How to Download YouTube Videos on Windows Phone

Although Google does not allow the downloading of videos off YouTube due to obvious reasons, it never managed to completely block the downloads as the video files are still required to be sent to the browser for the playback. Talking of Windows Phone, there are a number of apps available in the store that can download YouTube videos, but they store the video files in their own folders and don’t make them accessible directly. So this post is for those who want to download Videos to the SD card and get direct access to them.

Method 1 – Download using UC Browser’s Watch Offline Feature

This is by far the easiest and quickest method to download videos from YouTube to the SD Card in your Windows Phone. The drawback here is that there are limited download options. Users can only download videos in standard quality of 360p

  1. Install UC Browser which is available in the Windows Phone Store. Link here
  2. Open and then open the video that you want to download.
  3. On the video page, a download iconΒ  will appear in the lower left corner of UC Browser.uc browser navigation panel
  4. Tap on the download icon, make sure Save to SD Card is checked and then tap on Watch Offline.uc brwoser youtube offline watch
  5. The Video will start downloading and the download progress can be checked in the Downloads page.
  6. Once the download finishes, you can find the MP4 video in /UC Download folder in your Memory Card.

Method 2 – Download Videos using Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is the default browser and Windows Phone 8.1 update gave it the ability to save or download files. So we can also use IE to download videos off YouTube with a little workaround. Benefit of choosing this method over the previous is that we get the choice of downloading Videos in a resolution of our choice.

  1. Open in Internet Explorer and open the video that you want to download.
  2. Tap on the URL/Address bar and copy the URL of YouTube page.
  3. Open and paste the YouTube URL into the big box here. Tap the Enter/Go key.YouTube Download
  4. Β Wait for a while as the service progresses and you will then see download links at the right side of video preview and information.
  5. Tap on the resolution in which you want to download the video.
  6. Choose save when Internet Explore asks you to whether download or save.
  7. That’s it. Wait for the download to complete and you can find the video in the /Videos folder in your Memory Card or the Phone Memory.
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52 Responses to How to Download YouTube Videos on Windows Phone

  1. Satya June 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Thank you for the tip, Second one is new one πŸ˜›

  2. iMedia Designs July 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    Very nice tutorial, thanks.

  3. Frankie September 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Thanks a lot for this tip, worked charms!

    • AdiTya SiNgh RajPut August 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

      How to download directly in YouTube without other apps

      • Narender Singh August 24, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

        You cannot do that. It is against YouTube policy to download videos.

      • Frankie August 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

        Dude why you replying to my message from 2 years ago?

  4. Tamilarasan October 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Uc browser working. But resolution is very low. How to solve this. Tell me plz.

    • Narender Singh October 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

      Use the other method then πŸ™‚ Using ssyoutube. You can also use it with UC Browser πŸ™‚

  5. Nithin December 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    Nice Very nice thanks a lot sir thank u very much………..

    • Narender Singh December 18, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      You’re welcome πŸ™‚

  6. ranty December 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Its not working on my Nokia 920 windows phone

    • Narender Singh December 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

      Both the methods? Did you face any error?

      • ymguna December 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

        It used to work in my 520, but I think google block youtube in UC Browser. If I change the browser mode to mobile, I can browse youtube, but still not able to download it as usual.

        • ymguna December 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

          Btw, I lived in Indonesia, using XL GSM provider.
          and, I already try to browse using stock IE in my 520 (Lumia Cyan) still not able to browse.
          for the last one, I tethering my GSM connection to my android tablet, and voila, I can browse the youtube in my android, but still not in my windows phone. πŸ˜€

          • Mustafa December 9, 2015 at 11:37 am #

            Plzz tell me if youtube is block in my country And I use 2nd Method of downloading It is not Working not showing on when I try to Unblock youtube plzz Tell me solution And 1sr Method is Uc browser but it not showing download button plzz Give me proper Answer

  7. uam shankar May 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    My videos were easily downloaded via UC browser. But from few days the downloading icon just disappeared. It is not being shown , I even reinstalled UC browser,still cant download, can anyone help?

