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A Guide To Downloading YouTube Videos For Offline Viewing

A Guide To Downloading YouTube Videos For Offline Viewing
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A Guide To Downloading YouTube Videos For Offline Viewing

25 Aug 2020By Samantha

Every once in a while, we happen to stumble upon a youtube video and just think - how good would it be if you could download it for when you don’t have access to the internet. Maybe it’s a music video or a particular YouTube series, but if you want to download it, in this article, you will find out how.

Your options

So basically, you have two options on how you want to go with downloading YouTube videos. The first option which enables you to do this is finding and downloading third-party software. With this software, you can further download any video that you want directly to your device in the form of an mp3 or an mp4 file.

The second option is that you can choose to pay for a monthly subscription and buy YouTube Premium. Then you can gain access to downloading your videos, but not directly on your device. You need a YouTube app to view the downloaded videos offline.

Third-party software

If you don’t have the money, or you just don’t want, for whatever reasons, to spend money on YouTube premium, this is probably the best option for you. Also, by using third-party software, you don’t need to worry about not being able to watch a video on YouTube if it’s author happens to delete it, which is something that you can’t avoid if you are using YouTube premium.

There is plenty of different third-party software out there. Since pretty much all of the third-party software works almost identically, we are going to write about the process in general. So, keep in mind that there will probably be minor differences depending on the chosen software.

Finding the right software

First of all, you need to find the software you will use to download the videos. There are countless apps available on the internet, so be sure to do your research and choose the most credible one. For instance, people regularly download music videos with Viddly because it’s intuitive to use. Whatever software you choose, you are going to need to install it on your computer first.

Choosing the video

The second step is really the easiest one, so, of course, you need to open your browser, and then go to the YouTube site. Search the keywords for the video that you want to download, and once you find it, go ahead and copy its link to your clipboard. Once you have the link on your clipboard, you can close the tabs, since you aren’t going to need it anymore.

Okay, so, now you will open your software of choice, and then paste the link of your YouTube video in the designated area. You can’t miss it, and it’s always in a very visible place, so you don’t need to look for it.

Specific details

The first thing that the software needs to do is to check the video URL. Once that is done, it will proceed to ask you about the specific details from which you can choose whatever you want. The options are mostly comprised of video quality, formats, and conversions. You also have the option to choose the location of choice where the software will create a folder that’s going to contain all of your downloaded videos in the future.

The last step - download!

The last step is to click the download button. After that, you will be shown a progress page, which usually consists of details like the download size, the download speed, and the time remaining until your download finishes. Of course, you can choose to pause the download whenever you want. Once your video is downloaded, you are ready to go! You can find the video in the folder that you have chosen beforehand.

YouTube Premium

Well, probably the easiest way to download videos in order to watch them offline afterward is by getting a YouTube Premium subscription. This way, you aren’t going to need any third-party software. Although you should know that even if you do have YouTube Premium, the only way to download the video is on the actual YouTube application, not on the YouTube site.

How does it work

The steps are pretty straightforward. First, you are going to open the YouTube application on your phone, choose any video that you have in mind, click on the download icon, and then you will be presented with the choice of the quality of the video in question. Afterward, when the video download finishes, you can view it in your library.

We hope that this guide has made downloading YouTube videos a lot easier for you. If you follow all the steps mentioned, you probably won’t have any problems. Good luck, and enjoy your videos offline!