium, which, at no cost for a month and then for 11,99 euros / month (or 17,99 euros / month if you choose to activate a family plan that can be used by 6 people), allows you to download videos offline and keep them for 30 days, it eliminates ads, gives access to exclusive YouTube Originals content and allows you to enjoy YouTube Music, the Google home music streaming service that I told you about in detail in my tutorial on the subject.

That said, the first step to take advantage of YouTube Premium is to download the YouTue app on your smartphone or tablet (if you haven't already, of course). So, access the relevant section of the Play Store directly from your device and tap the button Install. In continuito, avvia l'app, sfiorando il pulsating apri comparso sullo schermo oppure selecting the relative icon which has been added on the home screen or in the app drawer.

Once the main YouTube screen is displayed, log into your Google account by tapping thelittle man located at the top right and providing the required credentials.

Once logged in, if you have not yet subscribed to YouTube Premium, tap on tua photo located at the top right, select the item Paid subscriptions in the menu that opens, touch the appropriate item on the next screen and follow the instructions on the display, as I explained in detail in my guide on how to get YouTube Premium for free.

After completing the above steps, you can finally proceed with downloading your favorite videos. To do this, locate the video of your interest, press the button Download located under the player, select the download quality from the menu that is shown to you and press the button OK.

Then wait for the download to be started and completed, then you will see a special notification appear in the lower right part of the screen and you can access the movie by going to the section Collection of the app by selecting the item Download from the new screen displayed and tapping on the relevant one title. Facile, see?

App to Download Videos from YouTube with Android

As I had anticipated at the beginning of the article, you can download videos from YouTube with Android also using some third-party applications. If this interests you, below you will find those that, in my humble opinion, represent the best in the category.

However, keep in mind that the following apps are not available on the Play Store, but must be downloaded via the relevant official Internet sites, prior enabling support for unknown sources on your device. If you don't know how to enable it, do this: If you have a device with Android 8.0 or higher, you have to go to Settings> Apps and notifications, tap on the item related to browser from which you intend to download the APK package, click on the wording Install sconosciute app and carry on ON the corresponding levetta alla voce Allow from this source.

If you use a older version of Android, go to Settings> Security (Or Screen lock and security) and bring up ON the lever at the voice Unknown origin (o Unknown sources). If necessary, confirm the operation by pressing on the item OK in response to the warning you see appearing on the display. For more details, you can check out my guide on how to install APK.


The first app I recommend you to try to download YouTube videos with Android is TubeMate. It is quite complete and easy to use, at no cost and allows you to download videos on YouTube in various formats, including audio-only ones.

To download it, connected to its official website directly from your device, then tap the button Android Freeware, quindi quello Latest version and finally, su Install APK. If you are asked which app you want to download TubeMate with, choose the browser currently in use and respond to the alerts you see appear on the screen by tapping on the items OK o Download.

Once the download is complete, expand the notification center of Android (with a swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom) and tap on the name of the file .apk just got it, in order to start installing the app. In the screen that opens, then touch the items Install e apri, to complete the installation process and start TubeMate.

Once the application is started, accept its terms of use by pressing the button I agree, grant TubeMate i necessary permissions to work and close the screen related to release notes. Next, decide if you want to use the app by viewing targeted advertisements or not.

Now, all you have to do is search for the YouTube video to download on your device by pressing the button with the magnifying glass located at the top right and typing the title of the movie in the dedicated text field; then you have to start playing it and select the icon of arrow which appears at the bottom right.

Through the menu that will open at this point, choose the format and resolution of the movie to be taken and press the button again with the arrowat the bottom right to start the download.

Please note that at the first download you may be asked to download MP3 Video Converter, a free app required for TubeMate to work properly. If so, press the button Install, choose to open the link with the Play Store and his bottone award Install, to complete the installation procedure.

To follow the progress of the downloads, instead, swipe from right to left on the screen, in order to recall the main menu of the application, then touch the icon with the down arrow which is located at the top. Once the download is complete, the movies will be stored in the folder Video from your device.

YouTube Downloader

Another great application you can turn to to download YouTube videos on Android is YouTube Downloader. It is free, very intuitive and allows you to choose between various output formats, allowing you to save videos even as audio only.

You can install YouTube Downloader on your device by going to its official website and pressing the button download latest build. If you are asked which application you intend to download with, choose the browser currently in use and respond to the alerts you see appear on the screen by tapping on the items OK o Download.

When the download is complete, expand the notification menu of Android and select the name of the file .apk just obtained, so as to start installing the app. In the screen that opens, then click on the items Install e apri, to complete the installation and launch the app.

Now that you see the YouTube Downloader main screen, tap on the items Accept e OK and locate the YouTube video to download, using the search bar located at the top of the screen, in the section Research.

Once you find the video, select the relevant one miniature, choose the format where you want to download the movie and its resolution and confirm the download by selecting the wording Scarica qui.

At the end of the download, you can view and play the videos obtained by going to the tab Dashboard app or by accessing the folder Download from your device.

Note that the first time you download it, you may be asked to install the free plugin FFMPEG, which is necessary for the conversion of certain videos. To accept, tap on the items Download e OK. Your device will take care of the rest automatically.

How to Download YouTube Videos with Android Without an App

You would like to understand how to download videos from youtube with android without app, why don't you want or can't install new ones on your device? No problem, you can do everything using some special ones online services, as in the case of those that you find reported below. Put them to the test now and you will see that you will not regret it.

The first online service that I recommend you to consider to download videos from YouTube with Android is called It is totally free, requires no registration, and allows you to choose between different output formats. It should be noted that, in addition to YouTube, it supports all the most popular video sharing sites.

To use, copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to download to the clipboard, then launch the browser that you generally use on your device to browse the Net (eg. Chrome) and go to the home page of the service.

Now, paste the link of the movie in the field below the URL entry in the center and select the output format you prefer from the drop-down menu Format, sfiora il pulsating Download and wait for the video processing procedure to be started and completed.

Next, click on your button Download present in the box that appeared below, corresponding to the preview of the video, to proceed with the download. You will then find the video in the folder Download from your device.

Other Solutions to Download Videos from YouTube with Android Without App

Are you looking for alternatives to the web service to download videos from YouTube that I have already reported to you? I'll settle you immediately. In fact, below you will find a list of further useful solutions that you can consider using.

  • noTube - it is a free service, which does not require registration and is easy to use, which allows you to save videos on YouTube in MP4 and in various formats of your choice, as well as extracting only the audio component.
  • - Web app that allows you to save videos on YouTube, saving them in MP4 and other formats of your choice. It is totally free and does not require registration.
  • I GIVE YOU - another online service useful for carrying out the operation covered by this tutorial. It is very easy to use, it is completely free and allows you to download videos on YouTube, with the possibility of choosing between various formats for download.


Salvatore Aranzulla

Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. Known for discovering vulnerabilities on Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he easily answers thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.