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Ultimate Guide to Download YouTube Music to Android/iOS Mobile Phone

You can directly download songs from YouTube Music to Android or iPhone mobile. Or you can also use NoteBurner YouTube Music Downloader to save YouTube songs to phone even without Premium.

An emerging music streaming platform, YouTube Music allows users to browse official songs or music videos based on various genres, playlists, and personalized recommendations. YouTube Music is integrated with YouTube's main app and website, and it's also available on its native YouTube Music Android/iOS app, and desktop browsers. Overall, it's an excellent music streaming platform for anyone looking for a new alternative. If you're fresh to YouTube Music, read on and learn about how to download YouTube Music songs for streaming offline on mobile phones.

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Part 1. Requirements to Download Songs from YouTube Music

To download songs on YouTube Music, you'll need a YouTube Music Premium ($9.99/Month) or YouTube Premium ($11.99/Month) account. And sadly, you can only download songs offline on the YouTube Music Android/iOS app. There's no desktop app for YouTube Music till now.

As a Premium subscriber of YouTube Music, you can download all your favorite YouTube playlists or albums for streaming at anytime even when you're not connected to the internet.

Tips: If you have a YouTube Music Free profile but still insist on downloading songs from YouTube Music, please go to Part 3 on this page directly.

Part 2. Download YouTube Music to Android/ iPhone Mobile

It's pretty easy to download songs from YouTube Music to mobile phone - you can either go to the playlist detail page and manually tap "Download", or simply enable the "Smart Download" or "Offline Mixtape" to let it automatically download the music tracks you may be interested in.

2.1 Manually Download YouTube Music on Android or iPhone Mobile

Step 1 Download and open YouTube Music app on your Android or iPhone.

Step 2 Search a specific song or playlist on YouTube Music, then tap the three-dot icon and tap the "Download" button.

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2.2 Automatic Download YouTube Music on Android or iPhone Mobile

Step 1 Tap your profile icon at the upper right corner, and tap "Download" and "Settings".

Step 2 In the setting list, you can turn on "Smart Download" on Android or "Download an offline mixtape" on iOS device.

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Now that you've figured out two ways to download YouTube Music tracks for offline streaming on Android or iOS device. But be awarded that your downloaded YouTube Music files are saved as hidden cache data, and you can only locate and listen to the YouTube Music offline content within its own app.

If you would like to extract actual audio files from YouTube Music to mobile phone, you'd better use the method below to download YouTube Music to computer then transfer them to phone for unlimited playback. The most important is, you can even download YouTube Music without Premium membership.

Part 3. Download YouTube Music to Phone without Premium

Only YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium users are able to download songs to listen offline. But nowadays, you can get help from NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter to download songs from YouTube Music Free account.

What's NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter? It's typically developed to download YouTube Music songs, playlists, or albums to Windows or Mac computer at up to 10X speed, while converting them to plain MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, or ALAC format. No matter you're a YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Music Free user, NoteBurner will support to retain 100% original sound quality for all your YouTube Music titles.

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Features of NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter:
  • Convert YouTube Music to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC.
  • Record songs from YouTube Music Free/Premium.
  • 10X faster speed & keep the original audio quality.
  • Support to retain ID3 meta tags.
  • No need to install any extra app.
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3.1 Download YouTube Music to Computer

NoteBurner YouTube Music Downloader works perfectly on Windows 7-11 and macOS 10.15-14. Follow the steps below to get YouTube Music tracks offline on computer.

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Step 1Download NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter


Step 2 Customize Output Settings

Go to the "Settings" window to choose output format, output quality, output path, etc.

select output setting

Step 3 Add YouTube Music Songs

Choose a YouTube Music playlist on NoteBurner and tap "Add", then select the YouTube Music title you want to move from computer to mobile phone.

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Step 4 Download YouTube Music Offline

Tap "Convert" to start downloading songs from YouTube Music Free or YouTube Music Premium.

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Once converted, the output folder will be opened automatically by default. Or you could go to the "Converted" list to locate your downloaded YouTube Music tracks.

3.2 Transfer YouTube Music Downloads to Android/ iPhone Mobile

After following the steps above, you should have successfully downloaded YouTube Music playlists to computer, you'll find that they're saved as regular music files.

Now, it's time to copy YouTube Music to your phone. For Android, just connect your Android phone to computer, then simply drag and drop the YouTube Music downloads to your mobile device. While for iPhone, you can directly upload YouTube Music to Apple Music (iTunes) library, then sync them to your iOS device.

Bottom Line

You can directly download YouTube Music for offline streaming on Android or iOS device, if you're a Premium listener. For YouTube Music Free user, NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter could help to export open-source music files from your favorite YouTube playlists. If you're also the one who prefers a freer way to enjoy YouTube Music, NoteBurner YouTube Music Downloader is a nice choice.

Note: The free trial version of NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter allows you to convert the first 1 minute of each song. You can buy the full version to unlock this limitation and enable all its features.