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How to save YouTube audio

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Do you want to listen to a YouTube audio track without needing an internet connection, or have you found the perfect royalty-free YouTube audio tune to add to your video? With the help of Clipchamp’s step-by-step tutorial, save audio from YouTube for free in a few easy steps. 

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Whether you’ve found an upcoming artist or a funny sound effect, follow along below to learn how to save audio from YouTube to your computer, iPhone, and Android smartphones. 

When legally downloading other creator’s music and videos from YouTube, there are many different rules and guidelines you must follow. It is illegal to download any material from YouTube that is copyrighted without express permission. Although you can download audio or video from YouTube that is copyright-free, YouTube Studio offers royalty-free production music and sound effects under Audio Library. 

If you would like to save YouTube audio, make sure to always receive permission before downloading. YouTube’s guidelines state, “​​Our Terms of Service prohibit the downloading or copying of videos on YouTube without explicit consent from the copyright holder.” If you don’t receive permission, YouTube has never sued anyone for breaking these terms. This doesn’t make the practice legal, but download at your own risk. 

If you are confident you can save YouTube audio ethically, read on to learn how to save a YouTube video as an audio file. 

How to save audio from YouTube videos

There are many ways to save audio from YouTube videos online, via your desktop or smartphone. Let’s dive into your options. 

1. How to save audio from YouTube with YouTube Premium

The easiest way to legally download any audio or video files from YouTube is to sign up to YouTube Premium. YouTube Premium allows subscribers to download limitless YouTube videos and audio, watch without ads, play in the background, and access YouTube Music Premium. It does come at a price though. Users receive a 1-month free trial then must pay $14.99 per month. 

To sign up for YouTube Premium, all you have to do is log in to your existing YouTube account, click on your profile picture, then click Purchases and memberships.

1. How to save audio from YouTube with YouTube Premium

2. How to save a YouTube audio to your computer

If you’re not prepared to pay for YouTube Premium, there are free alternatives to choose from. Just make sure you have permission to download the YouTube audio. 

MiniTool YouTube Downloader is a free, no ads, YouTube converter for desktop. All you have to do is copy and paste your desired YouTube video into the search bar, then click download. You can convert the YouTube video to MP3. There are more YouTube hacks to download a video, but make sure to follow Youtube's guidelines.

2. How to save a YouTube audio to your computer

3. How to save a YouTube video as an audio file for iPhone

Want to save audio from YouTube using your iPhone? Using Snappea Online, you can download YouTube videos to MP3 iPhone files. Just be sure to have the permission of the creator first. 

Launch the website on your iPhone browser, copy and paste the YouTube audio’s URL into the search bar, then click download as MP3. 

3. How to save a YouTube video as an audio file for iPhone

4. How to save a YouTube video as an audio file for Android

Looking to download YouTube audio on an Android device? As long as you have permission from the original creator to do so, the VidPaw app can help you out. 

Just like how you would save a YouTube audio file on an iPhone, the VidPaw app lets users download YouTube music for free. After launching the app, enter the keywords to your preferred audio in the search bar, then download the audio file. 

4. How to save a YouTube video as an audio file for Android

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How to add YouTube audio files to Clipchamp

Now that you know how to save audio from YouTube, it’s time to add your audio tracks to a new video project. 

Step 1. Log in to Clipchamp or sign up for free

Log in to your Clipchamp account or sign up for free. Once you have logged in, click on the + Create a video button at the top right corner of the editor homepage. The video editor will automatically open. 

Step 1. Log in to Clipchamp or sign up for free

Step 2. Add your YouTube audio file

To add your newly saved YouTube audio, click on the + symbol on the left sidebar. Drag and drop our YouTube MP3 file into the editor, select from your computer files, or upload using one of Clipchamp’s many integrations like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Zoom, or Box. You can also upload directly from your phone. 

Your YouTube audio MP3 file will now appear under the My media tab. 

Step 2. Add your YouTube audio file

Step 3. Drag and drop YouTube audio to your timeline

To add your YouTube audio file to your timeline, simply drag and drop the MP3 file onto your timeline. The audio file will automatically snap into place. 

Step 3. Drag and drop YouTube audio to your timeline

Step 4. Edit your video

It’s now time to add your video files. For this tutorial, we will be pairing our YouTube audio file with stock video footage. 

Add video footage to your Youtube audio file

Click on the Stock video tab on the left sidebar. Search a genre or scroll through the categorized video folders. Click the + symbol to directly add the video file to your timeline. To edit the length of your video clips, drag the green left and right sidebars. 

Add video footage to your Youtube audio file

Add a sticker

Clipchamp has GIPHY integrations with a range of GIFs and Stickers to choose from. If you would like to add a location sticker alongside your text, click on the Graphics tab. Search the keyword Location then click the + symbol to add the location sticker to your timeline. Change the size of your sticker using the freehand video editing tool.

Add a sticker

Add text to your YouTube audio video

Adding text to your video is an optional step. If you would like to add a caption, click on the Text tab on the left sidebar. Select a suitable text style, then drag and drop it onto your timeline.

To add your text, click on the Text tab above your video preview. Add in your personalized text. Change the location of your text under the Transform tab, and alter the text color using the Color tab. 

Add text to your YouTube audio video

Fade out your YouTube audio file

Click on your YouTube audio track on the timeline. Above your video preview, you will see the Fade tab. Make sure to fade out the YouTube audio at the end of your video so the tune does not end abruptly. 

Fade out your YouTube audio file

Step 5. Export your YouTube audio-video

Once you have finished editing your YouTube audio and video, it’s now time to export it. Click on the purple → Export button at the top right corner of the editor. A pull-out tab will appear with saving options. Select between 480p, 720p, and 1080p resolution. Then click Continue.  

Your video will now begin its saving process. You can directly save or share your new YouTube audio track and video with friends, family, or colleagues via Clipchamp’s sharing integrations like Pinterest, LinkedIn, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, and OneDrive. Alternatively, save directly to your computer. 

Step 5. Export your YouTube audio-video

Save YouTube audio files in just a few clicks

YouTube audio can bring your video to life. Just make sure you save royalty-free audio, ask the owner’s permission, or upgrade to YouTube Premium. 

Create beautiful videos with your YouTube audio files today with Clipchamp’s free online video editor. 

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Written by Christie Passaris on September 29, 2021
About the Author

Christie Passaris is a freelance writer by day, and fashion designer by night. While she enjoys creating iconic looks and teaching others about Clipchamp's latest features, her true love is for her dog, Billy the Beagle.

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