How To Download Videos From Youtube On Your Smartphone And Pc

Hours of footage is uploaded to lớn YouTube every second. What if you want to lớn tải về it? In some circles, that's considered a big no-no, but you have your reasons, right? Here's how.

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There are some major caveats.

This is considered an experimental feature. Google only plans to make it available officially until October 19, 2021. So you"ve sầu got less than a month lớn try it. Who knows if YouTube will make it permanent.

All the video clip you tải về is limited to 1080p quality max, or lower. No 4K.

You can only try one experimental feature at a time (so you can"t have sầu this feature active along with the new trial of "picture-in-a-picture on iOS.")

On your first download—initiated by clicking the Download liên kết under a Clip you see in Chrome, Edge, or Opera on the desktop—the service will try to get you khổng lồ download the YouTube desktop phầm mềm, which is không lấy phí & optional.

The biggest caveat however is that this feature doesn"t really download a đoạn phim to lớn save on your computer forever. It is more akin to lớn the tải về feature found on di động apps for Netflix & Hulu, which makes a streaming đoạn phim available to lớn watch later, using your local storage. This is not a method that allows you lớn, say, watch a video using a different player like the VLC Media Player.


You access the download by going khổng lồ the YouTube hamburger thực đơn & selecting Downloads lớn get the list of what you"ve grabbed with the browser. The page says "Downloads remain available as long as your device has an active sầu mạng internet connection at least once every 30 days."

This probably isn"t exactly what you are looking for in a tải về. But the tools below deliver exactly that.

Desktop Software

Third-tiệc nhỏ software is where you will get the best control over downloading online videos. Typically, you paste the URL for the YouTube Clip you want into the program, & it downloads the highest unique version it can find. For videos in 1080p High Definition (HD) format, that"s usually an MP4 tệp tin. For anything higher in quality—4K or 8K—the file format is typically MKV.

In the past,YouTube videos were Flash-based, so your download was an FLV tệp tin, but those tend khổng lồ be harder khổng lồ play baông chồng. MP4, short forMPEG-4 Part 14 multitruyền thông format, plays everywhere

cảnh báo that the MKV file, also called a Matroska, is acontainer—the tệp tin could contain Clip utilizing any number of codecs inside. The fool-proof way to play them all is to use theVLC Media Playerfor Windows, which plays everything. (Read more about it below.) As for the downloaders, here are the best options.

VLC Media Player

Free; Windows, macOS, Linux

We mention VLC Media Player above sầu because it"s a fantastic tool for Windows users that plays baông chồng just about any truyền thông media ever created. It turns out, it also has the ability to lớn download YouTube videos, albeit in a convoluted way. (If you run inkhổng lồ any problems with it, you may need lớn bởi vì a full re-install of VLC & clear your cabít lớn make it work.)

Copy a URL from a YouTube đoạn Clip, then open up VLC. From the Media menu, select xuất hiện Network Stream (Ctrl+N) and paste in the URL. Cliông xã Play. When the đoạn phim is playing, go khổng lồ Tools > Codec Information. There is a box at the bottom called "Source"—copy the URL you find in that box.


Go bachồng lớn your browser and paste the URL—it"s a temporary web address & will expire eventually—in the address bar and start playing the video clip. When you"re viewing the đoạn Clip in the browser, you"ll see an option to tải về the tệp tin to keep locally.


However, it appears that VLC is only going khổng lồ save your file as 1080p và not any higher, even if the original YouTube stream was available in 1440p or 2160p (aka 4K). It also won"t convert đoạn Clip to other formats. To get those options, you need the desktop software below.

4K Video Downloader

Free or $15 for lifetime license on 3 computers; Windows, macOS, Ubuntu Linux, Android


Multi-lingual 4K Video Downloader (4KVD) is frequently updated & features clear download liên kết on the program"s website; no ad traps here. The software does what it advertises in a simple interface: grabs videos up lớn 8K in quality và downloads to lớn plenty of formats. Just copy a YouTube URL & cliông chồng thePaste Linkbutton khổng lồ get started. 4KVD will even grab subtitles, entire playlists, & all the videos in a channel lớn which you subscribe. The sites supported are limited khổng lồ the big names like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and a few others, but that covers most of what you need. It does display a large banner advertisement to lớn keep the lights on và you"re limited to lớn 30 downloads a day on the free version.

In tests, I had to lớn make a switch from MP4 to MKV format khổng lồ get my thử nghiệm Clip to lớn download in 4K. 4KVD snagged the 3-minute, 229.7MB file for the movie trailer in about 1 minute & trăng tròn seconds. 4KVD defaults baông xã to 1080p HD, so I made the same switch when downloadingan Ultra High Definition (8K) playmenu.

