Even if you are not into the most mainstream ideas out there, you are still probably using YouTube. The number of content creators there provides plenty of education and entertainment.
However, one of the downsides that YouTube has is that you never know when a video might disappear without any prior notice. Such a situation can be easily avoided if you save videos directly to your device.
Plenty of information is available about this subject. For instance, this guide from Setapp on how to download YouTube videos and save them for offline use. But since this article focuses on Macbook, and not everyone uses this particular device, it would be better to expand the list of options.
Use a Browser
The most common and easiest way to download videos to a computer is by using a browser and mp4 converter. You can find plenty of websites that let you download videos directly from various platforms, including YouTube.
The only thing you will need is to copy the URL of the video you want to download and paste it on the website. After the process of converting is over, you will need to choose the format and click the download button.
The second option is getting software that downloads videos. It would be impossible to name all of them, but a quick search on Google should provide you with more than enough options.
Keep in mind that you can choose between free and paid software. The choice will depend on whether you are willing to spend any money, to begin with. And it is worth mentioning that free software does the trick just as fine.
One of the main reasons why people need downloading software is because downloading from a browser can be a bit too slow. Also, most of these websites will have a daily limit – you won’t be able to download as many videos as you want.
Android YouTube App
Smartphones are just as popular as regular computers. If you have an Android device, you can open the YouTube application, select the video you want, click on the share button, and choose “YouTube downloader”. You can download MP4 and MP3 formats. Keep in mind, though, that your phone and tablet do not have as much hard drive space.
Apple users might also find themselves needing to download a video from YouTube to their iPhone or iPad.
Get “Documents 6” app from the store. When you launch the application, click on the compass icon, the one that looks like Safari. A web browser will pop up. You will have to enter “savefromnet” phrase in the search window.
Click on the first link and paste the URL of the video. Select the format and click the download button. The video will be located in the Downloads section of the app.
This one is a bit trickier, but not something that Apple users should be surprised about.
If you want a hassle-free and legal way to download money and are willing to pay a monthly subscription fee, YouTube Red is the way to go.
Just visit the platform and click on your profile icon. You should see “Get YouTube Red” on the menu. You will need to enter your credit card details and all that jazz. Depending on what device you are on, the subscription fee varies between 10 to 15 dollars a month.
After you have the service on your account, a download button will be available under every video, between the share and save buttons. You can select the quality of the video and download it and watch it offline whenever you want.
In summary, YouTube has become a cornerstone of the internet, and it will continue to be one of the most popular websites throughout the world. But because you can never be certain whether your favorite videos will be available forever, you need to take precautions. And the methods mentioned above solve the problem, no matter what device you are using.