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8 Methods to download Youtube Videos for free

Did you ever want to download your favorite youtube videos to your mobile or computer? This guide is just to help you for that.

Well downloading Youtube videos! That’s not supposed to be a super-easy process. As the owner of youtube, Google would prefer you to keep on the website, serving ads and earning revenue?

According to Youtube Terms of Service, it is completely legal to share and embed Youtube videos on the internet, but not for downloading. Downloading videos is generally the voilation of Youtube TOS.

Disclaimer

Youtube Offline

Keeping in mind, the low connectivity at some locations and user requirements, Youtube allows you to keep videos on your phone for offline viewing.

Yes, it means, you can view selected videos on Youtube mobile app, even when you are offline.

Here’s the video to explain more.

How Youtube Offline works?

This article, answers more questions about Youtube Offline.

Luckily there is not one but multiple ways to download a youtube video 🙂 Here in this article, I will cover how you can save and download YouTube videos, on both desktop devices and mobile, & ensure you’re never without entertainment when you need it.

Method 1 – Using ‘ss’ trick to Download Youtube Videos

This is the simplest way to download any YouTube video without any software. Here are the steps.

1.Open any browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla, Safari or any other.

2.Open https://www.youtube.com in your browser.

3. Search the video you want to download.

4. Click on URL and delete URL before “y” and type “ss” before “y”. Suppose if URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhS3rkt01fM, the new URL will be ssyoutube.com/watch?v=OhS3rkt01fM

5. Press the Enter key ( Return Key on Mac), and you will be redirected to a new website called savefrom.net. It will display the info of your video.

Download Youtube videos from savefrom.net
Download Youtube videos from savefrom.net

6. Optional Select the format of the video in which you want.

7. There will be a green download button just below the info of the video. Click this button and you will be redirected to another page.

Download button for savefrom.net
Download button for savefrom.net

8. Right Click on the video, and click on Download Video. You can also click on “Save Video as” option. Alternatively you can also press Ctrl + S.

Your download will start 🙂

Method 2 – Using Clip Converter

This is my personal favourite. Clip Converter is free online media recorder application, that allows you to download and convert almost any video on Youtube, Vimeo or MySpace.

1.Open https://www.youtube.com in your favorite web browser.

2. Open the video which you want to download.

3. Copy the URL of your video.

4. Now, open https://www.clipconverter.cc/

5. Paste the URL from Step 3 in “Video URL to Download” textbox.

6. Click on Continue. Clipconverter will detect the video.

Clipconverter detected Youtube video from URL
Clipconverter detected Youtube video from URL

7. Optional Select Quality in which you want to download. Options are High Definition, High Quality, Standard Quality or more.

8. Optional Select the format in which you want to download the video. Options are MP4, 3GP, AVI, MOV, and MKV for video. You also have the option of downloading just the audio of this youtube video in mp3, m4a, and aac.

9. Click on the “Start” button. The website will start processing your request. It will record media and convert media.

10. It will now show the file name, source, and file size.

Video Download Screen for Clipconverter
Video Download Screen for Clipconverter

11. Click on Download button and your video will be started downloading.

Download Partial Youtube Video using Clipconverter
Download Partial Youtube Video using Clipconverter

Method 3 – Using SaveFrom.net

This is another way of downloading youtube videos from savefrom.net apart from Method 1.

1.Open https://www.youtube.com in your favorite web browser.

2. Open the video which you want to download. Copy the URL of your video.

3. Go to http://savefrom.net.

4. Paste the URL from Step 2 above and click on the blue arrow button.

Download youtube video using savefrom.net
Download video from youtube using Savefrom.net

5.Optional: Select the format of the video in which you want.

6. There will be a green download button just below the info of the video.

7. Click this button and you will be redirected to another page.

8. Right Click on the video, and click on Download Video. You can also click on “Save Video as” option.

Using savefrom.net, you can also download videos from other popular video sites like Vimeo, Daily Motion, Facebook, and VK. Also, you can download Savefrom.net app.

Method 4 – Using Catchvideo.net

Like savefrom.net, Catchvideo.net is another tool that helps you to download videos from the internet. 

1.Open https://www.youtube.com in your favorite web browser.

2. Open the video which you want to download. Copy the URL of your video.

3. Go to https://catchvideo.net/.

4. Paste the URL (from Step 2 above) in the text-box.

5. Click on Catch Button. You will see Green Download button.

Download Youtube Video using Catchvideo.net
Download Youtube Video using Catchvideo.net

6. Right Click on Download button and choose “Save As ..”.

7.Optional Click on show more, you can see more downloadable links for same video(1080p, 720p, 480p) in different resolution (and different formats(webm or mp4 etc).

