How to Download YouTube Videos

Summary
Want to download videos from YouTube without premium subscription? This article will teach you how to download YouTube videos to computer, helping you offline play your favourite YouTube videos, playlists and channels on any device.

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Download YouTube Videos

Download a video from YouTube is to watch the content when they’re not connected to the internet. Sometimes, when you watch your favorite videos on YouTube or other popular websites, you may want to save YouTube videos to PC or Mac, so that you can view them where there is poor internet connectivity, edit them or watch them on other devices like MP4 player. If you want to download YouTube videos to offline watch later, you need to learn how to download YouTube videos effectively. You can download YouTube videos into formats like MP4, AVI, MPEG, and more. Or if you just need audio/music files, you can convert YouTube videos to MP3.

However, YouTube only allows premium subscribers (cost $11.99 per month) to download videos from its website for offline viewing. And the downloaded videos only can be played in YouTube's native application, you cannot move them anywhere. Once the subscription ends, the downloaded videos will be invalid.

Is there a way to free download videos from YouTube? How to download MP4 video from YouTube? Or how can I transfer downloaded YouTube videos to other devices? The answer is Yes! If you want to download YouTube videos for free, or enjoy YouTube videos on any device, you need to use a third-party YouTube video download tool to download and save YouTube videos in your local drive.

Is Downloading YouTube Videos Legal?

When it comes to third-party video downloader for YouTube, some people may be worried about whether it is legal to download YouTube videos with using third-party tools. As we all know, all video contents on YouTube are copyrighted. If you have the permission of the copyright owner, then it's legal to download videos from YouTube. And the downloaded videos can only be used for personal entertainment, if you download the video only for your personal entertainment, it is completely legal; But, if the video you download is used for commercial purposes, it is illegal and you may face potential copyright infringement.

Best YouTube Video Downloader

4kFinder YouTube Video Downloader is an all-featured HD video downloader, it can help you download YouTube videos to MP4 in 1080p, 4K, and even 8K. Besides, it also supports you to download videos from popular sites with high quality, including Veoh, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud and so on. What's more, you can convert YouTube videos to MP3, M4A for offline playback on your MP3 player!

Features of 4kFinder YouTube Video Downloader:

  • Download videos from popular sites: YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook, etc.
  • Download videos, music, playlists, channels from YouTube without Premium.
  • Download YouTube videos to MP4 in 1080p/720P/4K/8K.
  • Download YouTube and SoundCloud music to MP3 with high quality.
  • Batch download YouTube videos to computer, at up to 6X speed.
  • Watch YouTube videos without ads on any device: MP4 player, iPhone, Android, Xbox, etc

Part 1: How to Download YouTube Videos to Computer with 4kFinder?

4kFinder is fully compatible with Windows and Mac. Follow the details tutorial to learn how to download video from YouTube or similar services with 4kFinder Video Downloader. Just follow few simple steps and try it!

Step 1. Copy and Paste YouTube Video URL
First, install and launch 4kFinder Videos Downloader on your computer, then copy the video link from YouTube.

Copy YouTube Video Link

Paste the URL of the YouTube video into the analyzing bar of 4kFinder. Subsequently, click on the "Analyze" button.

Paste YouTube Video Link

Step 2. Select Format and Resolution
4kFinder will resolve the URL automatically, and generates downloading options. You can set the output video format as MP4 in 1080p/720P/4K/8K, etc. By the way, you can also download YouTube video as MP3 at the same time.

Select MP4 Format and Resolution

Step 3. Start to Download YouTube Videos
No simply click on "Download" button, and 4kFinder app will automatically start to download 4k videos from YouTube and save as MP4 files with high quality. During the downloading process, you can click "Pause" or "Pause All" to stop the downloading process. Meanwhile, you can download more videos in batch.

Download YouTube Videos

Step 4. Download YouTube Videos Completed
After a few minutes, you can find the downloaded YouTube videos in “Finished” tab. To quickly locate the downloaded YouTube videos, right click on the video > "Reveal in Finder" option.

Download YouTube Videos Completed

Now all the downloaded YouTube videos in MP4 format will be saved on your local drive forever, then you can transfer or sync to your HD TV, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Huawei, PS4, Xbox, MP4 player and other devices for viewing. Even if there is no Internet or Wi-Fi service, like on an airplane, underground on the subway, or traveling on a dusty road, you can freely enjoy your favourite YouTube videos on your own device!

Part 2: Download YouTube Video to Mobile Device with YouTube Premium

About YouTube Premium subscription: YouTube Premium also offers an ad-free video contents experience and also brings YouTube Music service, which a streaming service that works with regular music (i.e. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Tidal) as well as videos. You can pay $11.99/month to subscribe YouTube Premium.

