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How to Download YouTube Videos on Your iPhone, iPad, or Android Device

YouTube Logo on a Smartphone
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Downloading YouTube videos onto your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to watch later is a great way to pass the time if you don’t have Wi-Fi available. You won’t have to be bored during a long trip or if you’re visiting an area with limited data.

Although you do have to have YouTube Premium to officially download any content, it’s worth it to enjoy the videos anywhere. You also can’t download videos on the desktop website or any Smart TV, so this will only be on the official YouTube mobile app itself. For $12 a month, you can have ad-free videos that you can download and take with you on any mobile device.

How to Download YouTube Videos on Your Smartphone or Tablet

When you have a video showing on the YouTube home screen or a video that you have searched for, it’s simple to download. You will see the menu option, shown by three small dots in a column. This will be right next to the video title of the content you want to download.

YouTube Video Settings

When you select the icon, several options will appear in a pop-up menu. You will want to select “Download” to add it to your library.

YouTube Video Download

If you are already watching a video on YouTube and you want to download it to watch later, it’s just as easy. While the video is playing, you’ll see an option right under the title that says “Download”. Select that option, and it will be added to your device’s library.

YouTube Download Open Video

How to Find Downloaded Videos on Your Smartphone or Tablet

Now that you have a video or two downloaded, you will want to select the “Library” tab in the bottom-right corner.

YouTube Library

There will then be a “Downloads” option right below “History” where all your downloads are housed. Tap on “Downloads”.

YouTube Download Library

This will take you to the Downloads menu that shows all of the videos you have saved and can be watched offline. Tap on the video’s thumbnail to start playback.

YouTube Downloads Library

How to Remove Downloaded Videos From Your Smartphone or Tablet

Once you’ve watched a downloaded video, you may want to remove it so your iPhone, iPad, or Android device’s storage doesn’t get too full. From the home page of the YouTube app, select the “Library” tab in the bottom right-hand corner.

YouTube Library

Once that menu is pulled up, select the “Downloads” option.

YouTube Download Library

Select the three-dot menu icon that correlates with the video you want to delete from your handset.

YouTube Download Settings

Select the “Delete from Downloads” option.

YouTube Delete From Downloads

You should get a message at the bottom of the screen that says “Video deleted from downloads.” You can always hit the “Undo” option just in case you delete the wrong video.

YouTube Video Deleted Download


You have now successfully added or removed videos from your downloads and know exactly how to access them. This is incredibly useful if you have long plane rides, car rides, or you may be going to any area without Wi-Fi. You will be able to download tons of content to keep you entertained for hours.

Kennedy Maring Kennedy Maring
Kennedy is a cord-cutting writer who is all about helping others save money. She's been a professional writer for two years, with a year of experience devoted to cord-cutting coverage. Prior to that, she enjoyed writing during her two years at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where she majored in General Education.
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