Subscribers to YouTube Music Premium can download songs, playlists, and albums to listen to later. This can be done manually or automatically.
If you have a Premium subscription to YouTube Music, you can download songs and playlists to listen to offline. Subscriptions for videos and music are available separately on YouTube. YouTube Music Premium is available with a YouTube Premium subscription, but not the other way around. The former is more of an all-in-one membership that includes video and music perks, whilst the latter is a music streaming subscription that competes with Spotify and Apple Music.
Both memberships provide users access to a variety of features, including the ability to listen to ad-free music, play music in the background while using other apps on a phone, listen to music without loading a video, cast music to a speaker or smart display, and save music for offline use. Individual subscriptions to YouTube Music Premium cost $9.99 per month, while family plans cost $14.99 per month.
Users of YouTube Songs Premium have two options for downloading music for offline listening. The first requires consumers to enable smart downloads, while the second requires them to download a song or playlist manually. Smart downloads download music automatically based on the user's previous listening history. On Android, launch the YouTube Music app and tap the profile photo in the top right corner to enable this. Then tap the Downloads button, followed by the Settings (gear) icon. Toggle on the Smart downloads toggle.
By pressing the three-dot Menu button and then tapping Remove download, users can remove a specific album or playlist from smart downloads. On Android, hit the Menu button, then Download to manually download a song, playlist, or album. Alternatively, on an album or playlist information page, or on the cover art of a specific track, click the download arrow.
On The iPhone, Enable Offline Playback
Subscribers to YouTube Music Premium on iPhone or iPad can enable offline mixtapes, which are similar to smart downloads. Open the YouTube Music app and tap on the profile image to enable offline mixtape. Then tap the Downloads button, followed by the Settings icon. Toggle on the Download an offline mixtape option. Offline mixtape, like smart downloads, downloads music depending on the user's listening history.
Swiping to the left on an iPhone removes a song from an offline mixtape. On the YouTube Music iPhone app, tap the Menu button, then Download to download a song or playlist. iPhone users can download music by tapping on the download arrow on a song's cover art, an album's detail page, or a playlist's detail page, just as they do on the Android app.
YouTube Music updates offline mixtape/smart downloads every night, whether you're using an iPhone or an Android phone, as long as the phone is connected to Wi-Fi and has more than 40% battery left. If mobile data is enabled in the download options, it can also do this. Music can be listened to without an internet connection for up to 30 days after it has been downloaded. Manually downloaded songs, playlists, and albums can be listened to offline for 30 days.
Although, to keep these, users would need to reconnect to the internet at least once a month. The quantity of storage available on a device affects offline downloading. YouTube Music users can limit the number of songs that are automatically downloaded and pick between audio and video downloads by going to Settings and then tapping on Offline settings.