If you're a YouTube Music Premium member, you can download YouTube video for offline playback on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android mobile device, you need to pay $11.99/month and download YouTube app on iOS/ Android devices.

How to download a YouTube video for offline playback on mobile device?

Step 1. You can sign up for YouTube Premium here.
Step 2. Download and install YouTube app on iOS or Android device.
Step 3. Log in to your YouTube account (YouTube Premium).
Step 4. View the video on YouTube app and visit the video you’d like to download, underneath the video player, you’ll see a “Save” button.

Step 5. Just tap “Save” option start to download video in YouTube app.

download YouTube video for offline playback on iPhone

Then Choose the resolution level. Check to mark it if you want same video resolution all time for future time.

download youtube to iPhone

Download processing will be started automatically, and the Download status will be visible under Library (Offline) tab. Under the Library Tab option you can see all the downloaded videos and current download progress.

download YouTube video for offline playback on iPhone

To download YouTube video on Android device, the downloading process is basically the same on Android smartphones and tablets.

Tips: The downloaded video can only be played in the YouTube app, you cannot extract the video or share it with others. Worse, once the YouTube Premium subscription expires, the downloaded video cannot be played. In addition, some video editing enthusiasts want to download video clips as video material, or download some teaching videos to play in other places without internet connection. In this case, they can only use third-party online YouTube download software.

Part 3: Download a Copy of your own YouTube Video

If you have updated video to YouTube, you can easily to download a copy of your own video from YouTube, even if it’s set to private, you still can download them easily.

Step 1. Log into your YouTube account at studio.youtube.com
Step 2. Click on the left "Videos" menu and find the video you want to download, and click the three-dot menu button alongside it.
Step 3. Just click the "Download" option, at this time.

download a copy of your own YouTube video

Step 4. The browser will pop up a video playback window, click the three dots in the lower right corner of the video playback window, and then click the "Download" option, then you will download an MP4 copy of your video, although it is limited to 720p resolution.

download YouTube video

Part 4: Download a publicly available video from YouTube with VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a powerful media player and YouTube video downloader, which is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, if you want to download a publicly available YouTube video, the VLC Media Player can help you get the YouTube video.

How to Download YouTube Video with VLC?

Step 1. Install and Run VLC on computer
Download, install and launch VLC media player to your Windows or Mac

Step 2. Copy the Video URL from YouTube
Go to the YouTube video you’d like to download and copy the URL to your clipboard.

copy YouTube video URL

Step 3. Paste the Video Link into VLC and Start Playing
For Windows: Open VLC and click "Media" menu in the toolbar. Under that section, then click "Open Network Stream" option.

For Mac: Click on "File" > "Open Network", paste the YouTube video link and click "Open".

VLC Media Player download YouTube video

At this time, VLC application will pop-up a new window, then switch to "Network" tab, please enter the YouTube video URL that you have copied from YouTube, and then press the "Play" button to start playing the video.

VLC Media Player download video

Step 4. Get and Copy Codec Information of the YouTube Video
For Windows: Next, click "Tools" on the video stream and find "Codec Information". A text field at the bottom of that window will include a URL of the YouTube video.

VLC download video from YouTube

For Mac: Select the YouTube video in VLC, hit "Window" > "Media Information". You can see a URL of the YouTube video besides the the "Location" input box.

Step 5. Copy the YouTube URL and Paste it into the Browser Start to Download the YouTube Video
In the latest step, please open a web browser, then you need to copy and paste the YouTube video URL in your browser and press "Enter" on your keyboard, you will get the MP4 video soon.

download YouTube video

Tips: In fact, VLC Media Player is not an expert in video download, it cannot download videos directly, it just helps you to get the video source link, and then download the video on the browser, the quality of the downloaded video is not good. In order to download a good quality video, I suggest you to try some professional video download tools like 4kFinder Video Downloader, our 4kFinder not only can help you download YouTube video in 4K/8K/1080p/720P, but also enables you convert YouTube video to MP3, and download videos from popular websites.

The Final Words

Hope the above information can help you download YouTube video on your Mac or Windows. If you looking for an effective and fast video download tool, 4kFinder video downloader is the best choice, which is quite easy and efficient to use.

download YouTube Video with 4kFinder

In addition, while downloading YouTube videos is technically a Illegal act, downloading videos without prior permission, selling them, and committing copyright infringement are violations of their terms of service. YouTube has made no desire to penalize users for downloading videos. Certain royalty-free videos on YouTube with the correct licenses are legal to download. Plus, if you’re just using the video for personal entertainment, it can be considered legal. Please remember that all video downloaders are not allowed for commercial purposes.

Download YouTube Videos