YouTube videos can be downloaded for offline streaming.

How to download YouTube videos for free

If you have the right tools, downloading YouTube videos is easy. You can stream a video without an internet connection after you've downloaded it to your device or tablet, which is great for keeping yourself entertained on buses, ships, and journeys to areas without secure mobile internet service.

If you have a mobile plan with a small data cap, downloading YouTube videos is also a good option. You will use your home Wi-Fi to stream them to your tablet and watch them on the go without worrying about running over your data limit.

Best of all, it's completely online. YouTube itself offers some online software for the job (on both web and mobile), and you can also use third-party free YouTube downloaders. Continue reading to learn how.

Check out our guides to the best YouTube to MP3 converters and the best free video editing tools for Windows, macOS, and Linux if you simply want to save music from videos or remove the audio to make it into a podcast.

Is it legal to download YouTube videos?

Using third-party software to download YouTube videos violates YouTube's terms of use, which state that you can only view videos directly from the company's servers. Whether you have permission from the copyright holder, the video is in the public domain, or you own it, downloading YouTube videos exposes you to the risk of copyright infringement.

YouTube does, however, have several methods for downloading videos from its web service and its own applications. We'll show you how to do it and walk you through the other choices for iPhone, Android, Mac, and PC in this guide.

Right now, the best YouTube downloader is WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is the most outstanding of all the YouTube downloaders we've tried. It will convert videos to almost any medium, rip content from DVDs and Blu-ray tapes, and even burn your own. It can also manage 4K videos with ease. It isn't free, unlike the tools mentioned below, but there isn't a more useful tool available.

YouTube videos can be downloaded to a Windows PC

How to download YouTube videos for free

1. Download a 4K video downloader

Start by uploading and installing 4K Video Downloader on your Windows PC to download YouTube videos. This multi-functional program is fully free and can download whole playlists as well as 360-degree and 3D content. When it's done, check the 'Launch' box and press 'Finish.'
How to download YouTube videos for free

2. Copy and paste the video's URL into your browser

Open your web browser, navigate to the YouTube video you want to download, and copy the URL from the address bar. Then, in 4K Video Downloader, go to the top left and press the green 'Paste Link' button.

The app can download video information and provide you with a number of quality choices. These can vary based on the original video's content, but if 4K is available, the app will import YouTube videos in that format.
How to download YouTube videos for free

3. Choose the format and quality

You may use 4K Video Downloader to download whole YouTube videos or only the audio. Pick your favorite choice from the left-hand drop-down menu, then select a format from the right-hand menu. For our images, we choose MP4 because it provides a nice combination of quality and file size – and it works on almost any screen.

Then decide on your quality. We recommend selecting the maximum resolution for playback on your TV or PC, but keep in mind that this will take longer and take up more room. Fortunately, you will see how much room it would take by looking at the approximate file size on the left.

Using the 'Browse' button at the right, you can also pick where the downloaded video should be saved. Click 'Download' when you're done.
How to download YouTube videos for free

4. Save the YouTube video to your computer

You will now be able to download the YouTube link. If the creator's channel has other content, 4K Video Downloader may inquire if you want to download them as well. It will simultaneously download up to 24 videos.

You will find the video in the destination folder after it has finished uploading, or right-click it in 4K Video Downloader and pick 'Play'. The video will remain in this list until you want to delete it or thought you close and restart the software unless you change the settings.

5. Switch to Smart Mode

Check out Smart Mode if you often download videos in the same style. This stores and loads your download settings automatically. When you click the lightbulb icon in the top right, a URL will be imported automatically with the last settings you used the next time you paste it into 4K Video Downloader.
How to download YouTube videos for free

YouTube videos can be downloaded to an Android smartphone

How to download YouTube videos for free

1. Install TubeMate first

TubeMate is one of the most common tools for streaming YouTube videos on Android smartphones, and for good reason: it's incredibly simple to use and has only the features you need.

Since the TubeMate video downloader isn't available in the Google Play Store (Google doesn't want YouTube downloaders), you'll need to first authorize your Android computer to install and run applications from other sources. When you enable this environment, be careful, as you'll want to make sure you only download applications that you know are secure.

Go to 'Settings' and then 'Security.' To switch this setting on, scroll down and press the toggle next to 'Unknown sources.' Now go to the TubeMate YouTube Downloader page on your Android smartphone and choose one of the validated places to download it from.
How to download YouTube videos for free

2. Choose a video to save

If you get an alert about uploading APK files, press 'OK' to proceed. Run TubeMate after it has downloaded and tap 'Install', then 'Open.' After that, you'll be told the permissions the video downloader requires to function. Allow it to start if you're ready, and the app will open.

