YouTube doesn't offer video download option natively. Although YouTube announced a brand-new subscription "YouTube Red" allowing users to save YouTube videos to mobile devices for offline viewing, many people are still unwilling to pay $9.99 every month for this service. This is because there are many ways out there helping them free download videos from YouTube. And all the best ways to download YouTube videos will be compiled and reviewed in this post. Hope you can find the one you love.
Tip: Before any further, you may need to know if it is legal to download YouTube videos.
1. Free YouTube Video Downloader Software
There are a great deal of top free YouTube downloader software in the market, such as WinX YouTube Downloader, TubeBox and MacTubes. Considering that many readers are Windows OS users, here we will spend a little more time on introducing a Windows-based downloader program - WinX YouTube Downloader. This software is specially designed to free download videos from YouTube as well as other 300+ video-sharing sites like YouTube. With this tool, you can download YouTube videos in MP4, 3GP, AVI or WebM. What's more, it can download YouTube videos of all video resolutions/dimensions, including 360p, 720p, 1080p, 4k 2160p UHD and even 8K FUHD. In addition, 3D YouTube videos can be downloaded effortlessly. Free as it is, this downloader isn't bundled with any adware, malware, virus or other unfriendly stuff. The build-in cutting-edge technologies High Quality Engine, Multi-thread and Multicast Technology ensure YouTube video download with original quality and fast speed. Most important, this powerful downloader can even free download YouTube videos on Windows 10 without errors.
General steps to free download a video from YouTube by means of downloader software:
1) Download, install and launch the software on your computer.
2) Copy & paste target YouTube video URL to the address bar of the downloader for analyzing. Moments later, you are required to choose the output.
3) Specify destination folder and then tap a button maybe named Download to begin free downloading video off YouTube for watching offline on computers or mobile devices.
2. Free Online YouTube Downloader
Apart from making use of software, online YouTube downloader is also an option to save YouTube videos for offline playback. Popular online video downloaders include KeepVid, SaveFrom, Video Grabber and Clip Converter.
General steps to free download videos from YouTube:
1) Navigate to the website which can support for online YouTube video free download.
2) Insert the URL of your desired YouTube video to the text filed of the online downloader. Then, move on following the instructions.
3) Pick out an output quality version, for example MP4 720P, and then hit Download button to get YouTube video download process started.
Important things you need to know while free downloading videos from YouTube with online downloader:
1) Some online tools require you to install plug-in to enable the function.
2) Online downloaders always accompany with many ads and even virus. You are likely to download unwanted things to your computer.
3) Download speed is not as fast as that of the software.
3. YouTube Download Plug-in
The last method we'd like to show you to free download videos from YouTube is to install YouTube download plug-in/extension/add-on for your web browser, for example, install Download YouTube Videos as MP4 for Firefox, install 1-Click YouTube Video Download for Firefox, set up Video Downloader professional for Chrome browser. After you add the plug-in to your browser, it will integrate with YouTube's interface, and adds a download button to YouTube video page, making you free download video off YouTube site directly. Is it very convenient, right? But, you may not happy when you know the following things:
1) When you download a YouTube download extension from Chrome Web Store for Chrome browser, you may find that the feature of downloading video from YouTube is locked due to restrictions of the Chrome Store.
2) Some extensions work like a spam which may opens pop-up for you spontaneously.
Related article: Easy YouTube to MP3 Downloader Plugin for Firefox User Guide/Tips
Above are the common methods to watch YouTube videos offline. Just choose any one you like. The last tip is that you'd better download video from YouTube for personal use only, especially when you download YouTube full movie videos or download copyrighted music videos from YouTube. No dissemination.
If you want to convert SD/HD/4K/8K videos downloaded from YouTube to popular file formats or devices, just give WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe a try. It is a powerful video converter supporting a great number of input/output video formats. What's more, it is always used to free download videos from YouTube and other 300+ YouTube similar sites.
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