Going to download a YouTube video? Our guide will show you how to get it done in just a few steps.
But before we get into the instructions below, we do need to issue the following warning: Even though it’s legal to share and embed YouTube videos on the internet, downloading them for offline use isn’t always permitted. Downloading videos is considered a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service, unless the video streaming site has explicitly granted permission to download a given video.
That said, here’s how to download YouTube videos. Our favorite method uses a desktop app known as 4K Video Downloader.
Step 1: Download the 4K Video Downloader app
Head over to the 4K Video Downloader official site and click the Get 4K Video Downloader button to download it. Once the installer has downloaded, run it to get the app installed on your computer.
If you don’t have a 4K display, don’t be put off by the name. This is one of the most versatile and simple-to-use download tools available, and it will work with all of your files regardless of your computer’s display resolution. The free version of this software has the ability to download individual videos at customizable qualities all the way up to 4K, has support for 3D and 360-degree videos, can download subtitles, and is even able to do so via embedded links.
There is a paid version with a price tag of $15, but for downloading a simple YouTube video, the free version will suffice.
Step 2: Copy the YouTube video’s URL
The next step is the easiest: Just head over to the YouTube video you want to download and copy its URL from the address bar at the top of your browser window. With the URL locked and loaded in your clipboard, you can close the window or tab of the video.
Step 3: Paste in the URL
Open up the 4K Video Downloader application you just installed. There’s no need to manually paste in the URL — just click on the Paste Link button in the top-left corner of the menu bar and the software will grab the URL from your computer’s clipboard.
Step 4: Download your video
Once it has finished checking the video, you will be given a number of options for video quality, formats, and conversions. You can also adjust the download location of the video, and the application will create a folder that contains all of your downloaded videos. Note that the video the software grabs will be based on your IP address, not the URL you input, so VPN users may need to change their location to download the right version.
Just click the Download button after selecting your desired options. You’ll then be shown a progress page that details download size, download speed, and estimated time remaining. You can pause the download at any time. Once the download is complete, select your video from the window and a vertical three-dots icon should appear on the right side of the window. Click on that icon, and a menu should pop up. From that menu, select Show in Folder to find where on your computer the new video was saved.
Once you have the hang of it, 4K Video Downloader can be configured to download videos automatically or with a single click using Subscriptions or Smart Mode, respectively.
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