If you enable the Smart Mode and its pre-sets, 4KVD can perkhung one-click downloads khổng lồ your favorite format. If you want to lớn download more than 25 videos at a time or subscribe khổng lồ YouTube channels to instantly download the lademo, that requires the paid version. Playbaông chồng of the resulting MKV files via VLC Media Player was flawless.

The program itself has an option to lớn extract audio khổng lồ MP3 format, so you don"t even need the4K YouTube khổng lồ MP3 companion software.

WinX YouTube Downloader

Free; Windows và macOS (MacX YouTube Downloader)


Digiarty"s multi-lingual WinX claims khổng lồ allow downloads from300+ sites with user-generated content—including adult sites. Perhaps the biggest selling point of all is the clayên ổn that "There is no malware, adware, spyware or virus. 100% clean." It has a clean interface, but there are ads for WinX"s premium service during install.

Copy a YouTube URL (even for a playlist) và launch the WinX software. The "analyzer" checks all the options. This tool tried khổng lồ default khổng lồ the 1,920-by-1,080 version in MP4; I picked the 4K version (3,840-by-2,160 pixels) inWebM format, a subphối of the MKV format—you can rename a .WEBM tệp tin to lớn a .MKV and it"ll work fine. In settings, there are options to lớn default to lớn WebM at the highest resolution. You can phối up a number of videos khổng lồ bachồng up before you even cliông xã the download button. The 4K 226.9MB tệp tin took 2 minutes and 19secondsto download.

There are no options for downloading closed captions. That"s another strike. But WinX makes up for it by supporting so many download sites và being miễn phí.


Free; Windows và macOS


The không lấy phí 5KPlayer is a lot more than a downloader, but it"s got a hechồng of an integrated downloader. Promising no viruses, ads, or plug-in requirements is a good start. It is, sadly, one of the few I tested that asks for a registration of your name và email—you have sầu lớn do that to lớn get the full download functionacross 300+ sites. However, you can still nab 4K vids from YouTube without registering.

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When downloading, the program does try lớn hide some things. Paste in the URL for a YouTube đoạn phim and the analysis engine runs & shows only a few download options. Cliông xã the gear ibé, then the Show All button và scroll lớn see more—lượt thích a 4K 3,840-by-2,160 file in WebM format. The 227MB WebM demo tải về took an agonizing6.5 minutes. Grabbing playlists was possible, but you must adjust tải về settings one video clip at a time. The confusing interface makes it hard to lớn go baông chồng khổng lồ the other videos in the playlist.

5K Player also features DLNA hệ thống playbaông xã so videos you grab can be watched on any devices that tư vấn DLNA, and it supports AirPlay for quiông chồng playback to supported devices. Pick a đoạn phim in the library for quiông chồng conversion to lớn MP4, MP3, or even ACC (the audio format preferred by iOS devices). The player didn"t lượt thích playing back the overly large 4K tệp tin, though, & experienced buffering issues (VLC didn"t have sầu any problem with the same file). But ultimately, there"s a lot to lớn lượt thích about 5K Player, from the price lớn the features, especially if you look at them as extras on a downloader. But interface & playbaông xã issues may have sầu you looking elsewhere.

FoneGeek Video Downloader

Free trial with five downloads; then $9.95 per month, $15.95 per year, or $25.95 lifetime use; Windows, macOS


FoneGeek Video Downloader might have sầu appeared higher on this danh mục if it weren"t for the lack of không lấy phí options. You only get to download five sầu videos không tính phí before you have sầu khổng lồ pay. Obviously, the only reasonable price is the lifetime use for around $26. For that, you get one of the cleanest interfaces I"ve ever seen on a downloader and a quiông chồng one. It downloaded our test 4K video as an MP4 in 1 minute & 16 seconds. You can also choose to lớn tải về subtitles and even a thumbnail image, or whether to lớn get the audio-only as a WebM or M4A tệp tin. Shame about that price, but it does come with a 30-day money-bachồng guarantee.

Helper Websites

Do you want to lớn avoid installing software? Video download helper sites are supposed to lớn do the tải về work for you. All of them bởi vì one basic thing: you give them a YouTube URL (or another video site, if supported), they parse it, give sầu you a choice of what size tải về you want, and provide a links lớn said tải về. They work on any platsize, sometimes even on Mobile devices. You don"t have to lớn install anything on your PC. It can take a lot longer, depending on the kích thước và chất lượng of the đoạn Clip you want, but you can"t beat the convenience.

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The problem is, you can"t always trust them. There arehundredsof these types of sites out there—it seems anyone with a modicum of coding ability has phối one up. Such sites easily go from useful lớn suspicious, especially if they get popular and the proprietor sells out to lớn make cash off your visits.

Since this story was first published, all the helper sites we recommended have been removed for reasons like adding sexually explicit ads; no longer working; switching to lớn pushing its download utility only, and one for going out of business lớn avoid getting sued.

