YouTube is the default video streaming platform for almost everyone with Internet access. Be it movie trailers, live events, comedy sketches, tutorials, or a Web series – YouTube is the home to it all, then some more. But you don’t always have access to a Wi-Fi or data connection, and in such situations, the ability to watch YouTube videos offline comes in handy. But how do you download YouTube videos on your mobile or desktop for offline viewing? Here are a few methods you can download YouTube videos and enjoy them when you don’t have Internet access.
But before we go ahead, here’s a quick disclaimer. This how-to article is only to help users download YouTube videos for their convenience, and strictly not for copyright infringement. You should ideally download videos only when the creator allows it, and should use the downloaded file responsibly. With that being said, here’s a quick and easy guide to help you download YouTube videos on mobile and desktop.
How to download YouTube videos using the official app
The YouTube app for Android and iOS allows users to download videos for offline viewing, provided the video is not private and the creator allows it. Moreover, it is not a proper local file download, as you can only watch the video in the YouTube app, and not in any other video player or share it as a file.
Open the YouTube app on your phone and enter the search keywords for the video you are looking for.
Once the app pulls up the video results, tap on the three dot symbol corresponding to the video you want to download.
Tap on the Download button in the window that appears. Once you do, YouTube will ask you to select video quality.
After you have selected the video quality, it will start downloading in the background.
In case you are watching a video and want to save it for offline viewing, just tap on the Download button (down arrow) below the video title. In this case as well, YouTube will ask you to choose the video quality.
Once the download is complete, you’ll see a “View” button at the bottom. Tap on it and you’ll be taken to your offline YouTube downloads page in the app.
How to download YouTube videos using YouTube Go app
The YouTube Go app is a less data-hungry version of the YouTube app designed for low-end Android phones. It also allows users to download videos for offline viewing, and here’s how you can do it.
- Download the YouTube Go app on your phone and open it.
- Search the video you want to save for offline viewing using the search box at the top.
- Tap on the video you seek to download. Doing so will open a window that will let you select between Data Saver, Standard Quality, and High Quality options. Now, choose the video quality and press the blue Download button. Unlike the standard YouTube app, you can’t pick up the video resolution in YouTube Go app.
- Once the download is complete, go back a page or the homepage, and tap on the Download button at the bottom to see the videos you have downloaded.
How to download YouTube videos using Snaptube
Snaptube is a third-party media download app that can download videos and audio clips from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and a host of other platforms. It is not listed on the Google Play Store, but can be downloaded from the dedicated Snaptube website and a host of other third-party app repositories. Also, it is available only on Android, and not iOS.
- Download the Snaptube app for Android from Snaptubeapp.com and install it.
- Open the app on your Android phone and tap on the YouTube icon in the top right corner to open a YouTube app interface.
- Search the video you want to download and tap on it. Once the video starts playing, tap on the yellow Download icon at the bottom left corner of the screen.
- Tapping on the Download button opens a window where you can choose the video resolution. Select the resolution, and then tap on the Download button to save the video. You can also change the file name and adjust the download path at this stage.
- Unlike YouTube, the videos downloaded via Snaptube are saved in the phone’s local storage and can be shared as a file on apps or as an attachment without any issues.
How to download YouTube videos on desktop
How to download YouTube videos using 4K Downloader
4K Downloader is a software that can help you download YouTube videos on your PC or macOS with relative ease. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and has a simple interface that only involves an easy copy-paste process to locally download YouTube videos.
- Open the browser of your choice and go to the 4KDownloader page. Choose the OS (Windows, macOS, and Linux) and click on the corresponding Download button. Once the download has finished, install the software package.
- Now, open YouTube on your Web browser and copy the video URL from the address bar at the top.
- Open the 4K Video Downloader software and tap on the green Paste Link button to add the video link you’ve copied.
- Doing so will parse the video and then will let you select the video format and resolution in which you want to do it by clicking on the corresponding tick box. You can also set the download destination by clicking on the Choose button. Once it is done, click on the Download button to save the video on your PC or Mac.
How to download YouTube videos using a website
One of the simplest ways to download a YouTube video involves copying and pasting the video URL on a website page and pressing the download button. Yes, that’s just it. There are two websites that allow you to download YouTube videos with such ease – Save From Net and VDYouTube. Here’s how you can use these websites to easily to download YouTube videos.
Save From Net
- Go to YouTube on your Web browser and open the video you want to download for offline viewing.
- Copy the video URL from the address bar at the top and go to Save From Net website.
- Paste the video link in the Just insert a link box. Doing so will parse the YouTube video and bring it up.
- Select the video format and quality adjacent to the green Download button, and then click on the Download button to save the YouTube video locally on your PC.
- Go to YouTube on your Web browser and open the video you want to download on your PC.
- Copy the video URL from the address bar at the top and go to VDYouTube website.
- Paste the video URL in the Search video or type URL search field and tap on the green Go button to parse the video.
- Once the video is pulled up, scroll down and select the resolution to save the video locally.