How To Download YouTube Videos on Your Android Smartphone

Download YouTube videos on your Android smartphone with ease

Many a time it happens that you see a once in a lifetime YouTube video which you feel you should watch over again and again. This tutorial makes it easy for you to download such memorable videos on your Android smartphone or tablet with ease. Do remember to take the owners permission before you proceed to download the video using this tutorial as it is illegal to download YouTube videos (unless you are the copyright holder, or have permission from the owner), so you should comply with the YouTube’s Terms of Service.

However, using the below methods, you may download videos that you uploaded on YouTube but which you may have accidentally deleted from your PC/laptop.

How to download YouTube videos on your Android smartphone

Note : We are giving details about APKs so do remember It might be dangerous to download apps from outside the Play Store because the code may have been tempered with. You may prefer downloading the APK file from an authorized source (the official site, or install it from the Play Store instead.

Android App Solutions


TubeMate is one of the best solutions to download YouTube videos directly. Unfortunately, the App is not available on Google Play since it is illegal to download YouTube videos without permission. However, you can download the APK file from the official site to get started. Alternatively, if you still do not trust the official website, you can head to APKMirror where you would always find verified APK for the App.

Steps to download YouTube videos using Tubemate

tubemate for android

To install an APK directly on your Android Smartphone, navigate to – Settings->Security->Unknown Sources and then just check on the option to allow installation of apps from unknown sources. Once enabled, Install TubeMate using the APK file and launch the app.

Step 1: Upon starting, it would ask you whether you agree or disagree with the Terms of Use. Click on “Agree” to proceed.

Step 2: After you are done with the on-screen tutorial for the first time. You just need to search for the video you would like to download.

Step 3 : Click on the download button at the top (green arrow) after you open the video that needs to be downloaded.

Note: If you are running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you should ignore battery optimizations for this app so that it would run in the background as well.

Step #6: Choose the resolution you want to download (1080p / 720p / 360p etc). And, it is done! Android App

Another option to download videos from YouTube is

Steps to download YouTube videos using App

Step 1: You can start downloading the APK file directly from the official site.

Step 2: Before installing, make sure that you have allowed installation from unknown sources as well.

Step 3: After you have got the app installed, all you have to do is to launch the YouTube app. Now, whichever video you want to be downloaded, share it via app from the available sharing options.

Step 4: Finally, you can choose the format of the video that you want to proceed with.

Firefox + Helper

If you are a Firefox browser fanboy, this is probably the best method for you. You just need to download and get an add-on installed.

Steps to download YouTube videos using Firefox browser with an add-on installed

firefox addon - savefrom net

Step 1: Install Mozilla Firefox browser for Android.

Step 2: Download and install the helper add-on from the official site.

Step 3: Open ( on Firefox and play the desired video. You will observe an additional download button at the bottom of the video as shown in the image below. Click on it to download. It is done!

If you don’t want to take risks with APKs and all, you can use web-based online download solutions as well. Here are a few of them.


clip converter

ClipConverter online downloader ends up being a simpler approach to download YouTube videos on Android. It is very easy to use, just type in the YouTube video link as the video URL to be downloaded on the web page and that is all you have to do here.

Sometimes, you need only the song instead of the video. ClipConverter allows you to download the Mp3 format of the video.

This is perhaps the most popular choice to download the YouTube videos from the net using online solutions.

savefrom net

Method 1:

In order to download, you will have to visit Saveform’s YouTube downloader page.

Simply, type the URL of the video to be downloaded.

Now, you will be greeted with the available options (various resolutions) to download the video.

Method 2:

Visit and open/play the video you want to be downloaded. Now, as you can observe, the default YouTube URL looks like:

Just insert “ss” before YouTube as shown below:

You will be redirected to where you can continue downloading it.

Do remember, it is illegal to download YouTube videos without copyright owners permission hence it is advisable to take the YouTube video owners permission before proceeding to download videos using any of the above methods.


  1. Good to know these video download tools and thanks for the sharing. Tubemate used to be my favorite choice to download YouTube videos, but it cannot download HD youtube videos. For someone who want to download 1080p or 4k YouTube videos, I’d recommend acethinker video downloader, free and works pretty well for me.


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