Five Ways to Download YouTube Videos

Every day millions of people uses YouTube worldwide everyday, the videos streamed pretty quickly anywhere in the world. The vast collection of YouTube contains so many videos for studies, research, entertainment, funny, scary videos, documentaries, movies, reviews, musical videos, recorded videos and many many other kinds. YouTube world third most popular website and its more user friendly. Many of us want to learn the new things and wants to watch new methods, solutions to existing problems, tutorials, entertainment videos, movies, information related, documentaries or so many other things on the YouTube. Some times we may want to watch them in offline mode by downloading the videos but is it legal to download the videos??

Note: According to Googles & YouTube terms of service it illegal to download the content of  YouTube without permission but for Copyright you are ok to use the content for personal use. So, this article providing information is purely educational purposes only, we don’t encourage in any manner committing illegal activities.

You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Service or the Content without YouTube’s prior written authorization, unless YouTube makes available the means for such distribution through functionality offered by the Service (such as the Embeddable Player).

Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these Terms of Service. You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content. You shall not copy, reproduce, make available online or electronically transmit, publish, adapt, 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 and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Service and the Content.

~ Mentioned at YouTube Terms & Service

its big no for downloading the content from YouTube but People have their own reasons, if you definitely want to download video for your personal use but not for distribution, here we give few methods.


Many websites gives us a way of downloading the YouTube videos with just few clicks and submission of URL,  all you need to do is go to your favorite video on the YouTube and copy the url of the video. Now get to back to any one of these websites, which allows the netizens to download the videos from YouTube, submit the copied url to the website. The website tries to find the contents of url provided using some algorithms and fetch the video for you. Some websites also gives online conversions tools to download the video in different formats like mp4, avi, ipad, ipod and android devices with different resolutions. However, few of them applies the limits on the clarity, resolution or format of the videos. Search in Google for the phrase “download YouTube videos” , you will get links to website which gives choice to download videos for free.

Browser Extensions

Browser extension are another way to downloading the YouTube videos. These extension works inside the browse and generates video download links for the user. There are different browsers available for the internet users around the world, worlds most popular browsers have these scripts called extension or add-ons, which extended the browsers functionality by staying inside the browser. Chrome and Firefox have thousands for readily available extension for you. All you need to is add the add those extensions/add-ons to your browser from their stores. There are extensions specifically developed for downloading YouTube videos, these extension runs on YouTube pages and creates downloading links/buttons on the page. All you need to do is go to the video page after adding the extension on browser,let the extension run and create the download link then finally simply click the and download the videos.

Software Tools

The next method is to download the software tools which promises to download the videos from the YouTube but this method is little risky one. The tools may be fake or contains malware in it. Some tools works as promised but without user permission installs others tools which becomes problematic such as adware, bloatware and some times virus packages too. Generally, these tools work this way -> start the application -> submit the video url -> click download button. Some works and other wont, so it your to job test  the application whether the help you or not. To know which one is better working software you need search the internet for reviews or comments on that particular software’s. So, don’t become the victim of virus or fake software’s.

Mobile Applications

To download the videos directly into your mobile device from YouTube there is no official application available in Android or iOS platform. However, there are some other third party applications available on the internet which gives you download options. Running these application of your mobile device is risky task because you may not aware what actually the application going to perform on your device. Before these third party apps once search internet about these application whether you can use them or not. There are few applications which works genuinely but you need to face lot of ads, some apps works by fetching urls submitted by the user and other application appears similar as YouTube in Framework/layout and working functionality but provides a download button to get the videos.

YouTube Offline

This is feature in only available in few countries and India is one of them. In this method, you can save the video’s of YouTube right inside the YouTube App and you can watch any number of times on mobile. It is not exactly as downloading, the difference is the video resides inside a temporary memory which only again opens in YouTube application. All you need to do is open the YouTube app on your mobile device, search for your favorite video. The app contains the “save offline” button, click on it. The video starts downloading in soon time, you can now watch that video offline any number of times but you cant open it in other player and you cant distribute it.

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