Down­load YouTube video to a phone

Want to watch YouTube videos with­out an In­ter­net con­nec­tion on your An­droid phone or tablet? MARIE BLACK shows how

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Watch­ing YouTube video is one of our favourite pas­times on an An­droid phone or tablet, but do­ing so out of range of a Wi-Fi hotspot can place a heavy bur­den on a mo­bile data con­nec­tion. Thank­fully, you can use an app such as Tube­mate to down­load YouTube videos for off­line watch­ing.

Be­cause Google doesn’t ap­prove of you by­pass­ing its plat­form for watch­ing video (also see is it le­gal to down­load YouTube video?), you won’t find Tube­mate in Google Play. Nev­er­the­less, it’s a free app that we will show you how to side­load on your phone or tablet.

In pub­lish­ing this tu­to­rial we do not ad­vo­cate the down­load­ing of copy­righted videos from YouTube, and in our ex­am­ples (see tinyurl.com/y8o5braa) we are us­ing only video from our own YouTube chan­nel.

Tube­mate app

First, open the Set­tings menu on your An­droid phone or tablet and go to Se­cu­rity, then en­able Un­known sources. This will al­low you to in­stall apps from out­side Google Play; that it is dis­abled by de­fault is to pro­tect you, so we rec­om­mend dis­abling that tog­gle once you have in­stalled Tube­mate

Now open your web browser and head to tube­mate.net. You want to in­stall the lat­est ver­sion of the app (cur­rently 2.4) from one of the ver­i­fied sites listed here. This is be­cause in down­load­ing apps from out­side Google Play you risk po­ten­tially down­load­ing some­thing ma­li­cious that is mas­querad­ing as a gen­uine app

Also note that be­cause you are side­load­ing the app it won’t be au­to­mat­i­cally up­dated along with the other apps on your phone when a new ver­sion is re­leased. So if Tube­mate ever stops work­ing for you, re­turn here and in­stall the up­date if one is avail­able.

We’ve cho­sen An­droid Free­ware. Click on the link, then press the blue In­stall app but­ton. You’ll be warned that this type of file can harm your de­vice,

but go ahead and press OK any­way. Once the file has down­loaded you’ll see a no­ti­fi­ca­tion in the drop-down bar at the top of the screen. Tap on this no­ti­fi­ca­tion and your de­vice should open the Down­loads folder on your de­vice

Tap on the down­load listed youtube-tube­mate.7.07. apk and choose In­stall when prompted. Click Open when the down­load com­pletes and agree to the T&Cs

You can ei­ther use Tube­mate to down­load YouTube videos from di­rectly within the app, or you can do so within the YouTube app it­self. To down­load a video from the YouTube app, launch the video, then tap Share and choose Tube­mate. You’ll be prompted to choose a res­o­lu­tion, then tap the green down­load but­ton

Al­ter­na­tively, open the Tube­mate app and use the search func­tion to find a video. To down­load the video just press the green ar­row at the top of the screen, choose a res­o­lu­tion and again tap the green down­load icon

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