YouTube is and has been for a while, the most loved website for watching and sharing videos online. The secret of its popularity lies in its never-ending content and ease of use. Though everyone who uses YouTube loves it, one complaint that many people have with the portal is that it is only designed to stream videos from the web and not for downloading them to the hard disk and sharing them with friends offline.
This doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to download YouTube videos. Here are some tricks that will teach you how to download videos from YouTube and share them offline.
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#1. Third-Party Software
If you are wondering about how to download videos from YouTube to a computer, then third-party software can be the answer. These applications are easily available on the internet, and all you have to do is paste the URL of the video and select the format of your choice, and within seconds, depending on your internet connection, the video is downloaded on your hard disk. Some popular software you can use is Freemake Video Downloader, Gihosoft TubeGet, and 4K Video Downloader, able to download videos in up to 4K quality.
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#2. Downloader Websites
In case you wish to avoid the hassles and risks of installing third-party software on your computer, then you can download videos from YouTube to a computer using downloader or helper websites. These portals first convert the video of your choice to the format you pick and then offer you the download link, through which you can save the file on your hard disk. While using these websites, you can choose from FLV and MP4 to even AVI, whichever file format you want for your videos. Save good websites are savefrom and FLVto.
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#3. Browser Extensions
For those who are wondering about how to download YouTube videos to computer without even opening a website, browser extensions are the answer. These extensions make so many things easier for us, and one of them is downloading videos as well. All you need to do is find a suitable extension that lets you pick the format of your choice, and you are good to go. Extensions suitable for this job are usually not available in the Chrome Web Store, so you might have to scout the web a little more. FastestTube, which works with Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and several other browsers can be checked out.
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#4. Phone Applications
Wondering how to download videos from YouTube to your iPhone or iPad? Well, there again you have several options. You can either use the websites that we told you about above or install a simple application on your device. Documents5 is one basic app which can do the trick for you. Although it is a file manager, it also happens to be able to download videos from YouTube. Those using android can check out TubeMate, which allows users to download YouTube videos in MP3 as well as several video formats.
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#5. Using VLC
Most people do not know this, but besides playing video files in several formats, the popular software also has a function through which users can download videos from YouTube. The open-source, free video player can be used to access content from YouTube. All you have to do is in your VLC player, go to Media and then Open Network Stream and paste the URL of the video you wish to save. After the video starts playing, go to 'Tools' and select 'Codec Information' and follow the simple upcoming steps. This will save the good quality video to your hard disk.
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Now that you know the different ways to download YouTube videos to your computer and Android or iOS smartphone, what are you waiting for?
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