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 will need to reconnect to the internet at least once every 30 days to maintain your downloads. 

How to download songs to listen offline with YouTube Music | YouTube Premium benefit

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. Toggle 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 the Menu and then “Remove download." When you remove a playlist or album, it won’t be re-added to your smart downloads, but you may still see it elsewhere in the YouTube Music app.

The music selection is refreshed every night when you're connected to Wi-Fi 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 Menu in search results, or by swiping left on a song in your queue.

Download storage space

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

You can limit the number of song for your smart downloads and choose between audio or video downloading by tapping your profile photo > Settings > Offline settings.

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