For people without a subscription to popular music streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify, it’s a good idea to listen to music on YouTube. It’s totally free! But there will be times when you really want to download music from YouTube to your iPhone.
Unfortunately, the site itself won’t let you download any content to your iOS device. This is due to copyright reasons.
Even if you get permission from the creator, there will not be any visible “Download” button for you to proceed. That being said, downloading music from YouTube is not impossible; you just have to find the right way to do it.
Before you jump the gun, read YouTube’s Terms of Services first.
In this article, I’ll be showing you multiples ways on how to save YouTube videos as MP3 on your iPhone.
APP STORE METHOD
The first method will always be the easiest and most convenient. As the title suggested, we found a handy app from the App Store that allows you to download videos from YouTube and convert it to an MP3 file.
DOWNLOAD YOUTUBE MUSIC TO IPHONE WITH THE DOCUMENTS APP
Step 1: Go to the App Store and install an app called Documents by Readdle.
Step 2: Open your YouTube app and tap on a video you wish to download. Now, select Share and tap “Copy Link.”
Step 3: Launch the Documents app you installed earlier and open its built-in browser. Paste the following URL: flvto.biz/youtube-to-mp3/ (direct link) and hit enter.
Step 4: Paste the YouTube link from Step 2 into the field provided. Then, tap Convert to MP3.
Step 5: The FLVTO Converter will give you a downloadable link to your MP3 file. It can take a while to convert, depending on the size of your YouTube video. A progress bar will also be displayed to keep you in the loop.
Step 6: When done, you should see a big orange “Download” button. Click on it, and a Save File page will appear. You have the option to title your new MP3 file and where you want to save it. The default location is Documents/Downloads.
Step 7: Tap Save when you’re done. Go back to the homepage of your Documents app and tap on the Downloads folder. You should see the music on YouTube.
Since the music video has been converted to MP3, you can listen to it even when you lock your iPhone or use another app. Repeat the same steps for other music from YouTube.
YouTube++ is a modified version of the YouTube app for iPhone that lets you save videos and songs to your iOS device. Compared to the previous application, this one is easier to use since you will be using the same YouTube app but with a built-in Download button.
The installation may be a bit difficult for beginners. It requires a computer (you can use a Mac or Windows, doesn’t matter).
HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL YOUTUBE++ FOR IOS 11
Step #1: On your computer, click here to download the YouTube++ IPA file.
Step #2: You will also need to download a tool called Cydia Impactor. Find the link and its instructions from this page.
Step #3: Delete the official YouTube app if you still have it. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer.
Step #4: Open Cydia Impactor, find the IPA file from Step 1 and Drag & Drop it to the software.
Step #5: You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. The impactor will start installing YouTube++.
Step #6: From your iPhone, open the Settings app > go to General > Profile or Device Management > Tap on the email you entered earlier and tap Trust. (learn why here)
Step #7: Go back to your home screen and tap on the new YouTube++ app.
Noticed how it looks exactly like the old app? That’s because it is. Only some modifications were added to it. From now on, you will be able to download any videos from YouTube directly within this app. The file will then be saved into the “Downloads” folder or your Camera Roll.
Besides helping you convert YouTube to MP3 directly on your iPhone, this app also provides additional features such as ad-free experience, background playback without YouTube Red, and more.
These two are the easiest methods to help you download music from YouTube on iOS. The last resort in case both of the methods above fails would be using a web-based service like FLVTO to convert YouTube to MP3 and then import the file into your iPhone. It is more time consuming but proven to work like a charm.
One last note to users running iOS 11, you got nothing to worry about. The Documents app and YouTube++ are compatible with your version. No jailbreak is needed.
This app is compatible with iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch. With this app, you can convert any video that you have in your gallery to an MP3 format.
You can then share the MP3 with any of your social networks, through instant messaging apps or email, and you can edit its metadata.
However, the sharing feature may be complicated and messy because it doesn’t always share the audio you have selected. Instead, it has been known to share audio randomly.
To use MyMP3 to convert YouTube Video to MP3:
- Click on search and select the video you want from your gallery
- Click the three buttons and open it with the app you want
It is really this easy, which is why it is a desirable app to have for the iPhone when you are looking for the best YouTube to MP3 iPhone app.
iCONV: VIDEO AND AUDIO CONVERTER
This app requires iOS 11.0 or later and also has in-app purchases. iConv supports video and audio conversion as well as document pressing, document decompression, image conversion, and PDF conversion.
It allows you to upload videos from a variety of sources and convert them to audio and then share them to any application. This converters supports multiple formats, allows you to edit, and supports iTunes file sharing. The downside? People have reported that it uses too many ads.
To use iConv to convert YouTube to MP3:
- Import your selected YouTube video
- Tap on Convert and then select the MP3 format
- You can then begin to convert your YouTube video
YTMP3 – YOUTUBE TO MP3 CONVERTER
If you are looking for an accessible app that is compatible with your iOS 11 device, then you should try YTMP3. It is a completely free tool that works with all kinds of devices, including computers, mobile devices, and tablets. It offers multi-format support and allows you to convert the files and save them in either MP3 or MP4 formats.
It also allows you to edit the file names and adjust the overall quality of the files. There is a built-in code in the software to help ensure this high-quality. You will not have to contend with hidden pop-up ads and other advertisements. It is virus-free and only takes, on average, around two minutes for conversions.
The user interface is clean, and it is suitable for personal and non-commercial use. However, you cannot perform batch conversions, you can’t change the quality of an audio file, it doesn’t support videos that are more than one hour in length, and if the video is not available on a public domain, then it can be converted.
HOW DO I CONVERT YOUTUBE VIDEOS TO MP3 ON MY IPHONE?
To convert YouTube videos, you have to first download a free YouTube converter that is compatible with your iPhone. You can then copy the links from YouTube to complete the MP3 conversion from your device.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN YOUTUBE TO MP3 CONVERTERS?
When looking for the best converters, look at the audio quality, batch downloading capability, multiple file format capability, built-in editors, and speed. Some converters may be loaded with malware as well, so you really have to be careful about which apps you choose to use.
When converting files, there needs to be a high resolution and good video quality. Many apps allow you to choose the quality you want. You also need a good amount of storage space. For example, video files that allow up to 320kbps may be ideal.
If you are converting a video that has subtitles, you want to keep those subtitles during the conversion, so see if the app you choose supports subtitles in multiple languages.
Batch downloading is useful when you are trying to convert videos in bulk. So, make sure the app you choose allows you to download and convert several files at once.
You also want an app that can convert the videos you want at high speed. If it takes too much time, it may not ultimately be worth it.