Download music to listen to offline

If you're a YouTube Music Premium member, you can enjoy music offline by downloading your favorite songs and videos to your mobile device. This means you can keep listening to your favorite artists even if you're not connected to the internet or want to save on data. You'll need to reconnect to the internet at least once every 30 days to maintain your downloads.

Download music to listen offline with YouTube Music (Android)

There are two ways to download music to listen to offline:

  • Turn on smart downloads. The app will automatically download content for you based on your previous listening history - no action required for you!
  • Choose specific playlists, songs, or albums to download.

Learn more about YouTube Music Premium and how to start your free trial.

Turn on smart downloads

To make sure you always have music available–even on the go–turn on smart downloads on your mobile device:
  1. Open the YouTube Music app.
  2. Tap your profile photo.
  3. Tap Downloads .
  4. Tap Settings .
  5. Turn on "Smart downloads."

Once smart downloads are turned on, music will be automatically downloaded for you based on your listening history. You can view, pause, or delete your watch history to improve your recommendations and which music gets downloaded for you.

If you don't like a specific playlist or album in your downloads, you can also remove it by tapping Menu and then “Remove download ". When you remove a playlist or album, it won’t re-download to your smart downloads, but you may see it elsewhere in the YouTube Music app.

The music selection is refreshed every night when you're connected to Wi-Fi (or unrestricted mobile data, depending on your downloads settings) and have more than 40 percent battery charge. Music that is downloaded can be played for up to 30 days after you've disconnected from the internet. Note that when you reconnect to the internet, some content may no longer be available due to content changes or restrictions made by the video creator.

Download playlists and albums

Anywhere you see a playlist or album within the YouTube Music app, tap Menu and select Download. You can also click the download arrow on the album or playlist details page.

Download songs

You can download individual songs from the watch page, by tapping on the cover art of any song and then tapping Download  or by tapping Menu  and then tapping Download .

Download storage space

The number of songs you can download depends on how much free space is available on your device. It's also impacted by the length and quality of the audio or video files that you wish to save.

You can limit the number of songs for your smart downloads and choose between audio or video downloading by tapping your profile photo and then Settings and then Library & downloads.

Choose which connection types to use for downloads

You can choose which types of connection should be used to download songs in the YouTube Music app. For example, you can specify that songs should only be downloaded on Wi-Fi.

Some mobile network carriers provide access to unrestricted mobile data, which is data that does not count towards any quotas or limits. If you’re using one of those carriers, you may see an option to download on “Wi-Fi and unrestricted mobile data.” Selecting this option will allow songs to be downloaded and smart-downloaded when your device has a Wi-Fi connection or is on an unrestricted mobile data connection.

Unrestricted mobile data is only available on Android version R or newer. It’s limited to participating mobile carriers (currently Verizon and AT&T) in the United States, where access may be limited to 5G.

To adjust your settings:

  1. Open the YouTube Music app.
  2. Tap your profile photo.
  3. Tap Settings .
  4. Tap Library & downloads.
  5. Tap Download connection.
  6. Select which connection type(s) to allow downloads on.
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