Youtube is the second most used website in the world just next to Google. May it be a simple how to video to style your hair or upcoming movie trailer or music or complex car repair tutorial, we rely on this video giant literally for everything. Though it’s a good idea to stream videos online and save the hard drive space, there are many good reasons for downloading Youtube videos to our local storage. Offline videos will help us enjoy our favorite videos even when we stuck up in a location where there’s no usable internet connection available. Above all it aids in the considerable amount of saving in data pack.
When you are on a smart phone, you can save Youtube videos to offline with a single click. It’s the most straight forward and easiest way to download Youtube Videos offline. But these videos can be played back only up to 48 hours. After that, you have to re-sync it to your account again. As it sounds, it’s not a reliable method for saving a video.
Here we have listed many different ways to download YouTube videos exclusively to your computer / smartphone / Tablet. All of these methods are tested by us and are 100% working. Choose a method that you think is the most feasible for you.
How To Download Videos From Youtube?
This tutorial covers 4 different ways to download videos from Youtube. Each one of them is explained below in detail.
1 .Use Youtube Download Extension – The Fastest Way
2.Use Youtube Video Downloader Websites
3.Use Third Party Software
4.Use Browser Extensions
5.Download Youtube Videos Through Url Modification
1.Install Youtube Download Extension (The Fastest Way)
Installing the Youtube download extension is one of the fastest and simplest ways to download any video from Youtibe. Imagine how it would be if Youtube comes with the built in download button just next to the standard “subscribe”? The so called YouTube Extension savefrom.net does this exact job.
1.Savefrom.net Youtube Download Extension
By using this free Youtube Downloader, you can download both video and audio in your desired format and quality. Once this downloader is installed, it will add the “Download” button next to subscribe button in Youtube across all existing browsers (During the installation you will be prompted to choose the browsers of your choice). Download this Extension, Install it in your system and you will say that it’s the best Youtube Video Downloader you have ever used.
This software does not contain any malware. So you can download it without any fear.
After the installation, open youtube.com. Now you can see the “Download” extension added to the video that is currently played in youtube. Click on “Download” and save to your hard drive.
Besides to Youtube, this extension can be used to download videos from over 40 websites that includes Facebook,Vk.com, Dailymotion, SoundCloud and many more.
Download Mp3 Via Ummy Downloader
Ummy downloader comes as bundled software along with Savefrom.net YouTube Downloader. You can enable or disable this feature through the settings page.
Click the download button and choose “Mp3 via Ummy“.
2.Use Youtube Video Download Websites Online
Using the Youtube download extension is the most convenient way to download youtube videos. There’s no denying on that. But usually the software installations are restricted in the places like offices, school and college laboratories. If it happens to stuck up in any of these places and still you want to download your favorite videos, you can use the web based video downloader websites to serve this purpose. The following sites are pretty safe, fast and reliable. Give a try. You won’t regret it.
This method will work fine for the machines that run on windows/Unix/Linux operating system and android devices .However, these methods will not be effective for IOS as they don’t support the direct saving of any videos from internet.
You can find hundreds of online Youtube Video downloader websites all over the internet. The following sites provide an outstanding bug-free service. Now let’s see how to download Youtube Videos using video downloader websites online.
When it comes to using the web based video downloaders, Clipconverter is being the favorite choice of many tech savvy people around the world. It offers the neat uncluttered interface which makes downloading process simpler.
Just paste the url of your desired video and click continue. It will show different download qualities and sizes to choose from. As it shows size information for each quality video prior to download, you can have complete control over your downloads. It also facilitates trimming of Youtube videos to specific length of your choice.
Keepvid takes video url as input and shows a list of download urls with various qualities in back. Apart from Youtube, it offers support for 30 other websites which includes Soundcloud, Vimeo,Vine,Liveleak etc. Choose your desired quality of audio or video; right click on the link and save it to your hard drive or other supporting devices. In keepvid, you can see an animated advertisement asking to click or download. Do not click on the advertisement; it will inject an annoying adware into your system.
This one in our list is a free Java Based Youtube Downloader. So in order to utilize this site, you should have a Java enabled browser on your machine. It downloads videos faster than all other websites listed under the free to use category.
