How to Download YouTube Music for Offline Playback

Almost everyone has a streaming music subscription these days, whether youtube music, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited or whatever. And they all offer the ability to download music for offline play. But each service is a little different. So here we are going to show you how you can download YouTube Music for offline playback.

Why would I want to download music from YouTube Music?

You might be wondering why would I want to download music from YouTube Music? It’s a diffusion music service after all. Well, let’s say you’re on a long commute to work on the subway and there’s no internet access. Or you are traveling across the country or halfway around the world and need some entertainment. Or just want to keep some data if you don’t have an unlimited plan. All good and viable reasons to store music offline.

For my part, I usually download my SuperMix and the playlist that I play most of the time for offline playback. Just in case I run into a problem where I’m driving and losing Verizon signal, or I’m about to jump on a plane and forgot to download it ahead of time. It’s nice to have that fallback, just in case.

Keep in mind that to use offline playback for YouTube Music, you need to be a YouTube Music Premium subscriber (included with YouTube Premium). The free version of YouTube Music doesn’t offer offline playback – and probably never will. The difference between Premium and non-Premium is access to albums, live performances, music videos and remixes, as well as offline, ad-free playback and background listening. Well worth it for $9.99/month.

How to Download Music from YouTube Music

Downloading music from YouTube Music to play without an internet connection is quite simple. First, search for the song, playlist, album or artist you want to download. We’ll be using a playlist for this tutorial.

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Now, next to the album art, you will see a few different icons. The middle one is the download button. It looks like a down arrow hitting the ground.

And that’s all. Simply repeat the steps above to download additional music that you want to keep offline.

Enable Smart Downloads

Most smartphones these days have plenty of storage, but you still don’t want your library to take up all of your storage. Smart Downloads is here to help you. This is a really cool feature to have on YouTube Music. You can enable it in the settings:

No requirement for downloaded music

You can keep downloaded music on your smartphone for as long as you want. And you can upload as many songs as you want, unlike Spotify which limits you to 10,000 songs. Honestly, 10,000 is more than enough for most people.

The only requirement is that you keep your YouTube Music or YouTube Premium account activated. And you must connect to WiFi at least once every 30 days. Which shouldn’t be a problem for most people, because none of us can go a month without using the internet.

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