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By Justin SabrinaUpdated on March 07, 2024

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Can you download music from YouTube Music to an SD Card? Yes! This article covers 2 ways to download and save YouTube Music to SD card (external SD Card included), helping you free up space and improve the performance.

"I'm a YouTube Music Premium subscriber. I love the service and enjoy the fantastic singles, and remixes. I'm using Samsung Galaxy S10. I'm wondering if I can download songs from YouTube Music to an SD card and keep them forever."

YouTube Music is a popular streaming music service, available on Android, iOS, ChromeOS, Wear OS, Google Home, Sonos, Android TV and Android Auto Web. But while streaming, music data is cached on your device. Besides, both YouTube Premium ($11.99 per month) and YouTube Music Premium ($9.99 per month) subscribers can download songs from YouTube Music on mobile devices. This way, the downloads may use up your device's internal storage. Don't worry, most Android devices come with a built-in SD card. Can you download music from YouTube Music to an SD card?

The answer is YES! YouTube Music songs can be downloaded to phone storage, or SD card can be set as the download location. In this article, we will teach you 2 ways to save YouTube Music to SD card. One is to download YouTube Music to SD card on Android phone directly, another is to transfer YouTube Music to external SD card.


Way 1. Download YouTube Music to an SD Card Directly (Premium)

As we mentioned above, the download features works for both YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium memberships. To put it straight, Premium users can simply and directly change the storage path from device storage to SD card, and ultimately save YouTube Music to SD card. You can refer to the following steps to download music from YouTube Music to SD card o Android phone and tablet directly.

Using an iOS device? This doesn't mean that you cannot save YouTube Music to external SD card to computer and iOS devices. What if you only have a YouTube Music free account? Take it easy! There still exists an simple and feasible scheme to help you move YouTube Music to SD card, you can directly skip to Way 2 in this article.

Step 1. Open the YouTube Music app on your Android phone or tablet.

Step 2. Sign in with your Premium account. Then click on your profile photo at the upper right corner of the screen.

YouTube Music settings

Step 3. Tap "Settings" icon and select "Downloads" from the list.

Step 4. Turn on the button of "Use SD Card".

download YouTube Music to SD card

Step 5. Open the song, album or playlist you want to download.

Step 6. Tap the three dots and choose "Download" button.

download YouTube Music to an SD card

Step 7. Once done, the downloaded YouTube music files will be directly saved to your SD card on your Android device.

Restrictions: If you are not a YouTube Music Premium member, you are unable to download songs from YouTube Music to SD card. Moreover, all downloaded YouTube music files are cached files, and you don't own them. When you re-plug the SD card to other device, you cannot open/use/play these YouTube songs without the YouTube Music app, as YouTube Music is encrypted.

Don't worry, we will introduce another workable method in the following content, which is available for both YouTube Music free users and premium users. You can use a third-party tool to download and save songs from YouTube Music to MP3 format, and then copy YouTube songs to your SD card. Here 4kFinder YouTube Music Converter comes in handy.

Way 2. Download YouTube Music to MP3 and Copy to External SD Card

4kFinder YouTube Music Converter is an easy-to-use yet professional tool, well designed for YouTube Music Free users as well as Premium users. It is enabled to download and convert any song from YouTube Music to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF audio formats at up to 10X higher speed. Besides, it lets you browse, search, add and download any song from the built-in YouTube Music web player directly. Compared to other audio recording tools, 4kFinder can retain full ID3 tags, including cover, title, artwork, artist, album, and track number.

Another great feature is that this smart tool will preserve the 100% lossless audio quality for YouTube Music tracks (the original 256kbps bitrate, or even up to 320kbps high quality), giving you the same or better listening experience. Even better, it allows to set the store the output YouTube Music files by Artist, Album, Artist/Album or Album/Artist folder. After conversion, you can effortlessly copy YouTube Music files to external SD card, USB drive, iOS and Android devices, MP3 players, iPods and more devices without limits.

Main Features of 4kFinder YouTube Music Converter:

  • Download YouTube Music tracks, playlists and albums without Premium
  • Download and save YouTube Music as local files on computer
  • Convert YouTube Music songs to MP3/M4A/AAC/WAV/AIFF/FLAC
  • Download YouTube Music songs with metadata and album art
  • Up to 10X faster speed; Batch conversion; Keep high audio quality
  • Archive downloaded YouTube Music files with album or artist
  • Built-in YouTube Music web player, no YouTube Music app needed
  • Listen to YouTube Music on your phone SD card without YouTube Music app
  • Transfer YouTube Music to SD card, USB drive, MP3 player, mobile, etc.
  • Play YouTube Music on any device, player, app or platform

Tips: In addition, you may also save YouTube Music songs to SD card (it becomes a USB disk). Then plug it into the USB port of any Google Home, Sonos, smart speakers, Android TV and other smart TVs for playing!

Guide: Convert YouTube Music to MP3 and Copy to SD Card

Follow the steps below to convert YouTube Music to MP3 using 4kFinder YouTube Music Converter, and then transfer YouTube Music to SD card.

Step 1. Open 4kFinder and Log in Your Account
First, install and launch the 4kFinder YouTube Music Converter on your computer (macOS or Windows OS). Then log in to your YouTube Music account (Free or Premium).

login to youtube music home page

As the picture below, there is a built-in YouTube Music web player on the converter. You can browse the YouTube Music library as you like.

youtube music home page

Step 2. Output Format Settings
Click the "Settings"settings icon button to open the settings panel. To move YouTube Music to SD card, plese select MP3 format. To get high-quality songs from YouTube Music, you may select 320kbps.

set mp3 as output format

Meanwhile, you are able to change the output folder, output file name and more settings as you like.

YouTube websites also offers a large number of music videos, music playlists, albums. If you want to download music from YouTube to a SD card, you can use this powerful tool - 4kFinder YouTube Downloader to convert YouTube music videos to MP3 files. Then you could transfer YouTube music to SD card at ease.

Step 3. Add YouTube Music Tracks to 4kFinder
Once setup is complete, open any song, playlist or album and click the "Add to list" button in the right side.

add youtube music

4kFinder allows to convert multiple lists at once. Or you can unselect the songs you don't want to download.

Step 4. Download & Convert YouTube Music to MP3
Once selected, click on the "Convert" button to let the tool download and convert YouTube songs to MP3 audio files.

download youtube music to mp3

Step 5. Find Output YouTube Music MP3 Files
After the conversion is complete, you can click the "History" (a clock icon) in the upper right corner to view the downloaded YouTube songs. Click the blue folder icon to navigate to the output folder.

preview mp3 youtube music

Step 6. Transfer YouTube Music to SD Card
Insert your SD card to SD card reader, and plug it into your computer. Create a Music folder on the SD card. Locate the YouTube Music MP3 songs, and drag the songs to your SD card. When finished, eject the SD card.

transfer youtube music to mp3 player

Now you can insert the SD card to your Android devices and enjoy the YouTube Music at any time, anywhere!

Download Music From YouTube Music to an SD Card
Justin Sabrina

Justin Sabrina

Justin Sabrina has over 10 years of content writing experience. She specializes in product reviews, how-to guides, tips and tricks, top lists, etc. on data encryption, multi-media conversion, screen recording and iOS unlocking. At UkeySoft, she performs in-depth research SEO copywriting and collaborates with our R & D team to offer effective software solution, most of her articles on software are helpful and easy to read, helping our reader easily solve problems through using software or apps.


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