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How To Download And Save YouTube Videos To Your Phone

How To Download And Save YouTube Videos To Your Phone

While many of us are frequent and dedicated YouTube users, we can’t always be online, and at times it becomes impossible to get a connection, especially if we’re travelling or on vacation. It’s in times like those that we wish we could save a few videos to our devices so we can watch them later, even without a connection. Luckily, that is possible, and that is what we’ll show you how to do today!

In order to download videos from YouTube directly into your device, you’ll need a special app. However, due to the sensitive nature of the app, it is not hosted in the Play Store, like most Android apps you usually get. What you may not know is that there are a few alternatives to the Play Store for downloading apps, and that’s what we’ll be using today to get our app. In particular, you’ll want to click this link to go the download page for TubeMate, the app we’ll be using today, hosted on a service called Aptoide:

Head onto the link above on your phone and tap the install button. This will not install the app directly, instead, it will download the Aptoide app in your phone so you can download it from there, just like in the Play Store. So, once the download ends, tap the .apk file that you downloaded to install Aptoide:

Agree to the install, and proceed – you’ll see Aptoide download TubeMate automatically, the app we want:

Now, TubeMate will be installed and is ready to be used on your device. So, once the install process ends, open it up, and you’ll see this screen:

The way TubeMate works is actually fairly simple – it acts like a YouTube app for mobile, but with added functionality for downloading directly from the app. So, in order to download a video, first just search for it by pressing the search icon:

Then, when you find the video you want, tap on it and it will start playing as usual, but you may have noticed a few new icons at the top:

Tap the green arrow to start the download feature:

The app will then tell you all the available formats it will let you download the video in. You can download in multiple resolutions, including full HD, and you can even download just the audio, if that’s what you want:

Pick a format from the list and then press the Download button at the bottom:

And the app will download your video and save it to your device:

By default, videos are saved to the “Videos” folder in your internal storage. You can access it with any regular file manager and play the video right there:

There’s another way to download a video you’re interested in if you don’t want to browse using TubeMate. Just fire up the regular YouTube app and go to the video you want to download:

Then, tap the Share icon:

And then select TubeMate from the list:

This will prompt TubeMate to directly download the video you just shared:

This is by far the best way to download videos to your phone for later viewing. For better or worse, a lot of us now get most of our video entertainment from YouTube, and having it always there with us without needing an internet connection is a godsend, especially if you know you’re going to be without internet access for a while. This way, you get to save your videos for later, save on your data bill, and always have your favorite videos with you. Any questions or doubts? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Carlos S.

Carlos is a guy. He likes technology and gadgets, and sometimes even writes about them! You can routinely see him playing with his smartphone and avoiding social interaction.
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