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How to download YouTube videos to your device for offline viewing


In this high-tech era that we live in today, there are countless places where you can see, share, and upload videos. It is easy to sit back and watch video. You can search for a video on YouTube, for example, to learn how to do something. On Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, you come across videos when scrolling through your feed. You can watch any videos you want from YouTube or any similar website. Sometimes, you will want to download a video that you really like to watch it later, when you are not connected to the Internet.

YouTube wants users to transfer their loyalty to the video-sharing platform. More exactly, you are not allowed to download videos from YouTube if you do not subscribe to a premium account. If you are anything like us, you are not sitting on a pile of cash, it is worth looking into alternative means to download videos from YouTube. If you want to download a YouTube video to your device for personal viewing, and not for dissemination, here is what you need to do.

Attention should be paid to the fact that using third-party apps to download YouTube videos is against the company’s terms of service. By doing so, you put yourself at risk of potential copyright infringement. Some YouTube videos can be used without permission. We are talking about clips that are listed as Creative common and videos with expired copyright durations. Other than that, downloading YouTube videos is illegal.

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Get an application that helps in downloading videos from YouTube

At present, there are numerous apps that you can use to save videos to your computer for free. Some of them are created with specific social media platforms in mind, while others can be deployed to download clips from all social networking sites, such as SnapDownloader. You can download and convert your favorite videos to MP4 or MP3 with just a few simple steps. Using third-party software offers you complete control over the process. What is more, you do not have to worry about issues such as malware-related ads. It is the best option to keep your device safe.

In the app, you may save clips in 8K or playlists from YouTube, schedule videos to be downloaded automatically, extract audio files, and even watch virtual reality videos. Generally speaking, download tools are free, yet if you believe that the free version is not enough, get the paid one. You will not break the bank. The good news is that you can try the app before buying it. The fool-proof way to watch the videos you have just downloaded is to use VLC Media Player. It plays just about everything, including 8K videos.

Download and watch YouTube videos on your computer in 3 simple steps

If you are in a situation where you have limited or no Internet connection, you will want to have your own collection of videos already downloaded to watch offline. One of the best ways, and our preferred method, to download a YouTube video is to use third-party software. Using a video downloader is not complicated at all. Still, we will list the steps that need to be taken.

  1. Download and install SnapDownloader. Head over to SnapDownloader website and download the software for your operating system. It works on both Windows and macOS. Once the installer has downloaded, launch it to install the software on your computer.
  2. Copy and Paste video link. Open your browser and head to YouTube. Scroll through the list of videos until you find the one that you are interested in. Copy the URL within the address bar of the browser and paste the video link into the Search Bar in SnapDownloader.
  3. Choose the output format and quality. Before the video can be saved onto your computer, it is necessary to select the video output and quality. MP4 is supported by various operating systems, not to mention that the videos run perfectly fine on handheld devices. You can choose to save the media file as an MP3 to save storage space. If you have got used to the idea of watching 8K movies, you are in luck. Just press the button and your movie download will begin. 
  4. Download the YouTube video. Finally yet importantly, press the “Download” button and save the clip onto your computer. You can watch the video whenever you want without risking to go over your data allocation. In case you did not already know, it is possible to queue several videos for download at once. However, it will take more than a few seconds to get your hands on the clips.

It is not a good idea to resort to helper websites. Even if you want to avoid installing software, it is not worth infecting your computer with malware. The point is that you should not use a website service. Downloading YouTube clips should be done only via a reliable program. Not all video downloaders are created equal, so there may be tons of options out there, but only very few ensure an enjoyable experience.

Streaming vs. downloading YouTube videos – A clear winner

When you see a video online, you either stream it or download it locally. When you download a clip from YouTube, or any other site for that matter, you obtain a copy of that file on the device you are using. When you stream a video, you do not have it on your computer. The file is located on a server, so you receive tiny bits of data at a time. Undoubtedly, streaming is great. You have access to a vast library at any time of the day. However, it drains battery life and consumes a non-negligible amount of data. You are better off downloading the clips you want to see time and time again.

Downloading is the clear winner. If you are not content with low quality, it makes sense to physically download the video and watch it whenever it is convenient. You have instant access to the file that you want, which can come in handy if, say, you need help with cooking. The video is at the tip of your fingers, so enjoy watching.

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