How to download YouTube videos for offline viewing? (2022)

Downloading a YouTube video can save a lot of internet data if you plan to watch it multiple times. Streaming a video multiple times consumes a lot of internet data, especially if you watch it in HD. In this case, you’d better download the video and watch it offline. In this article, we provide you with the best ways to download YouTube videos for offline viewing.

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Save Videos Offline Using YouTube Premium

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YouTube Premium is the only “official” way to watch YouTube videos offline. You can read our in-depth article on the benefits of YouTube Premium and the different subscription plans offered here. Once subscribed to YouTube Premium, you can save any video for offline viewing by simply clicking the download icon under each video. You can access the recorded video in the YouTube app on your phone or on the website on your computer. Downloading a video using YouTube Premium does not save the video file to your device, it just saves the video to the “Downloads” folder in the YouTube app. Watching a video offline does not use any internet data. Once you’ve downloaded a video, it’s available for offline viewing for 30 days, after which you’ll need to download it again.

Download YouTube Video Using Online Video Downloader

7 Free Alternatives to Download Online Videos

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There are tons of YouTube video downloaders online that you can use to download any video for offline viewing. Using these tools will save the video file to your device. PasteDownload, Free Video Downloader, Video Grabber and KeepVid are some of the most popular video download tools. Each video download tool follows the same process, copy the link of the YouTube video you want to download and paste it into the download box on the website. The download tool will save the video to your device.

Download YouTube video using video downloader app

Download YouTube video using video downloader app

While most online tools work just fine on your smartphone browser, you can also download an app to do the same job. Apps like AZ Video Downloader do a good job of downloading YouTube videos at any resolution. All you have to do is find the video in the downloader app and tap download. The video will be saved on your smartphone.

Download YouTube videos for offline viewing using a browser extension

Download YouTube videos for offline viewing using a browser extension

If you primarily use YouTube on your desktop browser, using a browser extension is the easiest way to download YouTube videos to your device. There are several extensions like Addoncrop, YouTube ByClick and Video Downloader Professional that will do the job. Once you add a browser extension, it will give you a download option next to each YouTube video. Once you click on the download button, the video will be saved to your device in a resolution of your choice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to download videos from YouTube?

The only “legal” way to watch YouTube videos online is to subscribe to YouTube Premium. Downloading a video as a file using a third-party tool or application is considered piracy. However, as long as you download the video for personal use and don’t distribute it, you’ll be fine.

Are third-party download tools safe?

The apps and tools we mentioned in this article are safe to use. However, it’s always a good idea to be on the safe side and not grant these apps permissions that you think are unnecessary.

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Raymond T. Helms