How to Download YouTube Videos for FREE

We know that Youtube is the most popular video sharing site on the internet. Its user to share and upload video globally very easily. We all love YouTube video but if you’re going without an internet connection, you won’t be able to enjoy YouTube video. YouTube is designed to only allow users to watch and view the video but doesn’t allow a user to download video on their website.

Many users want to download or save their favorite YouTube videos to their computer or smartphone. So they can watch a video without an internet connection.

When you download YouTube videos, you can watch them without an internet connection.

Is downloading YouTube videos legal?

It is not legal to download YouTube videos using a type of third-party program. It is against YouTube’s terms of service which clearly state:

“You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content.”

YouTube content creators (and YouTube itself) make money off of ads that are run against the video. If you download a video then both the creator and YouTube are now getting no benefit from you watching that video – it’s equivalent to pirating a movie.

If you want a legal option, YouTube Red (YouTube’s subscription service) allows you to download videos for offline use with their permission – they can pay the content creator (and themselves) with the subscription fees. If you’d like to download videos and be 100% legal, I would sign up for a subscription to YTR.

How to download YouTube video to a pc

1. Get 4K Video Downloader

Download YouTube videos to a Windows PC, start by downloading and installing 4K Video Downloader. This software is completely free and can download whole playlists, as well as 360-degree and 3D videos. When it’s done, check the box marked ‘Launch’ and click ‘Finish’.

2. Copy and paste the video URL

Open your web browser, find the video you want to download from YouTube and copy its URL from the address bar. Then return to 4K Video Downloader and click the green ‘Paste Link’ button at the top left.

The software will retrieve information about the video and give you a choice of video quality options. These will vary depending on the quality of the original video, but the software can download YouTube videos in 4K if it’s available.

3. Choose the quality and format

4K Video Downloader will allow you to download whole YouTube videos, or just rip the audio. Choose your preferred selection using the drop-down menu on the left, then choose a format using the menu on the right. We prefer MP4 for our videos because it gives a good balance of quality and file size and will play on basically every device.

Then, choose your video quality. For playing back video on your TV or PC, we recommend picking the highest resolution. But mind it that this will take longer and will take up more space. Luckily, you can check the estimated file size on the left to see how much space it will take.

You can also choose where the downloaded video should be saved using the ‘Browse’ button at the bottom. Once you’re happy, click ‘Download’.

4. Download the YouTube video

The YouTube video will now be downloaded for you. If there are other videos in the creator’s channel, 4K Video Downloader will ask whether you want to download those as well. It can download up to 24 videos at once.

Once the video has finished downloading, you can find it in the destination folder, or right-click it in 4K Video Downloader and select ‘Play’. Unless you adjust the settings, the video will stay in this list until you choose to remove it even if you close and restart the software.

Download using YouTube Premium

If you have a YouTube Premium subscription, you’ll enjoy various YouTube offers, including the ability to download videos to watch offline without third-party software. You can do this using YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube TV, YouTube Go, and YouTube gaming apps. Mind it that you can watch the downloaded videos using this app but you can’t move the video file to another device or watch it with another video player.

You must be signed in to your YouTube account to watch downloaded videos, but you can’t like or comments when watching offline. A YouTube Premium subscription runs $12 per month. You can also sign up for a family plan, which costs $18 a month and lets you share access with five other family members. Students can subscribe to YouTube Premium for $7, although they’ll need to verify their student status once a year.

What formats can I download YouTube videos in?

Video downloading apps sometimes provide you with a selection of file formats. The most common area unit MP4, 3GP, AVI and MOV; the selection of format and quality settings can have an effect on what you’ll be able to watch your video on, and the way smart the video will be.

If you are not too fussed regarding video quality, 3GP is that the file format for you. It’s perfect for small-screened mobile phones and awful on anything else, but the files are tiny – which matters on old mobiles, as they don’t usually have very much on-board storage or any memory expansion capabilities.

For other devices, MOV is Apple’s video format and works on every Mac, AVI was developed by Microsoft and works happily on PCs, and MP4 is the video equivalent of MP3 and works on pretty much anything. For maximum compatibility, we’d suggest sticking with MP4.