How to Download YouTube Videos to Your Mac

YouTube is the place to go to watch video content from independent creators and major media companies, but it’s all about streaming. Watching YouTube videos is easy if you have internet, but you’ll need to plan ahead if you want to disconnect from the web-connected network and continue watching. Luckily, you can download YouTube videos to Mac to watch offline.

You may already know that you can download youtube videos to your iphone and iPad, perfect for when you want to entertain a child in the air or on a long trip. But you can also download videos to your Mac if a mobile device isn’t practical, perfect for those times when you want to make sure you have access even without Wi-Fi. And it’s a particularly good idea if you have to. also face data caps or want a larger screen viewing experience.

Downloading YouTube videos to watch offline on a Mac is easy, and we’ll show you exactly how.


If you want to download YouTube videos on your Mac, you will need YouTube Premium to do so. There are other ways to download YouTube videos, but they all have their problems, including the fact that it’s against YouTube’s rules.

We are going to show you the official way to download videos for offline viewing, so you will need YouTube Premium which starts at $11.99 per month. This not only gives you access to downloads, but also the ability to watch your content ad-free on all devices.

To add an extra touch to the procedure, you will also need to use Google Chrome. The download feature is only available through Chrome, so Safari users are out of luck. Fortunately, Chrome is one of best mac web browsers around – maybe try for all your other stuff too.

Download YouTube videos to your Mac

1. Open YouTube website in Chrome and find the video you want to download for offline viewing. Also make sure you are logged in and your Premium account is active.

2. Click the To download under the video you want to download.

YouTube download button

(Image credit: Oliver Haslam)

How to Watch Downloaded YouTube Videos

1. Open the YouTube website in Chrome on your Mac.

2. Click the menu button on the left side of the screen and click Downloads. Here you will find your offline videos ready to watch.

YouTube menu with download button

(Image credit: Oliver Haslam)

Now that you know how to download and watch YouTube videos, you’ll never be without entertainment the next time your plane’s Wi-Fi is down.

Want to delete a downloaded video? Just click on the To download button again and you’ll be gone for good. Or until you download it again, that is.

Shirley K. Rosa