If you purchase YouTube Music Premium, you can download music from YouTube on your phone. However, sometimes there is no sufficient internal memory left on our phones to store downloaded songs, so you may want to download your music into SD cards. How can you do this to release the storage of your phones? This article will be a clear guide for you with your problems.


YouTube Music Download to SD Card: Restrictions from Devices & the Premium

The most common way for you to do so is to set the saved downloads as an SD card on the official app of YouTube Music. This way is pretty easy to handle, but unfortunately, it is not the best way, for 3 reasons.

1. Subscriptions of YouTube Premium are required. The YouTube Music downloaded to the SD card will be invalid after the subscription is canceled.
2. The YouTube Music is downloaded to the SD card on the mobile phone. If the SD card is reinserted to another device, the songs can not be played offline. The downloaded YouTube Music can only be played on your own devices and on the YouTube Music official app.
3. Downloaded music is only cached data, not the real files that you know, which can not be found in actual folders.

Changing the default download location of the YouTube Music App to SD cards can be easy and straightforward following the steps below.

Step 1: Run the YouTube Music official app, and press the upper right button for "settings".

Step 2: Swipe and tap the "library & downloads".

Step 3: Press the "use SD card" button.

Set on YouTube Music Official App to Download Files to SD Cards

Is there any way to solve the problems? Sure. Now, we are going to introduce you to an amazing tool that can totally satisfy your needs, which is, the TuneFab YouTube Music Converter.

How to Download Music from YouTube to SD Card in MP3 Format with a Third-Party Music Converter

Different from other apps, TuneFab YouTube Music Converter is a PC application that can completely satisfy your needs. It can work on both Windows and MacOS systems to easily download your favorite music, playlist, and even a whole album from YouTube Music. It removes DRM restrictions on music and offers you common formats options that are compatible with SD cards and MP3 players if you need to.

What's more, TuneFab YouTube Music Converter also has these powerful advantages:

1. It has a built-in YouTube Music web player for you to directly access the homepage of YouTube Music, search, and listen to music without logging in.
2. If the song has MV, you can even download the MV simultaneously when downloading the music audio.
3. Its speed of converting is faster than other third-party tools, while preserving their original audio quality.

Before you decide to purchase, you can use the free version without any other limits for 30 days, which allows you to download and convert the first 3 minutes of each song.

Only a few steps are required to get your things done. Let's see how it works.

Step 1: Install TuneFab YouTube Music Converter on Windows or MacOS. Run it, and go to the home page. You don't need to log in or sign in before starting.

Main Interface of TuneFab YouTube Music Converter

Step 2: Now, easily set your preferred settings. Click "Preferences", and you can see a list of information that you may need. In the "General" Tab, you can choose whether to download the YouTube Music MV at the same time, and where to put your converted files.

General Settings of TuneFab YouTube Music Converter

In the "Advanced" tab, you can further customize the video or audio quality as you need.

Advanced Settings of TuneFab YouTube Music Converter

Step 3: Browse the pages on YouTube Music. Choose the songs or playlists that you like. For single songs, click it and drag it to the red function bar on the right to start downloading.

Drag to Download A Song

If you want to download the whole playlist or album, just enter their pages, and click the red function bar with the "plus" button. For easier steps, you can also click any song from the list, and drag it to the red function bar to start.

Drag to Download A Playlist or Album

Step 4: After the steps above, you can still change all songs' formats including MP3, WAV, etc. on the downloading page, or do it separately. Once you are satisfied with all the selections, just click "Convert All" in the lower-right corner to start, or do it separately again by clicking "Convert" on the right side of each song.

Note: SD-Audio supports the widely used AAC, HE-AAC, WMA, and MP3 formats, which means that it's compatible with most of the formats that we have access to. Please check your SD cards' introduction before the work.

Convert and Output Files

Step 5: Click on the "Finished" screen after the download process is done, and you can find the list of music you converted. Click on "View Output File" to see where the file was exported.

View Output File

Note: TuneFab newly launched an all-in-one music converter . With one simple tool, you are able to download music from 6 music streaming services (i.e. YouTube Music, Apple Music, Spotify) and convert them to drm-free MP3/WAV/M4A/FLAC. Feel free to try it out!

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How to Transfer YouTube Music to SD Card from PC

First of all, you should check your PC to make sure that it has a built-in card reader, because, for some Mac laptops, you may need an extra tool (usually NTFS) to connect your SD card to your PC to read it.

Step 1: Insert the SD card into the memory card slot.

Step 2: Push in the memory card until you hear a clicking sound.

Step 3: Save, move, or delete data on it.

Note: Memory card slots are used primarily to add digital storage to a phone, by inserting a small plastic rectangle containing memory chips that can store files long-term. There are several different sizes and types of cards. The most common type of memory card in phones so far is microSD.

For Windows:

You can go to "My PC" and check your SD card folder. Open it, and copy and paste your YouTube Music files into the SD card folder.

Transfer Music to SD Card on Windows

For MacOS:

You can go to the "Finder" program on your Mac, and transfer your desired YouTube Music files to your SD card. Hit the "Eject" button before unplugging your SD card from your Mac.

Transfer Music to SD Card on MacOS

FAQs about Downloading Music from YouTube to SD Card

How to Move Downloaded Music from Internal Memory to SD cards?

In fact, the downloaded files stored in Android phones' internal memory are caches, not playable audio files. In this case, even if you transfer the cache files to SD cards, they may not be recognized by some music player apps. Therefore, these downloads turn out to be unplayable files and occupy much space on your device. so you can't transfer it directly. Instead, you have to delete it, modify the settings, save it to an SD card, and then download it again, like what I just showed you before.

Why Is There No Option to Download Music to SD Card from YouTube?

Because sometimes YouTube Music may ignore your inserted devices for unknown reasons. Once you meet this problem, try the following steps to see if it works:

Step 1: Open the YouTube app, press Settings -> Storage -> SD Card -> Three dots above -> Transfer to SD Card.

Step 2: There was a prompt saying that this would transfer files, apps and that it would take X minutes to complete. Click "okay".

Step 3: After that, Youtube Music started recognizing the SD card.


All in all, we have summarized the methods for downloading YouTube music and transferring them to SD cards, including the official way, and the way with TuneFab YouTube Music Converter. Both methods are very useful, but we still highly recommend TuneFab YouTube Music Converter to you, for less time-wasted and easier steps to go through. Press the button below to download this app and start your work. You will not regret it.

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