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I remember the time when it was a real disaster when you remembered that you’d forgotten to download a couple of YouTube videos and there was a tedious trek on an airplane to be done. Internet isn’t an ever-present thing; the aim is to think about how to keep yourself entertained while you’re traveling.

The other reason to download YouTube videos is when your mobile plan isn’t flexible enough to afford to watch big videos. It’s better to use a Wi-Fi connection and watch videos without any data restrictions. The video streaming site has got a list of YouTube-friendly instruments to allow you to download videos on any operating system. 

Why is YouTube against downloading?

YouTube’s terms of service notice that using third-party apps to download videos violates its rules because you should stream videos directly from its servers. Also, it’s hostility to downloads is to prevent copyright cases.

YouTube has took up a position not to fight with illegal apps, but to offer their own ways to download videos. You can do it through its web service and its own apps. TechRadar has prepared a tutorial for how to download a video using other ways that aren’t offered by YouTube.

Download YouTube Videos (Windows PC edition)

1. Download 4K Video Downloader app

Switch on your Windows PC and download 4K Video Downloader. You shouldn’t pay a penny since this app is free of charge. Moreover it offers the full spectrum of videos: 360-degree, 3D videos, common videos. When the download is finished, check the box marked ‘Launch’ and click ‘Finish’.

2. Copy and insert the video link

Open YouTube in your browser, find the video you want, and copy its link from the address bar. Get back to 4k Video Downloader and click the green ‘Paste Link’ button at the top left.

The app will provide you with video properties, where you can choose the quality of the video you want to download. If you’re lucky to find the video in 4K, the software will allow you to download it in 4K.

3, Don’t miss quality and format settings

When you’re ready to become the owner of the video, the application will offer you to download a whole video, or just rip the audio. In the drop-down menu on the left, you can choose what you prefer and on the right you can choose a format. MP4 is the golden middle for videos, as it provides you with a good balance of quality and file size and it’s affordable on basically every device.

Then, it’s time to choose the quality. Download time depends on the resolution you’ve chosen, so the highest resolution demands more time and more space on your computer. The estimated file size is available on the left.

You can also change the place where the app will download the video. Click the ‘Browse’ button at the bottom, choose the location, and click ‘Download’.

4. Download the YouTube video

4K Video Downloader has a limit: you can download up to 24 videos at once. Plus, the software will ask you whether you want to load other videos from the creator’s channel. 

When the download time is over, you can play the video by right-clicking on 4K Video Downloader and selecting ‘Play’. The video will be present on this list until you choose to remove it.

5. There’s also a Smart Mode

Smart Mode is the option which will remember your download preferences and switch them on instantly. When you click the lightbulb icon it will save your settings and next time you paste a link into 4K Video Downloader, it’ll download the video with the last adjustments you used.

Download YouTube Videos (Android device edition)

1. Download and install TubeMate

TubeMate is a leading app among this type of software for downloading YouTube videos on Android devices. TubeMate stands out for its simplicity when you use it.

You can’t download the app through Google Play Store, since Google protects its services, so instead you should open security and privacy settings on your phone, click on ‘More Settings’ and then tap on ‘Install apps from external sources’. Or there’s another variant: open up ‘Settings’ and go to ‘Security’. Scroll down, and next to where it says ‘Unknown sources’, tap the toggle to turn this setting on.

Now, you can take your Android device to search for TubeMate and select one of the verified sites you’d like to download it from.

2. Make your choice 

Your phone will display a warning notification about downloading APK files, press ‘OK’ to go ahead. When TubeMate is ready to use, click ‘Install’ and ‘Open’. There will be casual permission list the video downloader that it needs to run effectively. When you agree with it, the app will launch.

TubeMate mirrors the familiar YouTube Android app style, so it’s easier for you to orient yourself in the app. Search the video you’d like to download, start playing it and click the red ‘Download’ button at the bottom right.

3. Click to save it

The software will offer you an expanded range of formats. You can choose from many video and audio formats and different quality and resolution options. The right kit of settings depends on the telephone you’ve got. Of course, if you have a flagship smartphone you’re welcome to donwload the highest possible quality version. But we remind you again that the higher resolution the bigger the file, so you need to have enough space on your Android device. 

When you’re happy with the settings, tap the ‘Download’ button one more time. The download screen will not disturb you so you can use your phone as usual, almost. Downloading videos require more energy so your battery life can go to zero faster.

Download YouTube Videos (iPhone edition)

When looking at how to download YouTube videos on your Apple OS device, you should know that the process will differ more or less. If you’re using iOS on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch then you’ll need our first method, and if you’re using OS X or MacOS on a Mac you’ll need the second.

There is one app for iOS called Documents, and even though it’s a file manager, it’s available to download YouTube clips through it.

Open your YouTube app for iOS or Safari browser to find the video you’d like to download. Open “Documents” and look for its web browser icon, which is the little compass at the bottom right of the display. Click and go to safefrom.net. Insert the link of the YouTube video in the input box, you won’t miss it, choose which quality options are the most optimal for you, and start to download.

When it’s over you’ll find it in the Documents downloads section from where you can move it over to ‘Photos > Camera Roll’ so it’s available from outside the app.

Download YouTube Videos (Mac edition)

The most common way to download YouTube Videos for Mac is  MacX YouTube Downloader. The procedure is pretty intuitive. Add the link of the video you’d like to download and choose your optimal quality options.

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