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How to save YouTube videos as MP3s on Android

Kris Carlon

You guys seemed to appreciate my tips for downloading YouTube videos on Android and PC a few weeks back so I thought I’d share another trick for downloading YouTube videos as MP3s. As with last time, this is just the way I do it – there are literally thousands of ways to do it, but this works for me. If you have some other great suggestions, please share them in the comments at the bottom!

Do you just want to save MP3's from YouTube? Here's how to do it. / © AndroidPIT

Saving a YouTube video as an MP3

I use an app called FullRip to convert and download YouTube videos to MP3. With FullRip you can either insert a YouTube URL or search from within the app for the video you want converted. Unfortunately you won’t get a preview of the results, but you can simply long-press on the result you’re after and hit Watch Video first to check it and then return to the app.

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FullRip is a no-fuss affair. Long-pressing results (right) brings up an action menu. / © AndroidPIT/FullRip

Long pressing gives you options to Watch Video, Download MP3 or Download Video. If you select Download MP3 you’ll be able to add your own tag information for the track. Then hit Rip It!

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Adding tags to the selected file (left) and the download manager/browser popup (right). / © AndroidPIT/FullRip

Wait for the browser popup (you just need to select an app to do the downloading, like Chrome or ES Explorer). Beware the carefully timed ad popup!

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Your YouTube video will download and convert into an MP3 file. / © AndroidPIT/FullRip

That’s it: your YouTube video will download as an MP3. Of course, you can also use FullRip to download videos and convert them to various formats along the way too.

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You can play your new MP3 back from within the app (left) and also convert video files too. / © AndroidPIT/FullRip

Converting a saved YouTube video

Maybe you already have a video saved on your smartphone (because you used FullRip or read my last tip!). Perhaps after watching it offline a few million times you are done watching the video but still want to keep the song? In that case, you can simply install an app called Video Converter MP3. It lets you locate any video file on your smartphone and convert it automatically to the MP3 format. 

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On the left we have a YouTube video I've already downloaded onto my smartphone. All I need to do is search for or browse to the video file on my phone. / © AndroidPIT/TMN

It’s as simple as searching for (or browsing to) the video you want to convert and hitting the Convert button. Simple. With this app you can convert a 25 MB video file into a 5 MB audio file.

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Navigate to the file, hit ''convert'' and that's it. Your saved YouTube video is now an MP3. / © AndroidPIT/TMN

I will of course remind you that downloading music from the internet is tremendously naughty and I do not encourage you to do it. Only download music or videos you have permission to download or have paid for. 

Do you save YouTube videos for offline viewing? How do you convert YouTube videos to MP3 format?

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