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6/28/19
Introducing a smarter way to download YouTube music offline – smart downloads! 0 Recommended Answers 26 Replies 718 Upvotes
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If you're a YouTube Music Premium member, you can enjoy music offline by downloading your favorite songs, playlists, or albums 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.

Today, we’re excited to share a new way to download YouTube music that will save you time and data – smart downloads. When you enable smart downloads, the YouTube Music app will automatically download up to 500 songs that you’ll be able to listen to anywhere — whether or not you’ve got a data connection. This feature is available on the YouTube Music app for Android with plans to bring it to iOS in the future.

How it works:

  • Turn on this feature in the YouTube Music App under Settings > Downloads > toggle "Smart downloads". Here you can also select how much storage you want to use.

  • Once enabled, every night when you’re on Wi-Fi, we’ll automatically download your favorite music – songs, albums and playlists – based on your previous listening history. This way, you’ll always have something to listen to, no matter your connectivity! Just pick the number of songs and we’ll do the rest.

  • Note: Smart downloads works in addition to music you’ve already selected to download, so turning on this feature will not remove any of your already downloaded content!

Hope you enjoy the feature and feel free to drop comments and questions below!

Happy downloading, 
– Jordan (TeamYouTube)
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6/28/19
All of my downloaded songs & albums still WON'T PLAY when I'm out if wifi? The only songs that work offline is my offline mixtape. I've read other people saying the same thing, is there a way to fix this? I want to be able to listen to all of my music wherever I go! Hope to hear a reply, thanks!!
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6/28/19
Please can the Liked Sings it downloads be random, instead of just the most recent 25? Or at least have the ability to choose whether you want most recent/random. For me it should be random.
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7/4/19
Eu quero gravar ao vivo
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7/8/19
All my downloaded songs have disappeared couple of days ago. Can you please assist?
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7/10/19
Short version: "offline mixtape" is gone, "smart downloads" set to 500 songs but shows only 25 in "Songs that I like" .... YT music experience broken :(

This is broken big time. "Smart Downloads" replaced the offline mixtape. It now downloads complete albums of artists where it thinks I like'em. Nice, but why would I need this? I do not see the "offline mixtape" anymore, instead I've got a 25-song long Playlist "Songs that I like", and I cannot change it's configuration. Now, I've been setting up an offline mixtape for 100 songs for my sport activities. In articles it's being told that the offline mixtape will still be available but I am unable to find it. Please advice.
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7/10/19
same issues as others. offline mixtape is gone... given 25 most recent liked songs, and some random playlists of albums I don't want to listen to on their own (and once again only 25 of each, at max (most are smaller albums)) nowhere near the 300 songs I've asked for.

Is there at least a way to play ALL downloaded music as one shuffled list, rather than being limited to all these little single albums?

I pretty much live off the mixtapes... normally...
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7/11/19
To fix the totally broken "Smart Download", I clicked the download button on "Songs that I like". It then downloads the complete set of songs that I liked to the phone. This way at least I can listen music for a long time and I can enable true randomization (the google ai is incredibly bad at mixing those automated playlists because it only takes into account what I liked during the last two months or so, this has been reported numerous times but it seems like no one cares).

Does anyone at google use YTM in real life? Please fix the issues asap, it's very sad because YTM has so much potential.
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7/11/19
Ok. I now have the offline mixtape. It did the download over night, which is not wrong. The user should be able to enforce the creation of the offline mixtape at any time, especially when smart download is enabled.
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7/29/19
Been a YouTube music user since YouTube red and music was a combo and will be canceling my subscription, went to hike yesterday and had no music, tried every troubleshooting step listed and still no downloads, what a disaster and disappointing turn of greed....
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9/13/19
How can I enable 'Smart Downloads' to only download overnight? It keeps downloading any time it enters a Wi-Fi  spot, which is infuriating because I can't access and listen while it's downloading.
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