How to download YouTube video for free: Complete Guide

YouTube is the world’s largest video streaming platform and there is no doubt that there exist millions of amazing videos on YouTube. To watch videos on YouTube you require a stable internet connection. This is one of the reasons that you may want to download videos from YouTube.

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If you want to watch your favorite video that is on YouTube, you may prefer to download that video and save it on your device. Saving the YouTube video offline reduces your internet usage as well as you can watch that video without any annoying ads.

To save the YouTube videos on your device, you must have to know the effective method of downloading the videos from YouTube. Downloading YouTube videos is an easy method. There are a lot of ways available online to download YouTube videos but in this blog, I’m gonna discuss some easiest and most effective ways.

Is it legal to download YouTube videos?

According to the Terms of Service of YouTube platform:

Downloading videos without prior permission, selling them, and committing copyright infringement are violations of their terms of service.

It simply means that YouTube doesn’t allow its users to download YouTube videos. But if you want to use YouTube videos for your own use, then you can download YouTube videos. If you use downloaded youtube videos commercially then there might be a problem. As YouTube states:

“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.”

The above statement simply means that you can watch YouTube videos only on the YouTube. There are many videos on the YouTube which are legal to download. This is mentioned in the license of those videos.

There is a lot of third-part-software available online that allows you to download YouTube videos freely. In this article, we are gonna discuss about some of them.

Download Youtube videos Methods:

1. Y2MATE (DESKTOP,TABLET OR PHONE)

Y2MATE YouTube Downloader is a website that allows you to download Youtube videos for free. You can download both audio and video from Y2MATE.

You can download YouTube videos on any device using Y2MATE YouTube downloader. So let’s begin:

Step 1: Visit Y2MATE YouTube Downloader website on your device.

Y2MATE

Step 2: Copy the URL of the video you want to download from YouTube.

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Step 3: Paste the copied URL in the URL field of Y2MATE YouTube Downloader.

Y2MATE

Step 4: Choose the media you want to download, video, mp3, or audio:

Step 5: Click on the download button of the resolution you want to download:

Y2MATE

Step 6:After clicking on the download button, a pop-up display occurs. Again click on the download button.

Y2MATE

After clicking on the download button again, the video automatically starts downloading on your device.

2. 4K Video Downloader (Windows, Mac, Linux)

4K Video Downloader is one of the best YouTube video downloader software available on the internet. This software is available for all three operating systems- Windows, Mac, and Linux.

This application is a trusted application and there is no risk of any viruses or malicious software.

From 4K Video Downloader, you can download videos and audio in any format you like, for example, MP3, MP4, AAC, etc.

Step 1: Download and Install 4K Video Downloader on your PC.

4k video downloader

Step 2: Launch 4K Video Downloader on your PC.

4k video downloader

Step 3: Copy the URL of the video, channel or playlist you want to download from YouTube.

4k video downloader

Step 4: Click on the green paste button on the top left corner:

4k video downloader

Step 5: Choose the format and quality of the video or playlist:

4k video downloader

Step 6: Click Download.

4k video downloader

After clicking on the download button, the video starts downloading. You can also see the progress of the downloading process.

4k video downloader

Once the video gets downloaded, you can play it any number of times and you can also transfer this video to your other devices if you want.

The complete step by step video tutorial to use 4k Video Downloader is also attached below:

Complete Guide to download YouTube Videos from 4k Video Downloader

3. YTD Video Downloader (Only for windows)

YTD Video Downloader is a free windows software that allows you to download YouTube videos.

Step 1: Download and Install YTD Video Downloader on your windows PC.

YTD Video Downloader

Step 2: Launch YTD Video Downloader on your PC.

YTD Video Downloader

Step 3: Copy the URL of the video you want to download from YouTube.

YTD Video Downloader

Step 4: Paste the copied URL in the URL field of YTD Video Downloader.

YTD Video Downloader

Step 5: Choose the path where you want to download the video in the “Save to ” option.

YTD Video Downloader

Step 6: Click Download.

YTD Video Downloader

After clicking on the download button, the video starts downloading. You can see the progress of the download in the activity section.

