How to Download Youtube Videos on Laptop, iOS and Android

Youtube is everywhere nowadays. From intricate gaming setups to interactive tutorials, YouTube offers a vast library of billions of videos for streaming, but occasionally, you might want to download youtube videos for offline enjoyment. While downloading your own videos is a straightforward process, downloading from other creators- not so much.

In this article, we take a look at some of the most common and easy ways to download videos on every device. Let’s get into it !

How to Download Youtube Videos on Laptop

i) Using VLC Player

VLC media player is one of the most popular media players out there, so if you don’t have it, go ahead and download it. When you’re done, come back, and follow the following steps:

  1. Copy the URL of the YouTube video you wish to download.
  2. Select Open Network Stream from the Media menu or Click CTRL + N.
  3. Enter the URL in the network URL as shown.
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4. If this works, you should see the video start playing in VLC. If the VLC screen remains blank (as it did for us) and doesn’t play a video, you need a fix. The fix that worked for us was to download youtube.lua from VLC’s github repo, copy it to the playlist folder (C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\playlist) and delete or rename the youtube.luac file that it’s meant to replace.

5. Hit Ctrl+J to get codec information

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6. If you’re on a PC, once the video starts playing, click Tools in the menu bar, then Media Information. If you’re on a Mac, click Window in the menu, then Media Information.

7. Copy the URL by pressing Ctrl+C after selecting all the text using Ctrl+A from the Location box.

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8. Paste the link into the browser and press Enter. After the video starts playing, click the 3 dot menu at the bottom right and then choose Download

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ii) Using Youtube Premium

Easiest way to download the Youtube video. Even though its not free, it’s still worth it, if you can spare 10 to 12 bucks per month.

You can watch the downloaded content offline, but only on the same browser. Here’s the step-by-step to do so:

1. Find the video you want to download and under the title, a little below it, select the Download option as depicted in the screenshot taken on the desktop below.

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2. The video is saved in “Library” > “Downloads” .

iii) HitPaw Video Converter

HitPaw Video Converter is a powerful tool that allows users to convert YouTube videos into various formats, such as MP3 and MP4, while providing lightning-fast download speeds. With this software, users can effortlessly download videos, audio, playlists, and even entire channels, enhancing their online media experience.

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To download YouTube videos to your PC using HitPaw Video Converter, follow these simple steps:

  1. Launch the software and open the downloader.
  2. Copy the URL of the YouTube video you wish to download and paste it into the designated box.
  3. Select the desired video size and customize other options, such as cover images and subtitles.
  4. Click the download button to initiate the download process.

Additionally, if you are a macOS user, HitPaw Video Converter also supports converting YouTube videos to MP3 on Mac.

How to download Youtube Videos on iOS

i) SaveFrom.app

If you want to download youtube videos without a software on iOS and Mac, simply headover to SaveFrom.app , and follow the following steps:

  1. Enter the URL of the video you want to download in the “PAste Video” text box
  2. Select your desired resolution from the list
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3. Download the youtube video to your local machine

    ii) Third Party Apps

    If you dont want to root your phone, here’s your best alternative to download youtube videos:

    1. Begin by installing the Documents by Readdle app on your device.
    2. Launch the app and tap on the compass icon located at the bottom right corner to open the web browser.
    3. In the browser, navigate to the videosolo website
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    1. Copy the link of the YouTube video you want to download.
    2. Paste the YouTube video link into the text box on the website.
    3. Tap on the “Download” button.

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    1. Wait for a few moments while the video is decoded and a list of different output formats and quality options is generated.
    2. To save your downloaded videos to your iPhone or iPad hard drive, go back to the Documents app home screen and open your Downloads folder.
    3. Find the video you want and tap the three dots icon next to it. Tap on Share and then tap Save Video.

    How to Download Youtube Videos on Android

    Downloading Youtube Videos on android is a bit tricky as traditionally, no direct apps are avl on Play Store for that. But here’s a workaround for that.

    i) Tubemate

    Google does not support downloading YouTube videos from unauthorized sources, so the TubeMate app is not available for download from the Google Play Store. However, you can install the app on your Android device as a sideload via the following link.

    Disclaimer: We don’t recommend using TubeMate for downloading, and would recommend users to use Youtube Premium for the same. Use at your own risk. Zack Michaels is not to be held responsible in case anything goes wrong on your device.

    Follow the given steps to download the video on your device:

    1. Open the app and grant the necessary permissions.
    2. Once launched, you’ll see a familiar YouTube interface within the app.
    3. Browse and play the YouTube video you want to download on your Android device.
    4. Tap the green download icon located in the upper-right corner of the screen [3].
    5. A new pop-up window will appear with various download options.
    6. Select the desired quality and file format for the video. You can even choose to download only the audio if you prefer [1].
    7. Tap the download button, and the video will start downloading [2].
    8. Once the download is complete, you can find the video in your phone’s native video library.
    9. Enjoy watching the video offline at your convenience!
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    ii) 4K Downloader

    To download YouTube videos using 4K Video Downloader on your Android phone, follow these steps:

    1. Copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to download to your Android phone’s clipboard.
    2. Open the 4K Video Downloader app on your phone and tap on the “Paste Link” button.
    3. The app will automatically fetch the video from YouTube and start downloading it in the highest possible resolution.

    The user interface of 4K Video Downloader is designed to be simple and beginner-friendly. It doesn’t overwhelm users with multiple options like file types and resolutions, which can be confusing. You can customize the default download settings in the app, and 4K Video Downloader will try to download videos with settings that closely match your preferences.

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    Summary

    Downloading Youtube Videos ultimately depends on the device you are on. Some methods are universal such as Youtube Premium, and SaveFrom.app, whilst some are more device centered (such as Tubemate). The choice is yours, but we would recommend going forward with Youtube Premium for obvious reasons.

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