There are many reasons why we would want to watch YouTube offline. A long road trip, perhaps, spotty network coverage, data caps, a boring flight, and the list goes on. So you want to know how to download Youtube videos? In this article, we will show you how to download YouTube videos for watching offline whenever you want.
Editor’s note: Except through YouTube Red, downloading YouTube videos is in a bit of a legal gray area. Even if it’s unlikely to get you into trouble, do it at your own risk. Also remember that downloading these videos means less ad revenue for the content producers you love.
1. Save the videos via the YouTube app
This is by far the most convenient way of making sure that you have your favorite videos ready whenever you want them, and to watch YouTube offline — and it’s also the most ethical. However, it does require that you have a subscription to YouTube Red, which costs $9.99/month after the free trial.
Simply open the YouTube app, navigate to the chosen video, and tap the Save button that appears below the video title. From there, you have a couple of choices regarding the quality that you prefer: 360p or 720p. It’s really that easy!
2. Use your web browser
There is a plethora of websites that will show you how to download YouTube videos, and they do so by taking the URL of the video, finding the video on the page, and then converting it into a standard format, for example MP4 or MP3. In this example we will highlight “youtubeinmp4,” which is just one of many potential options.
In one tab, navigate to www.youtube.com, and in a second tab, navigate to www.youtubeinmp4.com. On YouTube, find the video you want to download, select the URL, and copy it to your clipboard. Then switch to the second tab and paste that link into the box that reads: “Enter Your YouTube Link Here.” Click the Download MP4 button. From there, you will be able to download the content in a variety of formats such as MP4 and MP3, and even more via the More Formats button. The file should start to download automatically, but beware of pop-ups.
This method will also work with videos from Vimeo, though I was only able to download in MP4 when I tried.
3. There’s an app for that…
…And it is called TubeMate. I would always be a little bit skeptical of downloading apps that are not from the Play Store, but this one is very popular, so just be careful and download it straight from the developer’s website.
The first thing you need to do is enable the setting that allows you to install apps from other sources. It can be found by going to Settings — Lock Screen — Security, and tapping the switch Unknown Sources. Alternately, this can also be done during installation and, at least on my Galaxy S6, it allows me to allow only a single installation.
Next, navigate to TubeMate’s website and choose the download location of your choice. They have all been properly verified by the creator who also warns against downloading the app from anywhere but the list provided. Install the APK file, and when you open it and accept the terms, you will be greeted by the YouTube homepage.
In version 2.4.0, when you choose a video, there will be a green arrow at the top of the app. Tap that and you will be able to choose the quality of the download. In version 3.0, you will need to tap the pink action button to reach the same menu.
This method can also be used to save videos from a variety of sources including Vimeo and DailyMotion.
How to download YouTube videos – Conclusion
Now you know how to download YouTube videos, and to watch YouTube offline. If there are any other methods that you use on a regular basis to download YouTube videos and watch YouTube offline, we invite you to share them with us and the community by leaving a comment below.
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