For that reason, we"re not recommending any helper site at the moment. Try one if you find it, but if your browser, antivi khuẩn, or instincts throw up warnings, avoid and move on.


A browser extension can save sầu you a step. However, you"re going to lớn run inkhổng lồ some issues with downloading video from YouTube, especially if you"re using Chrome as your primary browser.

The Chrome Web Store—where you get Chrome browser extensions—is controlled by YouTube"s owner Alphabet/Google. Even an extension ostensibly for this purpose isn"t going to allow YouTube direct downloads, because of Chrome Store restrictions. In general, with Chrome extensions, the download of any RTMP. protocol đoạn phim (protected videos) or streaming đoạn phim isn"t possible. You can use them on other sites with đoạn phim, of course. Just not YouTube.

Want to get around it? Get an extension that does not come from the Google Web Store. Some of the programs & helper sites offer an extension component và will spell outhow khổng lồ bởi vì the installwithout the assistance the Chrome Web Store usually provides. Here are a few.

YouTube Video Downloader

Free; Chrome, Opera, Edge, Vivaldi


YouTube Video Downloader from Addoncropis on multiple browsers but with excellent side-load capabilities. It puts a button below whatever video you"re playing on YouTube, making it easy to lớn grab as a Clip up lớn 4K or as an audio-only MP3.

Video DownloadHelper

Free; Firefox, Chrome, Edge

Video DownloadHelper supports a huge number of sites—even those for adults. You"ll know a video clip is downloadable when the ibé for the extension animates when you"re on the website page. Video DownloadHelper for Chrome has stopped working with YouTube—so it could get placement in the Chrome Web Store. You can get around that by using the Video DownloadHelper extension for Firefox or Edge.


Rethành viên that problem of using Chrome extensions from the Google Web Store? You"re going lớn have sầu an even bigger issue when you want to tải về from YouTube using an Android phầm mềm from the Google Play Store, where Google has an even tighter grip (and a paidYouTube Premiumservice that supports offline viewing).



That said, with Android, itispossible khổng lồ install apps without going through Google. For example,InsTube – Free Video and Music Downloaderfor Android can only be found at InsTube"s site. Download the APK (Android application package) file to sideload on an Android device. Find it in your device"s downloads and clichồng to install. (You may have sầu khổng lồ go inkhổng lồ your security settings and enable "Unknown sources.")

On iPhones & iPads, you"d think there would be no such restriction since Apple và Google aren"t exactly the best of pals (or maybe they are). However, on the iOS apps I have tried, not only wouldn"t they tải về from YouTube, they"re typically not available for long. One of those apps said in its description, "downloading from YouTube is prohibited due lớn its Terms of Service." Apple is ensuring that tiện ích makers play by the rules—even Google"s rules.

Chances are, the minute you find an iOS ứng dụng that can tải về YouTube videos, it will get "fixed" or banned. The only real option is to lớn jailbreak your iPhone and use sideloaded apps that tải về what you want.

There are workarounds. One is khổng lồ subscribe to lớn YouTube Premium; it lets you download Clip on your iPhone or ipad to lớn watch later, much as Netflix và Hulu bởi vì.

Another is using a free iOS tệp tin manager ứng dụng likeDocuments by Readdle. Use the Safari browser to lớn visit a YouTube video, & use the Share option lớn find Copy Link. Then go baông xã to Documents, and use the built-in browser in the app lớn surf khổng lồ a video tải về helper site. Paste the links into the khung (hold your finger down on it until you get the "Paste" thực đơn to pop up). The site will give sầu you the link khổng lồ download, và you can save the tệp tin khổng lồ Documents. Hold & drag the file up, until you"re baông xã on the main screen, then drag it lớn the Photos folder. You"ll need to give Documents permission to lớn access Photos the first time. You can then access the Clip lượt thích you would any đoạn phim taken on the phone or tablet—in the Photos tiện ích.

Another workaround: Go bachồng to the desktop & tryAnyTrans ($39.99 for a single computer for one year, Windows or macOS), a desktop tệp tin manager for iOS devices that has an integrated downloader supporting 900 sites, including YouTube and Facebook. It"ll transfer the videos to lớn the iPhone for you over the USB cable. Even if you don"t pay for AnyTrans, the tải về option remains và is không lấy phí forever.


Want a truly chất lượng way to lớn "download" a video? Developer Anton Gera created the YouPost extension for the Google Chrome browser khổng lồ turn a YouTube video clip into lớn an "article." It grabs all the subtitles, in whatever language you prefer, & places them inkhổng lồ a browser page with select screen grabs from the videos as illustration. If the video clip doesn"t have sầu subtitles, it"s not going to lớn work. The better the subtitles, the better the article, of course; auto-generated subtitles come in like run-on sentences by someone who doesn"t really speak the language.

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