Are there any ways to just listen to the audio on YouTube videos so that I can save on downloads and data?

iOS & iPadOS

Hello Friends,

I am using IPhone 5S with iOS 8.2
I want to listen to youtube without loading the video, so that I can save on data consumption.
Is there any way to do this?
May be any app which could help me?
Encase if there is no way of listening to youtube without loading video, then is there any app which will let me load the video in the lowest quality so that there will be less data consumption?
Since IPhone by default is able to play the videos in 1080 P HD, there is high data consumption even if fiew songs are played.
In the youtube app, I couldn’t find an option to choose video quality.
So please give your valuable guidance in this regard.
Also please suggest any accessible app for downloading/ listening to songs.

Thanking you all.



Submitted by Marvin on Monday, March 30, 2015

U Tube Alternative.. Why not try "Say Play". This is a nice app. to search for music and other topics. It can be found under Music but I also use it ie: viewing nursery rythms, movies old T.V. programs and even techical info. It is very easy to use, just say what you are interest and more than not it will start playing. I just listen to Perry Mason and the grand kids watched Little Red Riding Hood. This is a great app. but not utilized to it's fullest. Hopes this gets you started and don't forget about Amazon Music.

Submitted by music fairy on Monday, March 30, 2015

say play still downloads the video. don't know of anything on the phone that will do what your looking for unfortunately. If anyone finds anything I would also be interested.

Submitted by Justin on Monday, March 30, 2015

Me as well. I don't think that theres a way to listen to youtube videos without the video. On the mac or windows side there is a website called listen to youtube. It's real easy to use. You find the URL of the youtube video you want to convert on youtube itself, then copy and paste it into the edit box that says something like paste URL here. Then click enter on that once you've pasted it. Then the site converts the video to audio mp3 file and you can then download it to your computer. This site works great for youtube music videos that you want.
As I said earlier, there's no way to just get the audio from the video unless you convert the video itself which also uses data, or wifi internet.

Submitted by Dinesh Thole on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ok friends, then is there any youtube app which will let me select the video quality before playing?

Submitted by Brooke on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

If you use YouPlayer, just remember that there seems to be an issue now with ads. Every so often, during playback, you'll be thrown into the app store. I just use the app switcher, close the app store, and return to YouPlayer to pick up where I left off.

Submitted by Ken Downey on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I just bought the app recently, because I was sick and tired of the ads. Now though, when I type in a search term, I only get 50 results. I tried double tap and hold to drag up from the bottom thinking that would refresh the list and give me more, but it doesn't… Weird

Submitted by Yoo Jin on Monday, August 10, 2015

Hi I discovered this app which enables audio mode when playing youtube videos. The super cool feature is you can even play movies in locked screen. The buttons are not labelled, so I am still trying to figure out which button is which. Here is a link where you can download this app.
Tubex - Videos and Music for YouTube by Baslas Lian

Hope this helps. If anybody finds out what each button is, would you please post commentsThank you.

Submitted by Wcwarren on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Using the free app YouTube Music ( yt music) you can select audio only using a small button near the top right of the screen. So simple and very effective. This saves on bandwidth as no video is downloaded and it allows background play.

Please note the alternate solution of playing a clip from a lock screen does not work. The video is still downloaded.

I have tried numerous other apps that promise audio only and this is the only one which delivers on its promise and allow full access to YouTube.

Happy listening to the millions of tracks available on YouTube.

Submitted by peter on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The ability to play audio only would be a nice feature. I remember the days of limited bandwidth and I would set my computer browser to not download graphics or pictures. Web pages loaded a lot faster.

But for folks who don't need or want the video or graphics the ability to turn both on/off is handy.


Submitted by splyt on Thursday, August 11, 2016

How do you know that the video is not downloaded and converted and only the audio is played in yt music?

It could very well download the video but do not display it ...

on a side note listentoyoutube might very well be used on the iPhone ... not practical because you must get the video url ... however it might be used if needed.

Submitted by Jesse Anderson on Thursday, August 11, 2016

I find YouTube Red well worth investing in. You get ad free videos, background playback, and audio playback with the screen locked. I use this on my phone quite a bit. In addition to the extra YouTube features, you get ad free Google Play Music, and all on-demand features, meaning you can play any song, album, artist, whatever, on demand as long as its in their catalog. Yes, it's a paid subscription, but you get a lot for it, including audio playback when the phone is locked.

Submitted by adams77059 on Thursday, April 6, 2017

Looks like you have to sign up and pay for You Tube Red to use this feature.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Friday, November 9, 2018

Yes, Youtube Red is the way to go. Another bonus is it comes packaged with Google Music if you get a subscription.

Submitted by Luke on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I just got YT Premium and am loving it. I’d encourage anyone who is curious about it to try their free trial to see if its right for you. My wife And I traveled last week to see relatives and it was awesome to be able to download a bunch of videos to watch on our flights. Also, the background playback is awesome. Only thing I’d like to see is the option to download audio only, as video data takes up lots of space on your device. Still, very cool service and I’m definitely gonna keep it after the trial is over.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I do love it indeed. One thing that is a bit irritating, though, is that when using the Google Play Music app, when you are browsing an album and trying to navigate through tracks, Voiceover on the iPhone seems to lose its focus quite often. I think this is an app issue rather than one that Voiceover created. Still, the fact I can use it in a web browser with excellent hotkey support or on my Sonos speakrs (not the YouTube part unfortunately), is really awesome.