How to download music from YouTube to iPhone (Easiest Guide)

YouTube is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular video streaming website. Billions of people across the world watch their favorite TV programs, shows, movies and music videos on YouTube every day. YouTube has developed itself not only into a full-fledged video consumption platform, but has also positioned itself as one of the top destinations for listening to all the latest and greatest music videos. Have you ever loved a music video on YouTube so much that you’ve wondered how to save it in audio format on your iPhone? So, if you are wondering how to download music from YouTube to iPhone directly, then this is the post for you!

Though iPhone users can easily subscribe to Apple Music and listen to billions of songs on the go. But why pay for a subscription when there are ways to convert music videos directly from YouTube to mp3 for iPhone?

In this post, I will share with you how to download music from YouTube to iPhone and enjoy your favorite music tunes on the go.

Ways to Download Music from YouTube to iPhone:

Cutting straight to the point, there are two ways you can download music (in MP3 format) from YouTube to your iPhone or iPad. Let’s discuss each of them in the following part:

1) Converting YouTube Video to Music (MP3) format

This is one of the easiest ways to convert music videos from YouTube to mp3 on iPhone. Follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1. Copy the URL of the YouTube video.

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Step 2. Now go to YTMP3 (a YouTube to MP3 converter), and paste the URL that you’ve just copied. Click on the convert button and that is it. Wait for the conversion process to finish. Once it is over, it will provide you with a link to download your converted file (usually in MP3 format). Download it and save it on your computer.

Converting YouTube Video to MP3 music format

Step 3. Now you’ve to transfer the downloaded music file from your computer to your iPhone or iPad.

There are three ways to do this:

a) iCloud Drive: It lets you securely store all your data to Apple’s web servers and sync it all across your Apple devices. If you are using Mac OS, you can find iCloud via Finder app. However, if you are using a Windows PC, you can access your iCloud Drive by logging into the official iCloud website. Once you’re inside iCloud, create a new folder ‘Music’ and upload that music file. Once uploaded, it will be seamlessly synced all across your Apple devices. iCloud comes with 5 GB of free storage. However, if you feel that you’re running out of storage, you can always subscribe to their paid plans, which in my opinion are not very expensive. The cheapest storage plan is priced at $0.99 per month for 50 GB while the costliest storage plan is priced at $9.99 per month for 2 TB.

b) Google Drive/other cloud-based storage: If you are not comfortable using iCloud for whatever reasons, the best alternative is to upload your downloaded file to Google Drive from your computer and then download it from the app on your iPhone or iPad. Every google account comes with a default 15 GB storage space which is shared across all the Google apps including Google Drive.

b) AirDrop: If you’re using a MacBook, the easiest way to transfer files wirelessly from your MacBook to iPhone or iPad is through AirDrop.

c) Email to yourself: The easiest and fastest way to get the downloaded music file on your iPhone is to email it to yourself. It takes only a matter of seconds without even having to write any subject or message. I mean, you only have to attach the file and email it to your own email address. Once sent, you can easily download it on your iPhone through the mail app.

2) Subscribe to YouTube Music (Premium)

YouTube Music - Premium

YouTube Music (Premium) is a paid option which lets you stream, listen to and download mp3 music from YouTube to your iPhone effortlessly. No converting and no uploading, seriously. All that you’ve to do is to download the official YouTube Music app on your iPhone and subscribe to its premium plan. Priced at $9.99 per month (with a 1-month free trial), I believe YouTube Music Premium is worth the price as it not only offers a seamless ad-free experience, but also lets you download mp3 songs from YouTube to your iPhone for offline listening.

Please note that music downloaded from YouTube Music Premium will be available for playing offline on your iPhone in the YouTube Music app only. It will not be transferred automatically to Apple Music or your iTunes music library.

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The first method described in this post converts a video on YouTube to audio (MP3) format. Technically, it is perfectly fine to strip a video to MP3 format. But as a responsible internet user, we also have to gauge the possibilities of breaching any copyrights (whether intentional or unintentional).

