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How To Download YouTube Videos: The Ultimate Guide

So you are wanting to download YouTube videos? In our mobile world, you may watch a music video or viral video, but then realize you're stuck due to a lack of Wi-Fi or restrictive data plan. Thankfully, it's now easier than ever to store videos on your phone and download them too. You may be asking yourself, is downloading YouTube videos legal? When it comes to copyright infringement, downloading a video for your own personal offline use is usually okay. There are some gray areas when it comes to downloading videos. Google's term of service says “You shall not download any Content unless you see a ‘download' or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content.”

By downloading YouTube videos, it's essentially taking money out of Google's pockets due to the pre-roll and in-video advertisements. In most cases, we'd recommend against downloading YouTube videos unless the video is just for you. Whatever your reason is to download a YouTube video though, here's how.

How To Download YouTube Videos

There's quite a few ways to download YouTube videos right now. You can either use a YouTube downloading website, software, or a browser extension.

Download YouTube Videos With Websites

Trying to avoid installing software altogether? Video download helpers do the work for you, providing you with the video conversion as well as a download link. Websites can take a lot longer depending on the size of the video, but you really can't beat the convenience of using a website to download YouTube videos. Due to the programming of these websites, there are quite a few ad traps on some of these websites. Be aware of the different websites and do not fall into a trap.


KeepVid is one of the most popular YouTube download sites. By supporting downloads from 28 different websites, KeepVid allows you to copy and paste the video's URL into the field, and click “download” to right right of it. Be aware of the big advertisement that also says “download” as this is an example of an ad trap.


Step 1: Copy the YouTube URL and paste it into the field stating “Enter video link to download.”

Step 2: Click the down arrow next to where you entered the URL.

Step 3: Once the video has completed its conversion, click on Max 720p and the button that says “Download.”

While there are 1080p versions available, KeepVid wants its users to use Download Pro which costs roughly $19/year.

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Online Video Converter

Online Video Converter is another one of the most popular website helpers for downloading videos. In addition to converting the videos to be downloaded, Online Video Converter also gives you the option of converting the video to a number of different audio and video formats.

Online Video Converter

VD YouTube

By simply entering vd in the address bar before your YouTube link and pressing enter, VD YouTube gets to work by allowing its users to download a hd720p version of any YouTube video. Be sure to watch out for the ad traps on VD YouTube though as there are many fake “Download” buttons.

Download YouTube Videos With Software

Third-party software is a typically a favorite for many people that download YouTube videos. Typically, you paste the URL for the YouTube video you want into the app, and it will download the highest quality version it can find, and download it in MP4 format. Here are some of the best options for software.

4K Video Downloader

4K Video Downloader is a free software that offers clear download links and best of all, no ad traps. The 4K Video Downloader software downloads to plenty of formats and will even grab subtitles. The software's users can download from sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook.

Gihost TubeGet

Gihost TubeGet is another free video downloading software. TubeGet will download videos in HD, SD, or even 4K, and will download from not just YouTube. The program has a built-in MP3 converter which grabs as many as five video simultaneously.

Download YouTube Videos With Browser Extensions

A browser extension often times can be life savers. The Chrome Web Store offers dozens of different video downloader extensions, and here's a free to name.


FastestTube is free and is available on Opera, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chromium-based browsers. This downloader extension loads automatically on YouTube videos and will appear on the far left with the words “Download.”

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