Download YouTube Videos
Watching YouTube online videos is one of the favorite entertainment of many people while doing activities or just filling your free time. But what if you are offline – away from home, data is dead and there is no Wi-Fi?
YouTube videos are designed for streaming, not to sit on your hard disk, telephone or solid state drive. But sometimes there is a good reason why you want to save videos for offline viewing.
You can stay somewhere, where fast broadband is very rare to find such a reliable tool. You still live in an area where people are still pointing at an airplane or still letting the cellular data poles be near them.
And you may depend on a fast but too crowded data connection so that your internet connection slows down and resembles a road full of obstacles that many people pass by or you might just want to save a few video clips to show the closest person.
Whatever the reason, there are many ways to download YouTube videos for free on Android, Mac, and iOS. In this article, we will share interesting information and explore what is legal and what is not.
This time we will explain how to download YouTube to Android with just a few simple steps.
How to Download YouTube Videos from Android Using TubeMate
TubeMate is one of the most popular applications for downloading YouTube videos on an Android smartphone, and for good reason: it’s very easy to use and has features that make it easy for you without the hassle or confusion.
This application is not available on the Google Play Store (Google is not too interested in YouTube downloaders), so first, you have to allow an Android device to install and run the downloaded application from another place.
Be careful when you enable this setting because you want to make sure that you only download applications that you know are safe and reliable.
Open Settings and enter Security. Scroll down and next to the place that says ‘Unknown sources’, tap toggle to activate this setting. Now, on your Android device visit the TubeMate YouTube video Downloader website and download it.
Download and install TubeMate 2.4.4 (you must activate an unknown source first). Launch YouTube and browse to the video you want to download. Tap Share, select TubeMate, then select and also select resolution and press Download
We will explain these steps in detail below, but before you start, you should know that Google does not approve of you passing the platform to watch videos. For this reason, you will not find TubeMate – or other YouTube downloaders – on Google Play
How to use TubeMate to make YouTube videos available offline
Step 1. TubeMate is not available through Google Play, so you need to activate the installation of applications from outside the Google application store first. Please remember to turn this setting off after it’s done: it’s available for your protection.
To enable installation of other third-party applications to Security, Unknown apps and toggle on sliders.
Step 2. Launch the browser and search for TubeMate. We click on the top results and download them directly from the site. The latest version at the time of writing is 3.4.4, and when an update is available, you can follow the same steps to implement it (Google Play will not download the application update installed outside the store automatically).
Step 3. When TubeMate is finished downloading, tap the notification in the drop-down bar at the top of the screen to start the installation. Follow the instructions, and when installation is complete press Finish.
Step 4. Launch YouTube and find the video you want to download. Tap Share, then select TubeMate from the list of available applications. This will launch TubeMate in the new application window; select a resolution from the available list and touch the green Download icon.
You might see a warning message about downloading an APK file, so click ‘OK’ to allow it. After TubeMate has been downloaded, run the file and tap ‘Install’, then tap ‘Open’.
How to Download YouTube Videos from Android
TubeMate looks like an ordinary YouTube application, with extra frames around it. You can browse YouTube as usual until you find what you want to download, or tap the menu icon on the top right, select ‘URL’ and paste the video address from your web browser.
When watching YouTube videos on TubeMate, a bright green download button will appear on it. Tap and you will see the progress bar, which tells you that the app is “parsing video information”. In simple English, all the pieces and pieces need to be downloaded.
The next thing you will see is a list of formats. You will see different video and audio formats and quality options and resolutions for each.
If you have an upscale device then, by all means, download the highest quality version, but remember that the higher the resolution, the bigger the file: if your phone or tablet doesn’t have much free space, YouTube videos will fill it immediately.
How to download YouTube videos in iOS or Mac devices
If you are an Apple addict, the process of downloading YouTube clips is very different, depending on which Apple OS you are in. If you use iOS on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you need our first method, and if you use OS X or MacOS on a Mac, you need a second.
On iOS, the trick is to install a smart little application called Documents. This is a file manager, but can also download YouTube clips too. The process is a bit fiddly but still straightforward.
First of all, find the clip you want to download on the YouTube application for iOS or in Safari. After finding it, tap the Share icon then Copy Link.
Open the Document and look for the web browser icon, which is a small compass in the lower right of the screen. Tap it and go to savefrom.net. Paste the YouTube clip address in the large input box, select the quality option you want and the file will start downloading.
How to Download YouTube Videos in ios
When finished, the document will appear in the Documents download section, from which you can drag it to Photos> Camera Roll so that it is available outside the Documents5 application.
On Mac, there is a stack of options, but the easiest is MacX YouTube Downloader (also available for Windows). All you need to do is add a link and choose a quality option, and you can download several clips at once.
How? Of course, it’s very easy to do right? Finally, you don’t have to bother anymore when you want to download videos from YouTube using Android, Mac or iOS. Please try it.