How do I download YouTube videos?

Are you looking to download a YouTube video? Although basic YouTube provides downloads only for selected videos from certain places, there are methods you can download every YouTube video that you like anytime.

This article will discuss two ways to pay for YouTube Premium and use the free Mac, Windows, or Linux application.

The paid option is YouTube Premium

I’m a big advocate of YouTube Premium because it protects my wife and me from having to endure the majority of ads However, it’s an expense of a high-end. You can sign up for YouTube Premium for $11.99 a month (or $17.99 each month for the family package).

My personal favorite is the complete absence of ads from Google. There aren’t any banners, no pre-rolls, and there are no interstitial advertisements. But the YouTube channel wishes to insert an ad into the film, YouTube Premium does not remove those YouTuber-embedded advertisements.

YouTube Premium also includes background play and picture-in-picture, YouTube Music, and access to YouTube Originals. I’ve never tried these three features, but they’re all part of the premium package.

YouTube Premium also comes with the capability to download videos. If you’re on YouTube Premium, you’ll have the option to download videos from your web browser or on the phone app.

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You can download them in the Downloads section of YouTube.

Note that YouTube states that downloads remain available for as long as you’re connected to access the internet at a minimum every 30 days. This way, YouTube can confirm you remain a YouTube Premium subscriber.

where to find downloads

There’s no easy method to convert that downloaded file into a video that can be used for a PC and, therefore, if you wish to make use of the video something other than offline watching it’s probably not in the clear. Similar is the case with iOS.

If your phone is an Android user and has an SD card slot on your phone, you’ll need to change the YouTube app’s settings (tap your profile picture, then Settings after which you can select Downloads) to save YouTube videos onto your SD card.

download options

So, you’ve learned how to download videos in a barely usable format at the low price of $11.99 for a month. What if, however, you’d like more options and would like to do it at no cost? Yes, we’ve got the solution for you.

Your (even better) free option: ClipGrab

I want to acknowledge ZDNet’s managing editor for informing me about this program some time ago. Since then, I’ve used it for years from the time it was introduced.

ClipGrab is a program that is free access to Mac, Windows, and Linux users. The creator claims that it’s open-source, but the source software is only available for Linux. In any event, ClipGrab rocks.

Open your browser’s address to and click the Show All Download Options link. There are download options for Mac, Windows, and Linux there. I’ll provide an example of the Mac versions in the following post, however, the interface is nearly identical for all three.

Making use of ClipGrab is simple

  1. Copy the YouTube video’s URL. This can be done using the URL bar in your browser or clicking the Share button beneath the video’s title.
  2. Launch ClipGrab. Make sure that you’re there on the Downloads tab.
  3. Enter an URL to the website of the film that you want to download.
  4. Then, you can click on Grab The Clip.

There are options to modify.

For instance, you could choose the format that you’d like the video to be stored in when it’s saved on your computer. I typically choose Original but I’ll also specify an alternative if it does not work.

You can also select a resolution for download. Based on the resolution at the time of its creation, you can decide to download the entire resolution or lower the resolution in order to save space.

After that, clicking to open the settings tab will allow you to alter the location ClipGrab places your downloaded videos.

Legal, moral, ethical, and caloric concerns

Once you’ve learned the method to download YouTube videos, do you? The first thing to remember is that each state has its own laws. It might or may make sense to not download any specific video, even though all you intend to do is play it offline.

If you’re planning to download a video in order to integrate it into something you’re creating, remember that certain countries use the concept of fair use. In these countries, tiny footage of copyrighted content could be used in your work. However, keep in mind that YouTube is an algorithmic platform that looks for users who reuse their videos and your channel may be given an infringement notice for using media.

That’s it. Do you have any other ideas for achieving the same result? Tell us about it via the comment section below.

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