YouTube Music app for Android or Apple Devices for streaming your favorite music videos, then you have a couple of choices to save data in your mobile device. In your smartphone, you can opt-in to stream using only Wi-Fi connections or limit mobile data usage by not streaming HD media on Wi-FI. You can also Download the video to your device if you have signed up for YouTube Red. It protects your data because you have a local copy of the media file in your smart device.
So, to save your precious mobile data while using YouTube Music app:
Play Only Using Wi-Fi and Limit Mobile Data Usage
- Tap the user icon present on the top right (on the main app screen)
- Go to ⚙Settings
- Activate the Stream via Wi-Fi only by dragging the slider toward the right
- Activate the Limit mobile data usage by dragging the slider toward the right
When the Stream via Wi-Fi option is activated, you only get to stream music when you are connected to a Wi-Fi internet connection. Your data won’t stream any music. It may prevent accidental streaming of HD music videos which just chomps up a lot of GB off your monthly limit. Activating the Limit mobile data usage will only stream non-HD version of the music videos in the app. It’s a good trick to save data.
Download the Media
This feature is exclusive to the YouTube Red members. It is a premium feature that comes after you subscribe to a monthly plan. To encourage you to join there will be a free to try for a month option.
To download the media locally, just hit the ⋮ options button and then tap on Download.
Only YouTube Red members will be able to make the file available offline hence saving data on-the-go.
To see how much space is consumed by the offline media:
- Tap on the User Icon > Settings
- Tap on Downloads
You will be shown the storage information and how much MB/GB is being used. Press on the Clear downloads to free your storage.