Downloading a YouTube video is a controversial topic. Some say it’s OK and some say it’s not but anyways here is How to Download videos from YouTube for personal use.
First, let’s get the point of is it legal to download YouTube videos straight. If you consider Google’s terms of service for YouTube, it says: “You shall not download any Content unless you see a ‘download’ or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content.”
Why is it not OK to download YouTube videos? The answer is simple: “Money.” If you view a video offline, it doesn’t show the ad and if it doesn’t show the ad, Google doesn’t earn money along with the creator who made the video.
But sometimes you do need a video for offline use. Maybe you want to download tutorials and want to practice and view them later. Maybe you want to save a video of making a cake which you want to view where there is no internet. The reasons could be many. It’s up to you to keep the downloaded video for personal use only. If you want to share the video with someone, YouTube makes it very easy to do that and provides several ways from social sharing to embedding to emailing etc.
- Note: This is a developing article so new ways will be added when we find one.
Use Software to Download YouTube Videos
When it comes to the best ways to download YouTube videos, using software is the way to go. It just allows you to have the highest possible resolution video downloaded and that too mostly in MP4 format.
Freemake Video Downloader (Free)
Freemake is a software that, according to the makers, can download video from over 10,000 sites. They have a user base of around 83 million and they feel no shame in bragging about it “Loved by 83 Million users,”. As far as YouTube videos are concerned, the software lets you save videos in multiple formats and also allows you to download multiple videos at once. Freemake also offer the Freemake YouTube to MP3 Boom which lets you download videos in MP3 format, especially useful if you only interested in music.
Airy ($19.95; Mac/Windows)
Airy is another software that lets you download YouTube videos very easily. Just copy the video link to Airy, set the quality and format and let the airy do its magic. It even lets you download full playlists. The software can also integrate with your browser so it’s a one-click job to download your favorite video. Airy only works with YouTube so if you are interested in downloading videos from other sites also, you have to look elsewhere.
User Websites to Download YouTube Videos
If you don’t want to download any software for the purpose of downloading YouTube vdoes, you can use helper sites that pretty much do the same thing as software but with few limitations. There are hundred of these sites currently operating like SaveFrom, FLVto, GrabClip, VideoGrabber.net, keepdownloading, getvideo.at, TubeOffline etc.
Some of them even take the ease further by providing you nifty shortcuts to move the url of the video directly to the download service. For example, you can add “ss” between “www.” and “YouTube” to download the video through SaveFrom.net site. Another example includes adding “vd” after “www.” to “youtube.com” (vdyoutube.com) will take you VDYouTube site.
ClipCoverter.cc needs no introduction. It is a very popular website that supports several video hosting platforms. The website lets you download videos in multiple formats indulging Mp3 and Mp4. iI also offers browser add-ons for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Browser Extensions also help you save a step when it comes to downloading videos but sing them to download YouTube videos is not a straight-forward task. As you all know, YouTube is owned by Google and the mostly popular browser “Chrome” is also owned by Google so naturally, they won’t allow such extensions to exist in their store. Extensions that do exist clearly state this thing. One such extension Video Downloader professional— has clearly mentioned this thing in its description and states: “The download of YouTube videos to hard drive is locked because of restrictions of the Chrome Store.”
FastestTube is a third-party browser extension, once installed, gives you a little download button below the video that lets you select the format in which you want to download the video and just download it in one click. Supported browsers are Opera, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chromium-based browsers.
Video DownloadHelper extension also supports several websites and a bunch of format options for download. a premium version of the extension (available for $28.50) also allows you to convert those videos. Only Firefox supports this feature for now.
Download YouTube Videos on Mobile
- Download and Install both apps.
- Open TubeMate.
- TubeMate will open YouTube by default.
- Open the video that you want to download.
- Click on Download icon.
- Select resolution and download.
The video will be downloaded in the background. MP3 converter is needed to convert video audio and the process will be done automatically.