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How to Download Videos from YouTube (2020)

Edited By Piyush Kashyap, Reviewed By Gulshan

What started off as a mere video uploading site, has now become an indispensable phenomenon, catering to millions around the globe.

The popularity of YouTube videos is unmatched and users are always glued to their favorite channels. Around 300 hours of video is uploaded on this video streaming site every minute and it gets over 30 million visitors per day. 

Whether you are interested in music, movie, sports, hobbies, arts, crafts, cuisines, travel or home decor, there is always something interesting available on YouTube.

In fact, YouTube has now become our go to place for every bit of information that we need. Everything from video tutorials to reviews on almost anything under the sun can be easily accessed through YouTube.

How to Download Videos from YouTube

YouTube is a free, online video streaming site that runs millions of videos on a daily basis. It allows users to share or bookmark favorite videos, there is no option for downloading it. What started off as a mere video uploading site, has now become an indispensable phenomenon, catering to millions around the globe.

The popularity of YouTube videos is unmatched and users are always glued to their favorite channels. Around 300 hours of video is uploaded on this video streaming site every minute and it gets over 30 million visitors per day.

You can even create online libraries of your favorite videos but these are accessible only with a working internet connection. The problem arises when you have a weak data signal or have no connectivity at all.

These videos are perfect for keeping anybody entertained and such stuff becomes even more necessary when you are travelling or visiting places without a reliable 4G connection. It is at times such as this that downloaded content becomes useful.

Downloading any YouTube video is easy and simple. There are some in-built tools in YouTube that allow users to download videos but, there are also third-party tools that aid this process. These tools efficiently download your favorite videos to the desktop, laptop, mobile phone or tab.

If you have always wondered about how to download youtube videos, here’s a guide that will take you through the process, step by step.

Install 4K Video Down-Loader

It is one of the easiest ways to download videos to your personal computer. All you need to do is, install the 4K Video downloader from the official website and this software is completely free to use. It allows users to download entire playlists from YouTube.

Users can also download 3D as well as 360 degree videos with the help of this downloader. Click on the ‘download’ button to first install the software in your computer. Once you are done, simply check the ‘Launch’ box and click on ‘Finish’ to download the videos of your choice.

This is an extremely versatile downloader which has customizable qualities and works with all kinds of file types, irrespective of your computer’s resolution. The software is also capable of downloading subtitles along with the video and it often downloads videos from embedded links as well.

Although, the website also lists a paid version, it is sufficient to make use of the free version. 

  • Copy URL of Selected YouTube Video
  • In the next step, you need to copy the complete URL of your chosen video. If you are wondering where to find the URL, its right above your screen, in the address bar. Select the entire URL, right click and select ‘Copy’.
  • Now you have to paste the selected URL into the 4K downloader.
  • Open the 4K downloader installed in your PC. On the top left corner of the menu bar is the paste option. You can directly click on it to insert the copied URL.
  • Alternatively, you can paste the link in the provided space by clicking ‘Ctrl+V’ on your keyboard.
  • Once the software detects the video, it will give you options to download the video in your chosen resolution. If a 4K video is available, it can easily download higher resolutions as well. 
  • But, the quality of your downloaded video will completely depend on the quality of the original video.

Options to Choose Quality and Format

The 4K downloader offers several options for downloading YouTube videos. It can download entire videos or just its audio, if you prefer to do so.

  • Click on the drop down menu provided on the left of your screen, to select actions you’d like the downloader to perform.
  • The drop down menu on the right will help you choose the desired format. MP4 videos are the best option because it can be played across multiple devices.
  • It not only allows you to download good quality videos but also balances the file size optimally.
  • Once you are done with these, you need to choose the video quality.
  • The highest resolution will offer best pictures and therefore, if you are planning to play the YouTube video on your computer or television screen, it is always advisable to get the best resolution. However, there is one down side to this. These files are heavier and take up a lot of space. Moreover, it takes time to download high resolution videos. In order to check the file size, click on the left to determine how heavy your file is likely to be.
  • There are also options to keep your downloaded files in a desired location. Select the browse button at the bottom and you can choose the place for downloads.
  • Once you have made your preferred selection, simply click on ‘Download’ and your favorite YouTube video will soon make its way to your computer, here is the video of how to download youtube videos using SS which will help download you favorite videos.

