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How to Free Download YouTube Videos in MP4 and More? 4 Ways Here

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.

Before any further, you may need to know if it is legal to download YouTube videos.

Well, it really depends. If you just rip video off YouTube for personal and non-commercial using, that's not a big deal. But if you disseminate the content without official approval or even gain some benefits, you're likely to be accused and you must bear the corresponding legal liability totally by yourself.

Part 1: How to Free Download Any YouTube Videos with WinX YouTube Downloader

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.

  • Free download SD, 1080p HD, 2160p 4K Ultra HD, and even 4320p 8K UHD in MP4, 3GP, AVI, WebM etc.
  • Support YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Vimeo, IMDb, Vevo and 1000+ video sharing sites.
  • Unlimited downloads and no limit on the download size or resolution.
  • No registration required, no ads. 100% free and clean of malware or virus.

3 steps to free download a video from YouTube with WinX YouTube Downloader:

1. Download and install WinX YouTube Downloader on Windows PC (Windows 10 also supported).
2. Navigate to YouTube website, and seek out the video you wish to download.

Step 1. Start YouTube Downloader and add target YouTube video URL.
Access to the target YouTube video, and copy its URL. Then, launch the YouTube video downloader, click the chain-like button, and paste the URL to the text field left of Analyze button.

Free Download YouTube Video
Free Download YouTube Video in 3 Steps

Step 2. Parse the YouTube video URL and Specify output format and resolution.
A little while after you clicking Analyze button, it will deliver multiple output options varying in file format, video resolution, size, and codec. Simply choose any one you like.

Tips: WinX YouTube Downloader also supports free downloading YouTube playlsit & YouTube channel and recording living videos.

Step 3. Begin downloading YouTube video.
The only thing you need to do here is hit the Download< button. Once finished, you can watch downloaded YouTube videos on your computers, or transfer to portable devices like iPhone, Android, computers, tablets, for playback offline on the move.

Part 2: How to Free Download YouTube Videos with Online YouTube Downloader

Apart from making use of software, online YouTube downloader is also an option to save YouTube videos for offline playback. Here are some popular online YouTube downloader to save YouTube videos offline easily.

1. Clip Converter

Clip Converter lets you download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and some other sites. You can directly save YouTube videos in MP4, 3GP, AVI, MOV, MKV, MP3, M4A, and AAC. Simply copy and paste the YouTube URL its search box, and select a download option, you can start the download. No registartion required. It's totally free. The only thing you should know is that it has a limit on the download resolution.

Free Online YouTube Downloader
Free Online YouTube Downloader

2. BitDownloader

BitDownloader works like Clip Converter, 100% free and no registration required. Enter the link of YouTube, then it will bring a range of download options. Select one and then you can download. It lets you download videos from YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram, Coub, and more. However, it offers no conversion ability. The options of "Download Video with Sound" is rather limited. For example, if you want to download a 4K YouTube video, it allows you to download up to 720P only. The 4K download option comes with no audio.

3. FastestTube

FastestTube is an addon instead of an online YouTube download service. To download a YouTube video, you need to install the addon to your web browser first. Then open the YouTube video you'd like to download. You should see the Download option below the video, select an option, and the addon will save the YouTube video to your target folder.

Free Download YouTube Video
Download YouTube Video Online

With such online YouTube downloader, you are able to finish the YouTube video downloading with 3 steps as well.

  1. Copy and paste the YouTube video URL to the download box.
  2. Press the Continue button or the like to get the info of the video. Choose an item in your target resolution, format and size.
  3. Press Download button to get the YouTube video offline.

Part 3: How to Download Videos from YouTube with Plug-ins

Another 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.

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.

YouTube Video Download Extension
YouTube Video Download Extension

Part 4: How to Download YouTube Videos on Mobiles (Android and iPhone)?

1. InsTube for Android

A free YouTube download app for Android. It wil download movie/music/videos from YouTube and other 100+ sites. It also works as a video to MP3 converter, so you can download mp3 music for offline playback.

2. Documents for iPhone

Apple doesn't provide as many options as Android. This app called Documents is able to download YouTube videos. To download a YouTube video, copy the link of the video open in Safari, enter into Documents and find the web browser icon. Tap that icon and go to and then paste the address of the YouTub video into its search box, select an option and start to download.


author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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