When it comes to video content, YouTube is king. From tutorials about things to music and movie videos, YouTube has always been the platform of choice. It has over 2 billion users worldwide. It is the second most popular social media platform next to Facebook, with 79% of internet users saying they have a YouTube account.
As popular as it is, YouTube does not have an easy download button for videos that are sometimes hard to find. Most people want to download these videos before they disappear from the platform. The good news is that there are a few ways you can easily download a YouTube video. A word of caution, though, downloading YouTube videos from the free version violates its terms of service. For this reason, most of the videos are riddled with spamware and shady ads.
Without further ado, here now are the steps for downloading YouTube videos.
Get YouTube Premium
This is the most simple way to download YouTube videos. One of the perks of YouTube Premium is that you can download videos for offline viewing from the platform itself. In addition, it does not breach YouTube’s terms of service. However, a Premium subscription can be costly. For a monthly subscription, you will pay $11.99 with a one-month free trial.
In addition, downloading is only available on mobile devices, and the videos can be downloaded only from the native app. Furthermore, you cannot move them anywhere and they will expire after your subscription runs out.
4K Video Downloader
If you like to download other videos aside from YouTube, consider getting the 4K Video Downloader app. It is available for macOS, Windows, and Ubuntu Linux and offers various options beyond just downloading content.
With the app, you can save full playlists and channels from YouTube, schedule videos automatically downloaded from a YouTube channel, and save videos from various video/audio formats. 4K Video Downloader allows extracting YouTube subtitles from videos and downloading 360-degree and 3D videos. To download the video, copy and paste the URL link of the YouTube video into the 4K Video Downloader app.
4K Video Downloader is available in free and premium versions. The former contains ads and offers a limited number of playlists, channels, and subtitles for downloading. The latter, on the other hand, removes those limitations for a one-time fee of $15. With the Premium version, you can use the software on three devices indefinitely.
A major drawback of using online services for downloading YouTube videos is that they don’t last long. Some of them don’t work anymore. However, there are other services that have been around for a while and fairly reliable.
One of the cleanest looking is U2convert. The service offers a simple UI allowing you to paste a YouTube URL and downloaded the video in just a couple of clicks. It is available in free and premium versions. The free version allows downloading of YouTube videos in lowly 360p resolution. If you want to download high-resolution videos, you have to pay for the premium service.
When downloading videos, it may open in another window. Right-click the video and choose “Save link as” to download and save it on your computer.
Another decent online downloading service is Keepvid.ch. The platform provides more offerings in terms of quality. However, it constantly prompts you to download a desktop client called Vidus that expands your options.
Downloading Your Videos
If you are looking to download only the videos you uploaded to YouTube, here are the steps:
- Click your profile pic in the upper right corner of the YouTube app
- Choose studio
- You can now download each of your videos from the three-dot menu next to them.
With these steps, you can now enjoy and watch YouTube videos anytime you want, even without an internet connection.