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More Options to Download

After downloading a single video, you can go ahead and select some more videos from your favorite YouTube channel. The downloader will prompt for more downloads. At this point, you can select some more videos for downloading. Up to 24 videos can be downloaded at a time with the 4K downloader.

Where to Find the Downloaded Files

You can easily find the downloaded files in the destination folder chosen by you. If you haven’t chosen anything at the beginning, it will be in your Laptops ‘Downloads’ folder. The videos can be played directly from the 4K downloader. Press ‘Play’ and the videos will start playing.

Alternatively, you can visit your destination folder and play it from there. The downloader will keep the downloaded videos on its list if you do not choose to remove them. So, every time you open the downloader, there will be a complete list of all the downloaded videos, irrespective of the number of times it was closed or restarted.

Smart Mode

The video installer also has a Smart Mode that allows users to store their preferences easily.  All you have to do is click on the light bulb option given on the top of your screen. Once selected, all your preferences will be stored and the next time you paste an URL, the video will be downloaded in the chosen format.

Web Based Alternatives

In case you are not comfortable with an installed software, you can try a number of web based alternatives as well. These are convenient and can be used without downloading any software. However, there are some risks associated with these sites. They often redirect to inappropriate pop-up pages which might increase the security threat of your computer.

DLNowSoft is one such service that works well and is advertisement free. However, it has a policy that restricts downloading of copyrighted content. Another website that allows you to download YouTube videos free of cost is VidPaw.

The URL of the selected video can either be pasted directly on the site or the word ‘paw’ can be added at the end of the original URL. But, you can download videos only up to 720p, even if the original video has a resolution of 1080p.

Other YouTube Downloaders

YTD Video Down-loader

It downloads YouTube videos as well as videos from 50 other video hosting sites. The downloader also helps to convert files to chosen formats. It also has specially designed apps for Android and iOS.

But, the Android app cannot be downloaded from Google Play and you have to get it from the APK file provided by them. The file itself will have instructions for downloading videos and you have to follow the steps.


With similar features like YTD, this website is also capable of downloading videos from over 50 websites. It can also download entire channels or complete playlists and offers options for full HD downloads as well.

Videos or audio files can also be converted to specific formats with this downloader and it can also integrate with your internet browser to start one-button downloads directly from YouTube.

Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter has a free and premium version. While the upgraded one offers options to download videos from multiple websites including Facebook and YouTube, there may be some limitations with the free version. It can also capture video streams from networks such as Netflix.

DLNow Video Downloader
A completely free service, DLNow Video Downloader has a list of 570 sites to work with. If you want to download a video in best quality or want an MP3 conversion for an audio file, it can easy complete the task without any hassle.

With access to over 10,000 websites, KeepVid does not just download YouTube videos, it also offers a slew of download options for both video and audio files. It can download in every size possible and can even get you MP3 audio files.

All you have to do is click on the file you want and select ‘Save Link as’ to get the desired file to your desktop. But, remember to get Java installed beforehand if you are trying to use KeepVid.

How to download youtube videos in mobile

Google Play Store generally does not offer any apps for downloading YouTube videos directly since Google does not allow this kind of an access. But, it is possible to download some content with Android without going through Google.

You have to download the APK or Android application package and launch the app from the ‘Downloads’ section of your phone. Launch the app and use it to reach your favorite videos on YouTube.

The download links are built in and you can easily grab the videos of your choice. And if you are trying to make the process easier, get the videos on your PC or laptop and simply transfer it to your mobile device.

For iPhones or iPads, you have to import files to iTunes and sync it with your iOS device. Alternatively, a video playback app such as Good Reader can help to transfer files to your Apple device. Waltr2 can also be used for transferring files to your iPhone or iPad.


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About the Author

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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