Using TubeMate – YouTube Downloader
Thanks to the free TubeMate app you can start downloading YouTube videos without any messing around.
The first thing you will need to do is visit the Android Market and search for “tubemate". Once you have found and installed the app, you can launch it from the shortcut, which will take you to a selection of current popular YouTube videos. Using the search function in the top-right corner, find the clip you want to keep, and select it from the search results.
In the resulting window you will be able to use either the Save to button beneath the video clip or the ghosted download icon in the lower left corner of your display (a down-pointing arrow). Both options will display your download options, which will differ from video to video. The clip I downloaded from the BBCAmericaTV YouTube channel featured the following options:
1920x1080 (Galaxy Tab, PC)
- 1280x720 (high-end devices only)
- 854x480 (FLV player required)
- 640x360 (FLV player required)
- Download as MP3
Make sure you have a suitable player on your Android phone for playing back the video in the selected format.
Once you have made your choice, the download will begin. You will be able to see its process by tapping Menu > Downloads, and once the FLV file has finished downloading you can tap it to either Play as Video, Play as Music, Save as MP3, Convert to MP3 or even Delete File.
It is also via the Menu that you can access the Preferences screen. In Preferences you can enable or disable Fast Download Mode which uses multiple connections to download the file as quickly as possible, select the storage locations for video and MP3 and also set language and location options to switch from the default US English version of YouTube to something more suitable.
An alternative to TubeMate is TubeX, also available free in the Android Market (although you may also find something similar on the Amazon Appstore), and this app provides similar results.