Long gone are the days when YouTube was just for watching cat videos. The amount of quality content has increased over the past several years. And whether it’s programming from independent creators or YouTube Originals, there is always something to watch. But there might be times when you need the ability to view your favorites while you are offline or on a limited data connection. With a YouTube Premium subscription, downloading videos to your phone or tablet is one of the benefits.
Download YouTube Premium Video iOS or Android
There are no extensions or apps to install to get started, just sign up for YouTube Premium and in addition to commercial-free content (a huge benefit for many users), downloading videos is a piece of cake. When you find a video and start watching it, simply tap the Download button, and then choose the quality of the video you want to download. Obviously, the higher the quality, the larger the file, and the more space it requires on your device.
You can also download YouTube Originals – yep, YouTube has been creating its own original programming – which is also a benefit of Premium. To give you an idea of how it works on iOS, below is a shot of the Download button on an iPad while watching the original Cobra Kai.
After your videos have been downloaded to your phone or tablet, you will find them by going to Library > Downloads.
Having YouTube Premium is like having a subscription to Netflix or Amazon Prime. And we have shown you how to download Netflix videos and how to download video content from Amazon Prime to your mobile device. And YouTube’s subscription service offers a similar ability. However, unlike the other two, YouTube doesn’t yet allow for native downloading its Premium videos to your computer. For example, you can download Netflix content on Windows 10 to watch offline. If you want to do the same for Netflix on your PC, you will need to use a different trick.
In addition to downloading videos to watch offline, YouTube Premium includes other benefits including ad-free viewing, commercial-free music streaming with YouTube Music, and more. YouTube Premium is free to try for the first three months and is $11.99 per month after that.