TubeMate has a black backdrop, similar to the official YouTube Android version. Find a video and start watching it, then press the red 'Download' button in the bottom right corner.
How to download YouTube videos for free

3. Save the video to your device

Following that, you'll see a list of formats. There are video and audio formats to choose from, as well as various content and resolution choices for each. If you have a high-end laptop, by all means, download the best quality versions; however, keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the larger the file: if you don't have much spare space on your phone or computer, YouTube videos will quickly fill it up.

Tap the red 'Download' button once more when you're satisfied. The video will download in the background when you use your phone normally – but uploading videos consumes a lot of battery life and can cause your battery to run out sooner.

You can also download YouTube videos later by adding them to a queue. This is useful if you're currently using 4G and want to save big files for when you have Wi-Fi. Tap the red 'Download' button once more when you're satisfied. The video will download in the background when you use your phone normally – but uploading videos consumes a lot of battery life and can cause your battery to run out sooner.


Depending on which Apple OS you're using, the method of uploading YouTube clips differs slightly. You'll need our first version if you're using iOS on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and our second method if you're using OS X or MacOS on an I.

On iOS, the trick is to download Documents, a smart little tool. It's mostly a file manager, but it can also stream YouTube videos. The procedure is a little fiddly, but it's always easy.

To begin, open the YouTube app for iOS or Safari and search for the video you want to download. Tap the 'Share' button, then 'Copy Link' once you've reached it.
How to download YouTube videos for free

Open Documents and aim for the little compass at the bottom right of the screen, which is the web browser button. Go to by tapping on that. Paste the YouTube clip's URL into the large input window, choose your preferred content choices, and the file will begin to download.

When it's over, go to the Documents' downloads section and drag it over to 'Photos > Camera Roll' to make it accessible from outside the Documents5 app.


How to download YouTube videos for free

On a Mac, there are a plethora of alternatives, but MacX YouTube Downloader is one of the most straightforward (also available for Windows). You can import several clips at once by simply adding the connection and selecting the quality options.

Continue reading to learn more about video formats and quality settings for YouTube video downloads.


YouTube Premium downloads content

If you have a YouTube Premium account, you would be able to stream videos to watch offline without the use of third-party apps. Using the YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Game applications, you can do this. Keep in mind that you can only watch the videos you've downloaded using the app; you can't transfer the video file to another computer or watch it with a new player.

Begin viewing a movie, then choose a quality setting by tapping the ‘Download' button (a gray arrow) underneath the player. You can find the video in your Library or Account tab after it has successfully downloaded from YouTube.

You must be logged in to watch downloaded videos, and you won't be able to respond to them with feedback or likes if you're watching them offline.

Is it possible to download YouTube videos in different formats?

Video downloading applications normally offer you a variety of file formats. MP4, 3GP, AVI, and MOV are the most common; the software and content settings you choose will influence what you will watch your video on and how good it is.

3GP is the file format to use if you don't care about video accuracy. It's great for small-screen phones and terrible for anything else, but the files are small, which is essential on older phones that don't have much on-board storage or ram expansion options.

For other computers, MOV is Apple's video format which is compatible with all Macs, AVI was created by Microsoft and is compatible with all PCs, and MP4 is the video equivalent of MP3 which is compatible with almost everything. We recommend using MP4 for full compatibility.

How about video quality?

The video quality is the next decision you'll have to make. You'll be offered a choice of video sources if you import using a tool like ClipConverter – a method described on the previous page of this post. This is due to YouTube's ability to broadcast in a variety of formats, ranging from 3GP for older phones to 1080p high definition for large HD screens.

Aside from 3GP, your screen, smartphone, or tablet has four resolution options: 360p, 480p, 720p, and 1080p. The key is to strike a balance between quality and file size: unless you're viewing on a really large screen, you can actually do without 1080p quality unless you have a lot of extra capacity (though 360p video won't look fine on an HD display).

Unless you have infinite storage space, finding the lowest video output you can handle on the monitor you'll be viewing the video on is normally the trade-off.

If you're downloading a video or audio, it doesn't matter what video quality you select because the soundtrack is the same bitrate when you choose 480p or 1080p. Since YouTube's audio and video sources are different, changing the video quality has little effect on the soundtrack quality.


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