How to Download YouTube Videos on Any Device

If you’re going on a long flight or heading somewhere with an internet connection, it might be a good idea to download YouTube videos for offline entertainment. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to do, so you can get your media fix wherever you go. There are two ways to download videos: via the YouTube app or a third-party tool. Downloading through the YouTube app requires a premium YouTube subscription, while third-party tools are free but come at a cost of convenience and reliability.

Note regarding copyrighted content

Downloading a video through the official YouTube app is permitted by YouTube’s Terms and Conditions, as the video cannot be viewed outside the app and you do not have access to the file. However, if you download a YouTube video through a third-party tool, you should be aware of YouTube’s terms of service and copyright law. First, you will violate YouTube Terms of Service; YouTube may suspend or terminate your account if you violate this rule. Second, you need to make sure you’re not violating copyright law. Videos that can be downloaded legally include:

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  • Public domain videos not protected by copyright.
  • The videos are covered by the Creative Commons (CC) license.
    • YouTube includes a search filter for videos covered by this license.
  • Videos created by your friends and family who have given you permission.

How to Download YouTube Video to Android Smartphone or Tablet

YouTubePremium

Downloading a video via YouTube requires a YouTubePremium subscription if you do not live one of these countries. This subscription costs $11.99/month for individuals or $17.99 for up to 5 people in the same household and includes a wide range of benefits like a YouTube Music subscription. Whether you need a Premium subscription or not, the process is exactly the same. Although this is the easiest way to download a YouTube video, you won’t be able to access your video outside of the app; a third-party tool is required for this.

  1. Open the YouTube app on your phone.
  2. Open the video you want to download.
  3. Press the To download button just below the video.
  4. Select a Download quality. If you’re not a YouTube Premium subscriber, the app will prompt you to do so before you can download the video.
  5. Faucet To download.

Once downloaded, the Download button will turn into a black check mark and read Uploaded. The downloaded videos are accessible in the Residence from the YouTube app when you’re offline.

You can delete a downloaded YouTube video by pressing the Uploaded button and tapping Eliminate.

Mate tube

TubeMate is one of the many services that allow you to download YouTube videos. However, if you choose not to use TubeMate, be aware that all of these services are unreliable and may put you at risk of downloading malware.

  1. Download the Tube Mate App via APKMirror.
  2. Open the YouTube app.
  3. Open the video you want to download.
  4. Press the Share icon just below the video.
  5. Faucet Mate tube in the app list.
  6. Allow permissions for TubeMate.
  7. Tap one of the MP4 download options.
  8. Press the To download button.
  9. Press the Uploaded button, the arrow pointing down at the bottom of your screen, to see the download status.

You can access your downloaded video in two ways. Open the TubeMate app and tap the Uploaded button at the bottom of your screen, or you can find the video in your phone’s memory. They will be located in Files by Google in Internal Storage > Video.

How to Download YouTube Video on Chromebook

Unfortunately, there is no reliable third-party tool to download YouTube videos to Chromebook. Websites that provide a download tool do exist, but they are often subject to legal takedowns by Google. The safest option to download the video via a third party is to use the TubeMate method described above, then transfer the downloaded file to your Chromebook.

YouTube Premium Videos

Like Android, downloading a video via YouTube on Chromebook requires a Premium subscription. We used the official YouTube app for this walkthrough, but the steps for downloading a video using Chrome are nearly identical.

  1. Open the YouTube app on your Chromebook.
  2. Click on the video you want to download.
  3. Click it To download button under the video.
  4. Select a Download quality. Again, if you’re not a YouTube Premium subscriber, you’ll be prompted to sign up here.
  5. Faucet To download.

You can access your downloaded videos by clicking your profile icon at the top right of the screen, then clicking Downloads in the menu. Downloaded videos can be deleted by clicking the three button menu to the right of the video, then clicking on Delete downloads.

How to Download a YouTube Video on Windows 10 or Windows 11

Downloading a YouTube video follows the same steps for Windows 10 and Windows 11. There are many programs that offer the ability to download videos, but 5KPlayer is an excellent balance between ease of use, download speed and video quality. Don’t worry if it asks for your name and email address, it’s not necessary to download YouTube videos.

  1. Download and install 5KPlayer for Windows.
  2. Click on the red Youtube button.
  3. Open the YouTube video you want to download and copy the URL.
  4. Open 5KPlayer and paste the URL in the box provided.
  5. Click on Paste the URL and analyze.
  6. Click the cog icon next to the video preview to change download settings.
  7. Click on To download.

Downloaded videos will appear in C:UsersuserVideosDownload Videos

How to Download a YouTube Video on macOS

To download a YouTube video on macOS, you will need 5KPlayer, just like Windows. Installation follows the same steps as installing Windows, and remember not to enter your name and email address as it is not required to download YouTube videos.

  1. Download and install 5KPlayer for Mac.
  2. Click on the red Youtube button
  3. Open the YouTube video you want to download and copy the URL.
  4. Open 5KPlayer and paste the URL in the box provided.
  5. Click on Paste the URL and analyze.
  6. Click the cog icon next to the video preview to change download settings.
  7. Click on To download.

How to Download a YouTube Video on iOS and iPadOS

Downloading a YouTube video on iOS is quite a complicated process, however, these steps will guide you through the process. After downloading the video, you have the optional option to move it to your Photos app. It’s not necessary, but it will make the video faster to access later.

How to download a YouTube video using Documents by Readdle

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Find the YouTube video you want to download.
  3. Copy the URL by pressing the Share button, then Copy link.
  4. Install Documents by Readdle from the App Store
  5. To throw Documents.
    1. The app will ask you to upgrade to the premium version, you can skip this.
  6. Press the Navigator icon at the bottom right of the screen.
  7. Enter “x2download.com” in the search bar
  8. Paste the video URL into the field.
  9. Select the quality in which you want to download the video.
  10. Faucet To download.


How to move downloaded video to Photos app

  1. Press the Case icon at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Press the Downloads button.
  3. Press the three points button next to the video.
  4. Faucet Move.
  5. Faucet Pictures under the My folders title.
  6. Allow the app to access Photos.
  7. Faucet Move at the top right of your screen.

How to Download YouTube Video on Linux

The best way to download a YouTube video on Linux requires the youtubedl-gui program, which in turn requires Flatpak. Youtubedl-gui is a simplistic program, but quick and easy to set up.

How to install youtubedl-gui and Flatpak.

First, you will need to install Flatpak. Installing Flatpak varies between Linux distributions, instructions for each can be found on the Flatpak Website.

Once you have installed Flatpak you will need to download youtubedl-gui. You can either:

  • Download it via the flat page. or
  • Run this command:
    • flatpak install flathub io.github.JaGoLi.ytdl_gui

How to download a YouTube video with youtubedl-gui.

  1. Find the YouTube video you want to download and copy the URL
  2. Open youtubedl-gui by running the following command: flatpak run io.github.JaGoLi.ytdl_gui
  3. Paste the URL in the box labeled Enter URL
  4. Choose video quality and format
    1. You can also download it as an audio file by clicking on the audio tongue.
  5. Click on To download.

Get Your YouTube Fix Anywhere

Internet connection or not, there is always a way to watch your favorite YouTube videos anytime. Currently, YouTube Premium is the safest and fastest way to download a YouTube video, but third-party options are available.

Before you go on a download frenzy using a third-party app, be aware that doing so may expose you to malware or a direct ban from YouTube. If you plan to check for a third-party tool on your Chromebook, first check that it’s updated with the latest security patches. Otherwise, you might just want to download a great Android game to pass the time instead.


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