5 Ways to Download YouTube Videos

Did you know YouTube has become the second largest search engine following Google? It has total 1.9 billion monthly active users, as of September 2018. The site is popular for its wide range of videos in different categories like news, entertainment, academic lectures, cooking tutorials, make-up tutorials, and many more. However, YouTube doesn’t allow you to download videos directly from its site.

But, there is a wide range of tools that allows you to do so, on different operating systems, including Windows, Macintosh, Ubuntu, and more. Here are some ways in which you can save your favorite videos from YouTube and watch them even when you are offline.

5 Ways to Download YouTube Videos

Here is a list of how to download YouTube videos.


Are you trying to save your favorite song on YouTube? Save unlimited YouTube videos simply using KeepVid. You just have to copy-paste the URL of the video you want to download into the URL field on the KeepVid webpage and then, click on the ‘Download’ option. Then, a Java popup dialogue box appears. You either have to click on ‘Allow’ or ‘Run’. Next, you can choose from available video formats and quality specifications. Moreover, with KeepVid, you can also download videos from Facebook, Lynda, Vimeo, and many more.


Zamzar has its own way of downloading YouTube videos. To start the process, you will have to choose the ‘Download Video’ tab, from the homepage of Zamzar. You will be asked to fill in several fields. In Step 1, copy-paste the URL of the video you want to download. In Step 2, select the file format in which you want to save the video. Fill in your email address in Step 3 and then click on ‘Convert’. Zamzar will convert your desired video and mail you a link from where you can download the video.


Do want to download videos for iOS devices? Airy is an easy and secure solution for downloading YouTube videos on Mac. It is an efficient and user-friendly app that allows you to select suitable video quality. One of its appealing features is that it can extract audio files from videos without hampering their quality. It supports many web browser formats and can easily save many videos at the same time.


One of the free tools that can be used for downloading videos on Windows PC is VDownloader. Not just YouTube, it allows you to download videos from different sources such as Facebook, Vimeo, blip.tv, Instagram, Twitch.tv, Twitter, and many more. With a single click, it downloads videos into your PC in the required format and quality. It is an extremely fast tool for converting and downloading videos in your system.


You can download infinite videos with 3 simple steps by using convert2mp3.net (discontinued). First, select a video on YouTube, Dailymotion, or on the converter home page. Then copy and paste the link of the video on the box provided on the site and select the format of the video and convert the file. The tool is free, extremely fast and moreover, there is no need for registration to use this converter.

How to download YouTube videos on phones?

In my experience, the best way to download YouTube videos on mobile phones is by using this site VideoDer.

  • Installing the app from their website (not available on Play store)
  • Open YouTube in the app.
  • Search for the video.
  • Tap on the download button and select the download link that pops up.
  • Alternatively, you can share a video on Youtube app to Videoder and the download link will pop-up.

There are more applications and sites that you can use if you such as, 4K Video Downloader, ClipConverter.cc, Tubedown.net, and others that can help you to download and store your favorite videos. However, always have a good anti-virus installed on your system for its protection, before proceeding.

Because I cannot vouch for the security of these apps. Most of them are sketchy and sometimes can result in privacy breach. Please install and use the apps/websites mentioned above with caution.

Note: I do not support piracy or illegal download of content from YouTube. Above mentioned ways are purely for research purposes.

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