How to Stream YouTube Music on Apple Watch for Offline Listening

Posted by Adam Gorden on Jun. 24, 2021 5:15 PM.

As a successor to Google Play, YouTube Music has emerged from the fierce competition of streaming music services. If you want to browse the latest songs and music videos on YouTube, it will offer you an exclusive experience based on the genres, playlists, and recommendations. Since many people tend to listen to music when running, walking, or riding on their smart wearables like Apple Watch, YouTube Music makes it easy to directly stream music through your Apple Watch with the official launch in 2020.

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At present, there are five series of Apple Watches, but only series three, four, and five support the direct stream of YouTube Music on the Apple Watch. It seems that users of the other two series have been left out in the dark. A little frustrated, right? No worries at all. While there's no direct way, there are effective ways to bypass the obstacle. Now reading on this passage, and we'll show you all the possible ways to stream YouTube on Apple Watch.

Part 1. Listen to YouTube Music on Apple Watch-Official Method
Part 2. Stream YouTube Music on Apple Watch without iPhone Offline
Part 3. Conclusion

Part 1. Listen to YouTube Music on Apple Watch-Official Method

If your Apple Watch is series 3 or above and running watchOS 6 and later, you're able to access the playback of YouTube Music with the official YouTube Music app for the Apple Watch. To directly stream within your watch, you'll need to get a YouTube Premium or YouTube Premium Music subscription. Here's the full guide of getting YouTube Music for Apple Watch.

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Step 1. Install the YouTube Music app from the built-in App Store or by using the paired iPhone.

Step 2. Launch the app on your watch.

Step 3. Click Library to browse the playlists and albums.

Step 4. Select a song to play according to the instructions.

You can now easily control the playback of YouTube music, such as pause, forward, backward, and even the option to give thumbs up for your preferred songs.

Note: Apple Watch does not currently support offline YouTube Music playback.

Part 2. Stream YouTube Music on Apple Watch without iPhone Offline

Though YouTube Music comes with a complication that you can add to the Watch face, and give you quick access to control the playback within your twist. You cannot directly download YouTube Music to Apple watch as it offers no features of offline listening. It may come in the future, but currently, the watch works more like a music remote for your iPhone.

One more important thing you need to know is that Apple Watch allows you to add your music library to your watch with music storage of up to 2 GB. Therefore, if you can download your favorite YouTube Music tracks to your local files, you can then upload those tracks to your watch for offline streaming without your iPhone. As is known to us all, YouTube Music is protected just like other popular streaming music services. How can we remove the limitations?

All you need is the professional YouTube Music Downloader-TunesKit Audio Capture, well-designed to help you download your preferred YouTube Music to your computer in the forms of MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B. Despite that, it can capture multiple audio tracks at the same time and remain the original audio quality. With it, you could easily download your preferred music tracks whether from YouTube music videos or YouTube Music.

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Key Features of TunesKit YouTube Music Downloader

  • Record audio from YouTube Music to FLAC, MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV
  • Download and capture streaming audio from any programs and websites
  • Preserve streaming music with the original audio quality and full ID3 tags
  • Support many customization functions like trimming, cutting, and merging
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2.1 Download YouTube songs in 3 steps

Just click the Download button above to try the smart recorder and follow the three steps below to save your favorite YouTube Music tracks.

1Customize output YouTube songs

Launch the program on your computer, and access the YouTube website by clicking any of the listed browsers. Then go back to the powerful sound recorder, tap the Format button in the lower right corner. There you'll be allowed to adjust the format, bit rate, sample rate, and channel.

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2Start to download the YouTube Music

Next, navigate to the YouTube website to search for music tracks you want. All you need is to start to play the song and the TunesKit YouTube downloader will start capturing it simultaneously.

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3Edit the YouTube songs

Once recorded, you can now trim or merge the songs as you need. To manage the songs more effectively, you can fix and edit the ID3 Tags in the way you like, including reset the artwork cover, title, year, artist, genre, etc. After editing, hit on the Save button to export all the YouTube songs to the local files of your computer.

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2.2 Sync YouTube Music to Apple Watch for playing

Now your preferred YouTube songs are downloaded and converted on your computer, and you can sync them to your Apple Watch with your iPhone.

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1Add YouTube Music Library to iTunes

After launching iTunes on your computer, click [File] > [Add File to Library] to add the converted YouTube music library to iTunes.

2Sync YouTube Music to iPhone from iTunes

Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable, and tap your iPhone in the upper right corner of iTunes. Then click the Menu bar and select [Sync Music] > [Entire Music Library] to sync the YouTube songs to your iPhone.

3Transfer YouTube Music to Apple Watch

Turn on the Bluetooth on your iPhone by navigating to [Settings] > [Bluetooth]. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and switch to the [My Watch] option. Then click [Music] > [Add Music] to transfer the YouTube songs to your watch.

Part 3. Conclusion

Though Apple Watch currently doesn't offer users the ability to stream YouTube Music for offline listening, TunesKit Audio Capture makes it possible to listen to your preferred songs wherever you go. Whether you're going for a walk or running in the park, TunesKit makes your journey more flexible and enjoyable. Don't be hesitate to get one to have a try!

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