Though YouTube Music is renowned for its powerful online streaming music experience, there are always scenarios where you may find yourself unable to access beautiful melodies, such as being on long-distance travels, or in areas with poor network connections. Therefore, it's important to learn how to download songs from YouTube for offline listening.

In such cases, this article will teach you how to listen to YouTube Music offline, including an additional tool to help you achieve this for free without a premium subscription.


Can You Download and Listen to YouTube Music Offline Without Premium?

YES, you can. Although YouTube does not provide free users with the "Offline" feature, you can get help from desktop or online downloaders for help to get your YouTube Music songs for offline listening. But if you've already paid for YouTube Music plans, it has provided download features on its mobile app, so you can simply download YouTube Music on Android or other phones to listen offline.

In case you are not familiar with YouTube Music's plans and prices, we list them in the following table for you to check that the plan you are subscribing to the plan that is allowed to use the download function.

Methods YouTube Music Free YouTube Music Premium YouTube Premium
Download Feature
Ads-Free Supported
Offline Quality Do not support Up to 256 kbps Up to 256 kbps
Price Free Start from $10.99⁠/⁠month Start from $13.99⁠/⁠month

So, if the plan you choose is the "Free" plan but you still want to download YouTube Music for offline playback, just try the method introduced in the next part to download songs from YouTube Music to listen offline for free without Premium!

How to Download Songs from YouTube Without Premium

Since YouTube Music only offers the music download feature for its app on mobile phones, you will need help from third-party software to get YouTube Music available for your Windows laptop or MacBook/iMac.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter is the one you should not miss. It has an in-built YouTube Music web player, and you can simply log into your YouTube Free account to access the whole music library with it. Also, it can help you easily download YouTube Music to MP3, M4A, WAV, or FLAC for free without Premium. The downloads will be preserved with original quality, making the offline playback experiences easy and enjoyable.

Key Features:

● Offers download features even without account sign-in or a YouTube Premium subscription.
● Supports up to 10X faster speed to batch download YouTube Music with just a second.
● Provides widely-used formats like MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC to save YouTube Music songs.
● Even supports downloading YouTube Music videos with original video quality in MP4 format.
● Keeps original quality and makes sure the best YouTube Music playback experience offline.
● Saves all ID3 tags and metadata info for easier management of YouTube Music downloads.

Next, you will learn how easy it would be to download YouTube Music to MP3 and listen to YouTube Music offline on computers without YouTube Premium needed at all.

Step 1. Open TuneFab YouTube Music Web Player

When you have installed TuneFab YouTube Music Converter on your computer, open the software and then enter the in-built YouTube Music Web Player. You can sign in to your YouTube Music account and find your own playlists or saved songs to download. If you don't want to use your account at all, TuneFab YouTube Music Converter also works to help without account login at all.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter Sign in

Step 2. Add YouTube Songs or Playlists to Download

So now, you can directly use the search function provided on YouTube Music Web Player and find any music resource you want to download to listen offline. When you access them, directly drag them to the "+" button to add them to the "Converting" list.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter Add YouTube Music Songs

Step 3. Choose Format and Video/Audio Quality

When you have selected the songs wanting to download, now just choose an output format from the "Convert all files to" menu in the top-right corner.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter Choose Format

If you need to select the quality for the YouTube Music video or audio, just go to the "Preferences" setting window and then choose the option you like for both "Video quality" and "Audio quality".

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter Choose Quality

Step 4. Download YouTube Music Songs for Offline Listening

Finally, just click the "Convert All" button to start downloading YouTube Music songs on the computer to enjoy offline. When they finish, you can find the songs under the location you choose.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter Download YouTube Music Offline

After that, you can easily upload all the music downloads to your YouTube Music library to listen offline without Premium, or use any installed media player to play them without ad interruptions.

How to Download and Listen to YouTube Music Offline with Premium

When YouTube has provided a music download function for premium subscribers to enjoy the songs by downloading them offline within the YouTube Music app. The most direct way for you to listen to YouTube Music offline can surely be using this official method - install the YouTube Music app on mobile phones and then subscribe to YouTube Premium to get the music download feature.

If you consider it more convenient to process YouTube Music download through the official app, just check the tutorial below to download music from YouTube to iPhone or Android to listen to offline.

Tip: Because the YouTube Music app is only provided for mobile devices, if you are seeking a way to download YouTube Music to computer, you'll need a professional desktop program like TubeFab YouTube Music Converter for help.

Step 1. Firstly, you need to go to the App Store (on iOS devices) or Google Play Store (on Android devices) to search and install the YouTube Music app.

Step 2. Open the app, and log into your account with the YouTube Premium plan subscribed. If not, you can't use the music download function within the app at all.

Step 3. Now, you can directly search for any song or playlist you want and download it by clicking "Download". You can check them later in your offline library to listen to.

YouTube Music App Download Songs

FAQs on YouTube Music Offline Listening

How to Download Songs from YouTube Without Premium on Phone?

As YouTube Music Official doesn't allow non-premium users to listen to music offline, you'll need to get help from a music downloader to download songs from YouTube for offline playback on your mobile phone.

Y2mate is a workable online tool to help you with it. You just need to copy the URL of your desired song from the YouTube Music app or web player, visit Y2mate's website on your Android/iPhone, and paste the URL on its search bar. After that, it will fetch the data and provide you with the download link. Then, you can download the songs from YouTube, save them on your phone, and listen to them offline without Premium.

Use Y2mate to Download YouTube Music Online

Can I Listen to YouTube Music with Screen Off?

If you are a YouTube Premium subscriber, you can surely listen to YouTube Music with the screen off or switch to other apps. Also, this feature only works in the Google Chrome browser on iPhone (both Google Chrome and Firefox on Android). If you use Safari, Firefox, or other browsers, you can't enjoy the music playback in the background at all.

Is Mixtape Offline Gone? Can I Bring It Back?

Unfortunately, YouTube Music has replaced the Mixtape Offline feature with "Smart downloads", which can help you smartly download up to 500 songs automatically based on your previous listening history (for sure that the download will be processed when your devices are connected with Wifi).


If you want to download YouTube Music to listen offline, you can choose to use both the official or a third-party tool to process music download conveniently. Between them, TuneFab YouTube Music Converter offers a more convenient offline music playback experience, since it enables you to download songs from YouTube as common music files without quality loss for free offline listening.

So if you are considering saving YouTube Music songs to listen offline without Premium, hit the button below, download this powerful tool, and get started!

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