A music video, being a creative piece of work by an artist is usually copyrighted under international laws. When a music video is marketed, everyone involved in this value chain right from the artist to the publishing house has certain commercial gain from the sale of that product. The work is therefore protected under copyrights so that no one can copy, reproduce or re-sell without the permission of these stakeholders. Therefore, if you haven’t paid for a song that is copyrighted, then downloading it is a crime. If you are further interested in knowing more about the repercussions of breaching copyrights, here is an excellent piece of resource on the Webster University website.

These copyrights are usually owned by large music publishers and Music Rights Management companies. Therefore, if you are downloading a song from YouTube which is protected under such a regime, you have to do this at your own risk and cost. However, if the copyrights allow you to use the video in the manner in which you want, please feel free to proceed.

Your Thoughts/ Feedback?

I hope that by following this detailed guide, you now have understood the concept and technicalities behind downloading music from YouTube to iPhone. If you are still facing some issues, please drop your concerns in the comments below. Enjoyed reading this article? Please do share it. It will make my day 🙂

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15 thoughts on “How to download music from YouTube to iPhone (Easiest Guide)”

  1. To download music from YouTube Music with the best audio quality, and get rid of the streaming limits, I strongly recommend NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter.

  2. If only the solution was that easy! After I copied the YouTube link and pasted as directed then hit download the pop up I got did not have the little x to close it out… I got directed to a totally different website ( whatever that is – maybe don’t hit that link but anyway that’s where I’ve ended up 3 times. Ugh.

  3. I usually use Geekersoft to download music from YouTube to mp3 on my iPhone and then transfer the downloaded mp3 to anywhere I like.

  4. I usually use Allavsoft to download music from youtube to mp3 on my computer and then transfer the downloaded mp3 to anywhere I like.

  5. It was all going so well until I got to the YPMP3 part, the screen started doing things that was not in your step-by-step manual (like re-directing me and asking me to buy other apps), this threw me off and now I have no idea what to do?

    I wanted this to work for me, I really did, but it hasn’t and so back to the drawing board for me.

    • Hi. I just checked YTMP3. They are showing a pop up for downloading their android app. You can easily dismiss it by clicking the cross button on that pop-up message. It will resume converting video to MP3 format.

  6. I normally use AceThinker MP3JUice Downloader to convert videos and audio files from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Spotify mp3 on my computer. After that, I’ll upload the files I’ve downloaded on my iPhone.
    Later, I’ll put your technique to the test.

  7. Thank you for your great share. Allavsoft is also highly recommended to download music from youtube, soundcloud to mp3, flac, m4a etc format.

  8. I usually firstly download videos and music files from youtube, vimeo, spotify etc to mp4 or mp3 on my computer with the help of Allavsoft. And then transfer the downloaded files to my iPhone.
    I will test your mentioned method later.

  9. Apart from YTMp3, you can also use AceThinker MP3 Juice Downloader to download music from YouTube. Then you can just import them on iTunes. But the other tools are also great. Thanks for Sharing!!

  10. Thank you, Abhishek, for the information above. I signed up for YouTube Music Premium’s free trial to see how well it worked. Then I downloaded between 5-7 music videos directly from YouTube Music Premium to my iPhone XR while having iTunes music library open. I’ve looked all thru my iTunes music library in different categories, i.e., artist’s name, music videos, recent downloads. The music videos which appear to have successfully downloaded when I was in YouTube Music Premium are not showing up in my iTunes library.

    Abhishek, do you have suggestions of where the videos may have gone to on my phone? Also, once I do find them, what is my next step for transferring or moving them into my music library?

    Thank you,
    Denise H. May 30, 2020

    • Hi Denise H.,
      Thanks for your comment. Generally music which is downloaded from YouTube Music is meant to be played inside that app itself. You won’t find it inside Apple or iTunes music. However, still there are ways to do this. You can take help of Tunemymusic service to transfer your playlists from YouTube Music to Apple Music. Works like a charm, with no issues. Try it and let me know how well it worked out for you 🙂


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