It also offers an extension to your browser so that you can instantly download the videos while browsing on the internet. Like savefrom.net, it also offers download videos from other sites like Vimeo, Daily Motion, and Facebook.

Catchvideo.net offers other useful tools as well like Facebook downloader for Android ( an Android utility to convert a URL to video and audio).

Method 5 – Y2Mate Youtube Downloader

Y2Mate is a reliable online video downloader as well as a converter. It does not require users to download Y2Mate APK or iOS app. It’s simple, free and easy to use.

1.Open https://www.youtube.com in your favorite web browser.

2. Open the video which you want to download. Copy the URL of your video.

3. Go to https://y2mate.com/.

4. Paste the URL (from Step 2 above) in the text-box.

5. As soon as you paste the video URL, it will search that video from youtube. It will provide you multiple download links based on Video Quality ( 1080p, 720p or 360p).

Download Youtube Video using Y2Mate.com
Download Youtube Video using Y2Mate.com

6. Click on Any of the Download buttons. It will open a popup window. This will trigger the conversion processing of video on Y2Mate server.

Processing Youtube Video in Y2Mate.com
Processing Youtube Video in Y2Mate.com

7. Once processing finishes, click on Download button in the popup.

Download Video page at Y2Mate.com
Download Video popup at Y2Mate.com

8. Downloading starts. There you have your favourite youtube video 🙂

Y2Mate also allows you to download audio only for your video.

Method 6 – The “pp” trick to download Youtube Video

It is very similar to Method 1.

1.Open any browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla, Safari or any other.

2. Open https://www.youtube.com in your browser.

3. Search the video you want to download. Play the video.

4. Click on URL and add pp at the end of the “youtube”. Suppose your URL was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhS3rkt01fM, then you need to add pp after youtube, so new URL would be https://www.youtubepp.com/watch?v=OhS3rkt01fM

5. Hit Enter Key (Return key on Mac). This will take you to the video download page of Y2Mate like above.

6. It will provide you multiple download links based on Video Quality ( 1080p, 720p or 360p).

7. Click on Any of the Download buttons. It will open a popup window. This will trigger the conversion processing of video on Y2Mate server.

8. Once processing finishes, click on the Download button in the popup.

Hurray!! Your video starts getting downloaded. Thank me later 😉

Method 7 – QDownloader.net

Qdownloader.net lets you download videos from more then 800 websites, including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and many more.

1. Open any browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla, Safari or any other.

2. Open https://www.youtube.com in your browser.

3. Search the video you want to download. Play the video.

4. Copy the URL of the video.

5. Go to QDownloader.net and paste URL of the video (from step 4) in that text box.

6. Click on the Download button.

Qdownloader.net
Qdownloader.net

7. You will be presented with the list of downloads available with different video quality and format.

Download Youtube Page for Qdownloader.net
Download Youtube Page for Qdownloader.net

8. Click on the desired Download button and there you go.

QDownloader.net also allows you to download youtube video without audio.

Download Youtube Video without Audio using Qdownloader.net
Download Youtube Video without Audio using Qdownloader.net

Method 8 – Using 4KDownloader

Unlike other methods in the list, you need to download the tool to your computer and then download videos. This seems little more hectic but its worth for downloading High Quality Videos from Youtube.

Downloading 4KDownloader

  1. Go to https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader.
  2. Download the tool.
  3. It is available for both Mac and Windows.
  4. Once you have downloaded, install it.

Downloading Youtube Videos using 4KDownloader

  1. Open 4KDownloader.
4KDownloader

2. Go to Youtube and open the video.

3. Copy the URL of the Video.

4. Go back to 4KDownloader and paste the URL. It will start processing the URL.

Processing of the Youtube Video by 4KDownloader
Processing of the Youtube Video by 4KDownloader

5. It will display the list of available downloads.

List of Detected Downloads of Youtube Video by 4KDownloader
List of Detected Downloads of Youtube Video by 4KDownloader

5. Click on Download button.

That’s all.

Why Youtube doesn’t allow download on site?

This question has very obvious answer

  • If you download the video, you wouldn’t spend time on youtube, and hence no ads can be displayed, and hence no revenue.
  • Most of the videos on youtube are copyrighted by the owner ( or uploader) of the video. You cannot use the video for your own purposes.

If you ever wanted to embed a youtube video on your website or blog then check this article.

If you are a music lover then you would be excited to know that Youtube has also launched its own music service called Youtube Music.

Conclusion

I tried to present easy and free ways to download a Youtube video. You may like to check best apps for android.

If you are still not able to download any Youtube Video, let us know in comments section.

How do you download Youtube videos?

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