In this tutorial, we’re going to show you 2 different approaches about how to download YouTube videos to your Android phone and iPhone for offline viewing, so that you can enjoy your favourite YouTube video, movie, TV shows and more contents on your mobile device at any time.

There are many cases you want to download videos from YouTube to your phone. Especially when you are in a poor network environment, the YouTube video you are watching is suddenly disconnected, or one day your favorite YouTube video suddenly disappears, and you did not have a backup, then you are very upset. In this article, we will teach you how to download and save YouTube videos to your iPhone or Android phone for offline viewing. From YouTube’s own subscription options to third-party applications, there are multiple ways to help you download YouTube videos to your phone. Let’s explore!

Download YouTube Videos to Mobile

Way 1. Download YouTube Videos on Mobile with YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium($11.99 per month) is a subscription service that allow subscribers to enjoy ad-free videos and download videos to their smartphone for offline viewing. Please follow the guide below to download YouTube videos on Android phone or iPhone using YouTube Premium.
Step 1. Open the YouTube app on your Android phone or iPhone and log in to your YouTube account. If you don’t have a YouTube premium account, you can click your profile photo in the upper right corner, and then select “Get YouTube Premium” to subscribe it.
Step 2. After successfully subscribing to YouTube Premium, open a video you want to download on YouTube.

Step 3. Click the “Download” icon below the video and select the video quality.

download YouTube video to phone with Premium

Step 4. After the download is complete, you will see a “Download” icon under the video player, and then you can find the downloaded video in the “Library” or “Account” tab.

view the downloaded YouTube video on Library

With YouTube Premium, you can download YouTube movies, music videos, TV shows and other content directly to your mobile phone, which will be saved as an EXO file. During the subscription period, you can watch downloaded YouTube videos offline on your phone at any time. However, once the subscription ends, the downloaded content will be invalid.

Do you want to permanently save your favorite YouTube videos in your phone? The best way is to use a professional YouTube video downloader, to save downloaded YouTube videos on your computer or phone forever. Please go to way 2.

Way 2. Download YouTube Videos as MP4 for Mobile via Third-party Tool

When it comes to download YouTube video to mobile phone, Online YouTube Downloader is your best choice. This perfect software is designed to download videos from YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Niconico, Facebook and other hot sites. With using it, you can easily download YouTube videos in MP4 format and save them to your computer. After that, you can transfer the MP4 files to your Android or iOS device for offline viewing.

Highlights of Online YouTube Downloader:

  • Stable, easy-to-use, supports English and Japanese.
  • Download videos from popular video-sharing websites.
  • Download movies, videos, playlists, channels from YouTube.
  • Download YouTube videos to computer without YouTube Premium.
  • Download YouTube videos as MP4 supported by Android or iPhone.
  • Download HD 1080p, 720P, 2K, 4K and 8K videos at 6X speed.
  • Download MP3 audios from YouTube, SoundCloud music videos.
  • Enjoy YouTube videos offline on Android phone or iPhone.

Guide: Download YouTube Videos as MP4 and Move to Mobile

Step 1. Copy and Paste YouTube Video URL
Download and install Online YouTube Downloader on your Windows or Mac computer. When you launch it, you can see the clean interface as below.

copy video link

Copy the YouTube video link in the browser and paste it into the blank bar of this software, then click “Analyze”.

paste youtube video link

Step 2. Choose Format and Quality
After that, it will show you a small window as below picture. Here you can choose the output format as MP4 and the resolution.

select format

Step 3. Download YouTube Video as MP4 for Mobile
Once you finish the settings above, you can simply click “Download” button to save YouTube video to your computer.

download youtube video to mp4

After that, you can check the downloaded MP4 files under “Finished” section, to open it, just click “Open folder”.

find downloaded youtube videos

Step 4. Transfer YouTube MP4 Videos to Android and iPhone
1)Transfer YouTube MP4 Videos to Android Phone
Connect your Android phone with computer using USB cable, then open the folder of your Android phone, and drag and drop the MP4 files to your Android phone.

2)Move YouTube MP4 Videos to iPhone
To transfer MP4 files to iPhone, first import the MP4 files into the iTunes library, click “File” menu and select “Add to Library”, then select the MP4 files. After that, connect the iPhone to iTunes, and directly synchronize the imported MP4 files.

Sync YouTube MP4 Videos to iPhone

For Mac computer users, another methods is that, you can enable AirDrop both on the desktop and in the iPhone’s Control Center, then click the AirDrop icon or drag and drop the video icon onto the AirDrop icon of your Mac, and the file will be sent directly to your Camera Roll of iPhone.

transfer YouTube video from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

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