    • vipul dave May 17, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      Same here not able download YouTube videos from uc browser with lumia730

  8. Sushruth May 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    Same problem in my Lumia 630,download icon is not coming…plzz can anyone help me

  9. rohit May 18, 2015 at 12:35 am #

    Option not coming

  10. Ganesh May 18, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    I used to download youtube videos successfully on my nokia lumia 520 wp8.1 via UC browser, but since 2 weeks the blue downloading icon doesn’t appear. It seems youtube has broken support for UC browser. Thanks for second tip

  11. ish May 18, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Same problem with my lumia535 the download icon disappeared.if someone know the solutn plz help

    • Narender Singh May 18, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Probably YouTube has sent a legal notice to UC πŸ˜›

    • kruti June 27, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

      Hii now u can download YouTube videos in uc Brower…. Enjoy.

      • Narender Singh June 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

        It’s good that the functionality is back. Enjoy πŸ™‚

  12. Dharaneeswar May 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    i am not getting the icon to my left of the browser. there is any neccesary to do any changes in the settings.can u please help me? ….

    • Narender Singh May 19, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

      It seems to be removed from UC Browser as of now. Try the URL way to download videos.

    • s nataraaj March 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

      i too cant get the icon

  13. John Chacko May 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Second option is very good…. and thanks for the blog…. now i can download my favorite videos from youtube….

  14. param June 11, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    I took updates for uc browser for my windows lumia mobile .Now blue icon for download is appearing and i can easily download you tube videos.

  15. Daniyal Kamal June 27, 2015 at 11:57 am #

    Kindly please guide me briefly i have updated my Lumia 535 on 26-06-2015 and installed uc browser from app store. but download option is showing in youtube dailymotion and also other sites kindly guide me please.

    Daniyal Kamal
    From Pakistan

  16. kruti June 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Hi guys…. Actually I used to download YouTube videos in my Lumia 535 by UC brower . Unfortunately now UC browser is not providing to download Videos

    • shank August 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

      Kyaa baat hai uc agar download nahi hota to uninstall kar lo aur tab fir se installed kar ke try karo uc browser se download hoga . Aur agar nahi to fir is site k second option ko try karo

  17. kruti June 27, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    Hie guys now it works…..can download videos in uc Brower…..

  18. sandip July 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    i want to download video other than youtube video….how to download video from other site in wp 8.1….help me guys”

  19. Phi Thuy August 20, 2015 at 6:24 am #

    I use SDCard Tube Downloader and Γ­t works fine on Lumia 625.

  20. tushar September 17, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    Hi all,
    I have updated UC browser , videos also downloads but thing is these videos are not searchable from file manager in either the Memory card or in phone. It acquires the space but can’t able to find the place where it is situated/placed.

  21. jay November 30, 2015 at 5:17 am #

    I use this same technique in windows 10 , but they r not saving up in Movies n TV ,,,,pls help

  22. Neelu December 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    great…. it is very use full ….. cheers

  23. Ashwini December 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    great it works finally, thanks

  24. dylan January 30, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Thanks for this great tip!! It works! Finally, I can download and share!

  25. as February 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

    sala vosre ke ye microsoft gand mareye sala sirf iska computer tak he sara software thik hai nahi to phone me jo sab software use keya hai na kay bataye man to karta hai ……mmmmmaaaa..

  26. Syed Ahsan Qureshi March 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    I try to download the videos from 2nd way but it says ” you need SaveFrom net software to download ….. Help yar..

  27. vinodini March 31, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    How to add YouTube videos to office in windows 10 phone?

  28. Christine April 8, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    this info is very worth it …. Thanks

    • manohar September 8, 2016 at 11:27 am #

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  29. Asad April 27, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    Fantastic tricks you shared thank you very much

  30. manohar September 8, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    i was using windows phone since 2 years , now i have got the solution how to download videos from youtube.
    thank u so much for the information….
    it is very helpfull

  31. UMAIR AHMED October 31, 2016 at 2:48 am #

    You are great that was very helpful, thank you very much.

  32. hope November 10, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    i use the second used to work . but recently,i do recieve a pop-up advert immediately i click to download and that has been depriving me from downloading on youtube. pls help!

  33. jeff November 15, 2016 at 1:54 am #

    Help me on thy installatikn of idm in windows 10 lumia 730…thank u

    • Narender Singh November 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

      Buddy, IDM is not available for mobile devices.

  34. matt sone January 25, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    Thank you for these instructions, really helpful!! I always use acethinker video downloader to save youtube videos, free and simple to use, share it here as an alternative.

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