Input a url,It will show you a long list of all possible video and audio formats with quality and size information. Click on download and save the desired format into your hard drive.
Converttoaudio.com also offers a bookmarklet using which you can do a single click download / conversion when you are on video website.
VideoGrabber is truly an all in one video editing tool. By using this tool, you can download Videos from Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Google Video and many more. Besides to providing the video and audio conversions, it also lets the user to do the screen recording.
When you paste the Youtube Url for the first time, you will be asked to install a piece of software called “App launcher“. Install it in your system so this downloader can show the available video conversions in a pop up window.The following video explain how this tool works in a precise way. Check it out.
I have already explained this site in detail. Besides to Youtube Download extension, savefrom.net also supports online video download. Paste the url into text box and click go. You will get a list of different quality video urls with a download link. Download the video or audio as per your requirement.
To extract the audio file/ mp3 from video, you have to install Ummy Video Downloader.
3.Use Third Party Software
The only problem with the web based Youtube downloader is; sometimes they will take lot longer to download a single file. If all you need is a faster download, consider installing the third party software programs on your computer.
Before downloading any third party software from the internet install a malware detection utility like Malwarebytes in your system which will protect your machine from all the harmful agents.
So, how to download Videos from YouTube using third party software? The process is quite straight forward. You will paste the Youtube Url into the software program, it will automatically download the Video in its highest quality version, most probably in MP4 format.
1.Any Video Converter (Windows / Mac Ox)
Free to $49.95
When it comes to third party software for downloading Youtube Videos, Any Video Converter is our first Go to choice. Here is why.
- Besides to downloading the Youtube Videos, this software supports batch download and batch conversion functions.
- It supports more than 50 file formats which includes AVI,MKV,WMV and the many. Using this tool, you can tailor the videos to any kind of device.For example, you can convert the mp4 video files to suit your Apple devices in AAC format.
- You can also cut any video or audio file to the desired length of your choice by inputting the start and end parameters.
- Using this software, you can also merge multiple files of varying formats into a single file.
Here are the steps to download videos from Youtube.
Navigate to the Official website of Any Video Converter. Download the software program and start installing.
Follow the on screen instructions. During the installation opt out the unnecessary software programs by simply not agreeing to their terms.
Launch Any Video Converter. Paste the Url of your favorite Youtube Video. Choose the format and click convert. This is it. You are all done.
The best thing about this software is, while downloading the Youtube Videos by pasting the Url, you can choose the desired video format tailoring to your device on the same screen.
2.Win X Youtube Downloader (Windows)
It is one of the best free multi threaded video downloaders available with 0 cost. Using this software, you can download multiple Youtube files from all the integrated browsers all at once without any slowdown in download speed. Apart from Youtube, Facebook, MTV, Dailymotion and other well known sites, it offers support for 300+ other sites. You can check the complete list of video supporting sites by clicking here. This video downloader can download 4k/8k videos easily even at its high resolutions (4096×2160, 3840×2160, 1920×1080, and 1080×720). This software comes with 0 costs and it’s completely free from malware, spy ware, ad ware and virus.
3.ClipGrab ( Windows/Mac/Linux)
This Youtube Downloader software provides an official support for 3 of the online video webistes Youtube, Dailymotion and Metacafe. Unofficially it supports lots of other video websites as well. If you want to download a video from the official supported websites, you can do it right from the screen of Clipgrab.
Here is how you can download Youtube Videos Using ClipGrab
Download Clipgrab, Execute the .exe file and follow the onscreen instructions.
Once the installation is finished, Launch the application, paste the url, pick the desired format and start downloading
This software supports hand full of video and audio formats. You can extract mp3 from any video. It is a tried and 100% working trick of those who don’t want to spend money on music.
ClipGraph facilitates downloading of into your iOS devices as well. This software does not cost a dime since it’s a freeware. But if you like the software and you find it useful, consider making a small donation. Being Nice is awesome.
4.YTD Video Downloader ( Windows 7/8/10 and Mac Os)
Free or $29.90/year;
YTD do the usual thing of downloading and converting Youtube Videos but it’s not the only thing it does. It supports downloading videos from Faceboook, Dailymotion, Vimeo and 60 other popular websites. You can use this software free or for a small fee of paying $29 dollar per year. YTD free Youtube downloader itself supports retry / resume video download. This feature is not usually found in other Video downloader software programs that fall under this same category.
