Are you looking to download YouTube videos on your Android phone? TubeMate for Android is the ultimate solution. Read the guide below and you will learn how to download YouTube videos using TubeMate.
Many of you wish YouTube just had a ‘download’ button. But it doesn’t go like that.
YouTube wants you to pay for offline videos. So, a lot of people would buy YouTube premium membership to save videos on their Android devices. But there is a trick up our sleeves that you can also try.
Use TubeMate and download YouTube videos free of cost. This app is totally free for personal use.
Before you download TubeMate and start developing your video collection, let’s spend a few minutes to see why this app is the ultimate video downloader for Android phones.
Why download TubeMate for Android
Tubemate is among the best downloader apps for Android. Below are some of the best features of this app.
- Search videos on YouTube and other video websites using built-in search feature
- Download videos in different sizes ranging from 144p to 1080p
- Save videos in different formats such as MP4 and 3GP
- Extract audio (MP3) from any YouTube video
- Browse and organize offline and online videos
- Play videos using TubeMate player
- Share videos with your friends and on social media
How to download and install TubeMate
Downloading TubeMate is easy. It takes only a few steps to get up and running with this app.
Once you have downloaded and installed this app, you will be able to download any YouTube video that you desire. You will also be able to organize these videos on your phone storage using this app.
Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Enable installation from ‘Unknown Sources’ on your Android phone
The first step to download TubeMate for Android is to enable ‘Unknown Sources’ on your phone. The reason for changing this setting is that you have to install this app from an APK as you won’t find it in Play Store.
Your only option is to use the official APK and install it manually on your Android phone.
Before you download and install the APK file, you need to open Settings on your phone. From there, go to Security and scroll down to locate ‘Unknown Sources’. You will see a checkmark next to it that should be checked in order to install any external app.
Step 2: Download TubeMate APK file and install it
Now it’s time to download the APK file. Visit this link and download the file from here.
Save it on your device.
Once downloaded, locate the file on your device using the built-in File Manager app. Tap on the APK file and follow the on-screen prompts to install the application.
Remember, you will be required to grant permission to the TubeMate app in order to install.
Step 3: Run TubeMate and explore videos
Now that you have installed TubeMate, it’s time to start using it.
Begin by finding the app icon in your Android app menu. Tap on the icon.
Once the app loads, you will be able to see its home that displays latest videos. Run any video or use the search feature to find a particular video that you want to download.
When the video starts playing, a ‘green’ download button will highlight. Press this button to download this video to your mobile device.
When you press the download button, you will be presented with some options. From this screen, you will be able to select video resolution as well as video format.
Your desired YouTube video will download to your phone immediately. You can see download status by pulling down the notification bar at top of your device.
Amazing feature: You can download multiple videos simultaneously using this application.
Once downloaded, you can convert your videos to different formats. You can also play videos in the player and organize them according to your preferences.
See the image below for different formats available on this app.
Step 4: Change download folder for TubeMate
Once you understand how to download YouTube videos using TubeMate, you may want to change your download folder. Sometimes, you want to move it to external memory so that you can save space on your device.
To change the download folder, click Preferences from top bar menu in TubeMate app. On the next screen, scroll down until you see an option titled “Storage”. Under this option, you will see options to set ‘folder for video’ and ‘folder for music’. The music folder will have your MP3 files (audio files) while the other folder will have your video files.
To change the folders, simply tap on a folder and navigate to the folder that you want to set as default. Once done, exit Preferences by pressing OK button.
See the image below for if you can’t find the option.
Download a video again. Open the folder that you just assigned and you will see the video there.
Tubemate Alternatives – What if this app doesn’t work for you?
Sometimes, TubeMate may not work on your device. There are different reasons for this but if you are not in mood to run a diagnostic test, you can simply try some TubeMate alternatives.
Here are some options.
SnapTube – The best TubeMate alternative
SnapTube is similar to TubeMate. It allows you to play and download videos from YouTube and other websites.
With SnapTube, you can also organize your videos and play offline videos on your Android device. After selecting a video to download, you can easily convert its format and choose between different video resolutions.
SnapTube is available for Android and iPhone.
OG YouTube – Another useful Android app for downloading videos from YouTube
OG YouTube is yet another alternative app that can work just like SnapTube and TubeMate. You can use this app to download any video you want from YouTube.
OG YouTube app provides the search feature. You can find your desired videos from YouTube using this app. Alternatively, you can download the latest videos that you see on the app homepage.
Just like the other apps in this article, OG YouTube also allows you to select video resolution and format of your choice. You can also choose to download the audio-only file.