How to Find Your Downloaded YouTube Music

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July 22, 2024

With a paid subscription (YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium), you can download playlists, songs, or albums from YouTube Music on your mobile devices including Android/iOS phones and tablets. However, when switching to a new phone or tablet, you might wonder if YouTube Music downloaded content transfers. Unfortunately, YouTube Music downloads are encrypted and device-specific; you cannot move the downloaded files to other devices or apps. But don’t worry. Here’s a workaround to enjoy downloaded YouTube Music on any supported device, even with a free account.

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Where Are YouTube Music Download Stored

On Android

Although YouTube Music downloads are encrypted and can’t be played with a regular file manager app, you can still locate where they’re stored. On most Android devices, they’re stored within the app’s internal storage directory. The exact path may vary depending on your device and Android version, but it could be something like:

Android/data/com.google.android.apps.youtube.music/files/music/

Download-Location-Android

Related: How to Download YouTube Music Songs to SD Card

On iOS

Unlike Android, YouTube Music downloads on iPhone are stored in an encrypted format that’s not directly accessible through the device’s file manager. You’ll have to access your YouTube Music downloads through the app:

  1. Open the YouTube Music app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your profile photo from the top right.
  3. Select “Downloads” from the menu. All your downloaded playlists, albums, and songs will be displayed.

YouTube-Music-Downloads

Can You Move Downloaded YouTube Music

Premium users can download YouTube Music for offline playback, but these downloads are encrypted and can’t be played on other apps or devices. You can’t play them outside the YouTube Music app, and transferring them to other devices won’t make them playable. if you switch phones, you’ll need to download your music again.

How to Download YouTube Music for Any Device

While YouTube Music downloads aren’t transferable, Pazu YouTube Music Converter provides an alternative solution for accessing offline music across devices, even with a Free YouTube Music account. This software is designed for both Free and Premium users to download YouTube Music songs, albums, playlists, and podcasts on Mac and Windows. Unlike YouTube Music’s own downloads, Pazu converts the music into formats like MP3, M4A, and WAV, allowing you to transfer and play them on any compatible device. It also features a built-in web player for YouTube Music, eliminating the need to copy and paste URLs. You can directly search for music within Pazu and download it in high quality with complete ID3 tags.

Here are the detailed steps for downloading YouTube Music to MP3 with Pazu YouTube Music Converter.

1. Run Pazu YouTube Music Converter 

To get started, download, install and run Pazu YouTube Music Converter on your Mac or Windows, which features a built-in YouTube Music web player.

Launch the YouTube Music to MP3 Converter. If you have already purchased a license, click the key icon to register the converter. Otherwise, continue using the trial version.

You don’t need to sign in to your YouTube Music account.

YouTube Music Converter

2. Customize the Output Settings

Click Settings (the gear icon) in the upper right corner and set the output format to MP3. You can also customize the output quality, folder, file name, language, and more for your downloaded music files.

output settings

3. Add Songs to Download

Browse or use the search function to find the songs, albums, or playlists you want to convert to MP3, then click the red Add to List icon to load the songs.

choose YouTube Music playlists

All songs in the playlist/album will be selected by default. You can uncheck the songs you don’t want to download.

choose YouTube Music songs

4. Download YouTube Music to MP3

Click the Convert button and the program starts converting the YouTube Music songs.

convert YouTube Music to MP3

5. Locate the Converted Songs

After the conversion is complete, click on the clock icon in the upper right corner to access the converted YouTube Music songs. To locate the the converted YouTube Music songs:

  • You can either click the folder icon to open the output folder where the songs are saved;
    or
  • Directly go to the output folder you customized in the previous step.
YouTube Music to MP3 converter