Paying for the premium version unlocks several useful features which include YouTube play lists download, download acceleration, Ad free experience etc. YTD offers apps for both android and IOS platforms. However, iOS version would not save your video directly into your device but they do provide the instructions to get it into your iOs devices.
How To Download Videos Using YTD Youtube Downloader
Download the YTD downloader and install it in your device.
Launch the application and start downloading the unlimited videos at 2x faster speed.
During the installation, YTD installs a toolbar (no option to escape) that forcedly changes the default search engine to Yahoo and adds extra five to six unnecessary shopping extensions to the Google Chrome browser. Personally I find this issue as more annoying. Otherwise this software program is worth considering.
5.Free Make Video Downloader ( Windows 7/8/10 and Mac Os)
- Besides to supporting the general video, audio file formats, free Make Video Downloader supports handful of HD video formats like “AVCHD, M2TS, MTS, MOD, TOD, HD MOV, FLV, VOB”
- This software is loaded with more than 410 handset profiles which includes the latest releases like iPhone 6s (Plus), Samsung Galaxy Note/S, iPad Air/2, iPad Mini 4/Pro, Nexus 8, HTC one etc. It means you can directly set the output file format tailoring to your particular device.
- This free utility also supports the other video editing functions like trimming; add sub titles, merging of multiple files etc.
- The best part is, free make video downloader let the user to download the highest quality video at 8X faster speed.
4.Use Browser Extension
If you are not a fan of third party software program, you can make your video downloading task much easier with the addition of simple add-ons to your browser. However, due to the restrictions imposed by Google, most of the popular Youtube downloader extensions have disabled the “Youtube Video Download” functionality in their extensions. So do not search any extensions serving this purpose in chrome store. It’s waste of time. To get around this problem you have to install the extensions directly from the developer website. There are tons of such extensions are available. Here I have listed the best ones. Take a look.
How It Works ?
Once browser add ons are installed in your browser, it will automatically add the download button under every Youtube Video. It will also populate a list of available video formats to choose from. Click on the desired video format and click download and save it in your hard drive.
Note : The most popular Chrome browser extension “Video Downloader professional” will no longer support the Youtube Downloads. But it works fine as usual with all other video websites. This developer offers another plug-in that works well with all browsers including chrome in his official website. You can get this plugin through Videodownloaderulmitate.com
Best Browser Add ons To Download Youtube Videos
Supported Browsers : FireFox
Supported Browsers : Chrome / Firefox / Safari
Supported Browsers : For Chrome / Opera / Firefox
Supported Browsers : FireFox/Chrome/Safari/Internet Explorer/ All Chromium Based Browsers
Supported Browsers: Firefox / Chrome
5.How To Download Youtue Videos Without Helper ?
1.Add “ss” before Youtube Url
When you are on Youtube.com add ss before youtube domain url and press enter. You will be redirected to the savefrom.net website. From there you can download the video as usual.
Normal Url : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cu6zH92MaM
Url For Downloading : https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=6cu6zH92MaM
2.Add “dlv” Before Youtube Url
Add dlv before the Youtube Url. It will take you to the screen of Tubeninja.net. There you can find download links for all possible formats for your chosen Url. Click on the download link and start downloading.
Here dlv stands for download video
Normal Youtube Url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wp_yfdsdhc
Url For Downloading : https://www.dlvyoutube.com/watch?v=1Wp_yfdsdhc
3.Use the tail word “Monkey” with Youtube
Add the word “Monkey” after “Youtube” in the download url. This will redirect you to the website YoutubeMonkey.com. Here you can find the download file of your desired Url in 20+ different formats. Choose your desired link and click download.
Normal Url : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgKAFK5djSk
Url For Downloading : https://www.youtubemonkey.com/watch?v=RgKAFK5djSk
Every single method described in the tutorial, “how to download videos from Youtube” is tested by us personally before making this post. Hope it will do the trick for you as well. Did you find this post useful? Do you know any other fastest ways to download Youtube videos? What’s your favorite method? Let us know in the comment section.