YTD Video Downloader

4. Download YouTube videos using ss method

This method is another popular method to download a YouTube video. Downloading video through this method do not require installation of any third party software.

You also don’t need any browser extension for using this method. You just need to add “ss” to the URL of the YouTube video you want to download.

This method works on every device – mobile, tablet, laptops, desktop. All operating system supports this method. You can apply this method in any internet browser. The videos can be downloaded in any format FLV, MP3, MP4, and MPEG depending on the one you select while downloading.

Note : This method will not work if the video is restricted.

Let’s see how this method works:

Step 1: Go to YouTube and copy the URL of the video you want to download.

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Step 2: Paste the URL in the search bar of the browser. Add “ss” before the word “youtube” and after “www.” in the URL. Hit ENTER:

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Step 3: Now, you will be redirected to a website named savefrom.net. Click on the “Download without installation” link.

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Step 4: Choose the quality and the format of the video that you want to download.

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After these steps, the video gets downloaded on your device.

5. Download YouTube videos using vd method

This method is similar to the ss method. Instead of writing “ss” between “www.” and “youtube”, you have to write “vd” between “www.” and “youtube”.

You also don’t need any browser extension for using this method. You just need to add “vd” to the URL of the YouTube video you want to download.

This method works on every device – mobile, tablet, laptops, desktop. All operating system supports this method. You can apply this method in any internet browser. The videos can be downloaded in any format FLV, MP3, MP4, and MPEG depending on the one you select while downloading.

All the steps in this method is same as of the previous “ss” method. Only the downloading platform is different.

6. Download YouTube videos using extensions/add-ons

Web browser extension/add-ons can also be used to download YouTube videos. There are many extensions available for each browser that you can use to achieve this task.

Here, we are using one such opera browser extension to demonstrate the method. So let’s start:

Step 1: Install the YouTube downloader extension on the opera browser. To install the extension, click on the button “Add to Opera”:

opera extension

Step 2: After installing the extension, go to the YouTube and play the video that you want to download.

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Step 3: Now click on the YouTube Downloader extension in the top right of the browser.

Step 4: After clicking on the extension, you will be redirected to the website of the extension developer. Download the video of the required format and quality by clicking on the download button:

youtube video download

7. Download YouTube videos using a VLC media player

The VLC media player is a free and open-source cross-platform media player for desktops. If you have a VLC media player on your computer, then it’s fine. If you do not have a VLC media player you can download it from here:

Download VLC Media Player

Now after downloading VLC media player, follow the below step-by step procedure:

Step 1: Open the VLC media player and click on the media option on the top-left of the media player.

Step 2: Now, from the dropdown menu, click on the “open network stream…” option.

Step 3: Copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to download and paste it into the network URL block of the pop-up.

Step 4: Click the play button. The video streaming starts on the VLC media player at this moment.

Step 5(For Mac): Click on “Window” and then select “Media Information”.

Step 5(For Windows): Click on “Tools” and then select “Codec”.

Step 6: Copy the URL written on the location bar at the bottom.

Step 7: Paste the copied URL into your chrome/Firefox browser.

Step 8: After opening the URL, a video will appear on the screen. Right click on that video and select “save as” option.

Step 9: Save the video on your desired location.

After that, the video will start downloading. Once it gets downloaded, you can play the video offline on your pc.

8. Download YouTube video on the YouTube app

You can also download YouTube videos on the YouTube mobile application. These offline downloads remain for 30 days only and are not transferrable to other devices. You can watch these videos without an internet connection. To download a video on the Youtube app, follow the process:

Step 1: Open the YouTube application on your smartphone.

Step 2: Go to the video that you want to download.

Step 3: Click on the download icon that is located below the media player near the like/dislike option.

Step 4: Select the quality of the video and tap on download.

After following these steps, the video gets downloaded in your YouTube app, you can watch these offline videos by going in the library section.

Conclusion

These are some of the best and easiest ways to download YouTube videos. You can choose any way that is suitable for your device.

If you face any difficulty in any of the above-mentioned ways, comment below. I will reply as fast as I can.

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