It was more than five years ago, in September 2013, when YouTube announced that it would add viewing without connection to its mobile applications. However, this did not happen.
The company recently launched YouTube Go, an official application to download videos in countries where mobile data is too expensive to be watching YouTube videos.
There is also service now premium (the so-called YouTube Premium) that allows users to certain passes (including Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina or Colombia) download YouTube content to watch it later offline.
The only problem is that YouTube Premium is a paid service. If you are going to download videos regularly, you can say that then it is worth its cost of 11.99 per month, but if you just want to download an occasional clip, it may not be worth it.
The good news is that it is easy to download videos from YouTube on your computer. In this article we explain how to save them on your PC, smartphone or tablet
We recommend you take into account the ethics and legality of downloading videos from YouTube: s that it is legal to download a video if you are only going to see it yourself and you will not publish it on any site or share it.
Below we explain all the options available to download and save YouTube videos on your computer, laptop, phone or tablet
Option 1. Download videos with YouTube Premium
If you are a YouTube Premium subscriber, then downloading YouTube videos is easy. However, keep in mind that you can only do it using official YouTube or YouTube Gaming applications, which means you cannot use Premium to download videos on your computer, only on a phone or tablet
To download, simply open the application and go to the video you want to download. Under the player you should see a download icon, tap on that icon, choose the video quality you want to download, and that's it.
Once the video has been downloaded, the icon below will change to blue. You can find all the videos downloaded in the Library or Account tabs.
Option 2. Download YouTube videos using a web browser
If you want to download videos from YouTube directly to a computer, the easiest way is through your browser.
Although they exist plugins Video download for certain web browsers, the easiest way to download is to copy and paste the video URL you want to a specific website.
There are many who offer this service for free, but they often close.
One that currently works is DLNowSoft. This option is free and has no ads. However, it also has a policy that restricts the download of copyrighted content, such as music.
Another page is VidPaw. You can copy and paste the URL of your YouTube video, or simply add the word 'paw' after youtube to the original URL to go to the download page.
We found that the highest resolution cannot always be downloaded, so the video below is limited to 720p even though the original is in 1080p.
If for some reason the MP4 video format is not the format you want, Freemake Video Converter You can convert downloaded videos to other formats. You can also use ClipConverter, a free online tool that downloads videos from YouTube and converts them into the format of your choice.
If you are going to use pages like DLNowSoft or ClipConverter to download videos from YouTube, this is the process you will have to follow:
- Go to www.youtube.com and find a video you want to download. Copy the URL from the browser address bar.
- Then go to the video downloader website. Place the cursor in the video URL box and press Ctrl-V to paste the copied address. If there are options, such as resolution or format, such as MP4 or MP3 (which is audio only), choose what you want and click Download.
- Find the video file in the 'downloads' folder. You can also copy the file to another computer or transfer it to another device (the following explains how to convert videos for free using Freemake and Any Video Converter).
Option 3. Download videos from YouTube using a Windows application
Like web pages, there are many programs to download videos from YouTube. One of these (paid) programs that we particularly like and that is worthwhile is YouTube ByClick (We explain below).
If you want a free option, try WinX YouTube Downloader. This program will ask you to upgrade to the full version that includes conversion to other formats (including MP3), but if you don't need to convert the files, you won't have to pay anything.
The process is practically identical to which we have explained lines above to download through a web page: the video URL is copied and pasted into the application.
Then, choose any option that is requested, such as the resolution you want, and press the Download button. Most applications allow you to create a list of videos and then download them at once. Some even allow you to paste into a YouTube playlist and automatically download all videos.
Others are limited time demonstrations, such as DLNow Video Downloader, which offers you a 30-day trial version. It's longer than YouTubeByClick, which only allows you to try it for 24 hours.
Option 4. Download YouTube playlists
Sometimes you have to pay for it software If you want to complicate your life. YouTube ByClick It greatly facilitates the download of videos – or simply audio – from YouTube.
All you have to do is copy the URL of a video and a pop-up window will ask if you want to download the audio or video. Or you can set a default value and not even ask: automatically download the MP3 or MP4 with the default quality.
If the video is part of a playlist, you can click on the Download playlist button and a pop-up window like the one shown below will appear, in which you can choose the videos you want from the playlist. A simple click on the Download button is all you need after that.
You get a free trial day to see if you like the program, but after that day you will have to pay.
Option 5. Download YouTube music
Instead of wanting to download the entire video, you may want to download only the audio from a video on YouTube.
The easiest way to do this is to use one of the navigation services mentioned above as ClipConverter and set the format to MP3 – in this way you only download the audio track, without any of the video sequences.
It should be noted that you can also download music as part of YouTube Music Premium, a somewhat cheaper service than the premium pack full YouTube. You can download songs and even music videos, but keep in mind that it is limited to music, that is, you cannot download other types of videos.
Option 6. Download videos in a smartphone or tablet
Beyond the official YouTube Premium service, there are other applications that allow you to download videos directly on your Android phone (it is somewhat more complicated on an iPhone). We have written separate tutorials for them:
Do not forget to keep in mind that you can always download the files to your PC or laptop using the above methods and then copy them to your phone or tablet.
For Android devices, simply copy the MP4 files to the appropriate folder, usually Movies, using the file browser. You can play them using the Galley application or another video player.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, import the file into iTunes and then sync it with your iOS device. You can also drag and drop files to your iPhone or iPad through the Applications tab by clicking on your device in iTunes.
All you need is an application, such as Good Reader or another video playback application that can transfer files using this method.
If you do not want to use iTunes and do not mind paying, Waltr 2 is an excellent utility for copying videos, music and other files to your iOS device to appear in native applications.
Option 7. Download music from YouTube to PC with software
In addition to converters on-line, you can also exist software Free and secure to download music from YouTube to PC. One of them is 5KPlayer, which can play, download and stream video and music.
In a few steps, you can download your favorite music to your computer. Click Paste URL & Analyze and, once the result returns, click on the gear icon and choose Audio. Finally, click on Download.
You may find other 5KPlayer features very useful. You can save a YouTube playlist, download more than one video at a time, resume from a breakpoint, convert the local video to MP3 / AAC, trim the video
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