How to Download YouTube Videos

Many people actually prefer to download YouTube videos instead of streaming them because of few reasons. First and foremost, you can download your favorite YouTube videos and watch them offline when internet connection is not available. This is an ideal way to keep yourself occupied and entertained on flights or during your daily commute. This is indeed a great move when you are at places without reliable internet data or mobile access. In addition, downloading YouTube videos is a great idea if you are attached to a monthly data plan, which might have limited data allowances. Continuously and on-going streaming of YouTube videos may finish up your data in a blink of an eye. Therefore, people prefer to download the videos using a Wi-Fi connection and watch the videos anytime, anywhere.  

It is actually kind of easy for you to download videos from YouTube than you have ever expected. Most interestingly, you can actually do it for free. For your information, YouTube itself provides certain tools for users to download videos on either desktop or mobile. In addition, there are third-party tools available that are able to do the job too. However, using third party apps to download YouTube videos may be against YouTube’ terms and conditions of service; and it do open you up to possible copyright infringement if you do not have permission from the owner.

Not to worry, as YouTube offers some methods to download videos legally through its web service and its own apps. Depending on where you prefer to download the YouTube videos, there are options available. If you want to download the videos to a desktop, you can do that by first installing 4K Video Downloader, which is a simple to use and free YouTube video downloader. Once you have it, all you have to do is copy the video’s URL from the browser and paste into 4K Video Downloader. This software helps to retrieve information about the video and allow you to choose the quality of the videos. Nevertheless, the download options available will depend on the quality of the original video. Select your preferred choice by using the available drop-down menu. MP4 format is usually recommended because of well-balanced quality and size of file and it plays on most devices. Bear in mind, selecting the highest resolution or quality may take a longer time and more space. Then, you can choose where you want to store the downloaded video. Once all these are finalized, you just proceed to download. The software can download up to about 24 videos concurrently. When it is 100% downloaded, you can search for the video in the destination folder.

Another option for you to download YouTube videos and view them offline is through YouTube Premium subscription. If you are subscribed to it, you will have the privilege to do so without third-party software. This can be achieved by using YouTube, YouTube Music and YouTube gaming apps but do take note that you can only watch the downloaded videos using the app and you are not able to move the video file to a different device or player. All you need to do is start watching a video, tap the download button under the player and select the preferred quality setting. After you have successfully downloaded the video from YouTube, you can find the video in either your library or account tab. Remember to sign in into your account in order to watch the downloaded videos.

For Android users, TubeMate is actually one of the most popular tools to download YouTube videos on Android smartphones. Why it is so popular is mainly because it is really easy to use but there is a tricky part to it. You cannot download TubeMate from the Google Play Store. Therefore, you will need to allow your Android device to install and run apps downloaded from other sources. Remember to be cautious when this setting is turned on as you need to make sure that you only download apps that are no doubt are safe. Once you change the “unknown sources” status under setting to on, you can visit the TubeMate YouTube Downloader website and choose from a verified site to download it. Run the file, install and launch the downloader. You may now search for a video, play the video and tap the download button to choose your settings, the video format and quality before download begins. Do remember when choosing on the format, resolution and quality of the video is the amount of space available in your device. The higher the resolution, the bigger the file. You can continue to use your device as usual while the video is being downloaded. Bear in mind that this may drain your battery faster. You can also add YouTube videos to a queue so that the videos can be downloaded at a later time.

For IOS users, the process to download YouTube videos can be slightly different as it depends on the platform that you used, whether you are using IOS on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch; or IOS on Mac devices. For the former group, you may install an app called Documents, which it’s a file manager as well as a YouTube video downloader. First, find the video that you want to download in the YouTube app or in Safari. Tap on the share icon and copy the link. Next, open Documents and search for its web browser icon. Tap on the icon, the little compass at the bottom right of the display and go to There, paste the URL link of the video in the big input box and select the quality options for the video and download will begins. After successfully download the video, it will be stored in Documents’ download section. You can drag the video to other location in your Photo section, so that it becomes available out from the app. For IOS users on Mac devices, one recommended way to download YouTube videos is by using the MacX YouTube Downloader. All you need to do is add the link, choose the quality options and you can download more than one video at once. Hence, it is consider one of the most straightforward methods for Mac users.  

Downloading videos from YouTube usually give you a number of choices on file formats with MP4, 3GP, MOV and AVI being the most common ones. The choice you made on the quality and format settings will be affecting the video that you downloaded. If you do not mind of the downloaded video quality, then perhaps you may opt for 3GP, which is good for small and old mobile phones. Putting aside the 3GP format, MOV is Apple’s video format and works on every Mac while AVI was developed by Microsoft and works well on computers. Last but not least, the MP4format, which is the video equivalent of MP3 and works well on most devices. Thus, it is usually highly recommended as mentioned above.