How to Download YouTube Videos so You Can Keep Them Forever

There can be a variety of reasons why you might want to save a YouTube video to your computer. 

Downloading YouTube videos allows you to watch them without an internet connection later on. If you’re going to a place that might have spotty reception, downloading them beforehand will allow you to watch whatever without a problem. 

If your phone plan doesn’t offer a lot of data, you can also download them to your computer then transfer them onto your phone. It lets you watch your favorite videos without the fear of going over your data limit.

So how can you download them?

Keep reading for a guide that’ll explain exactly how to do it.

Is It Legal?

Downloading YouTube videos is easy to do, but is it legal? 

Saving videos from YouTube to your computer is not illegal. That said, it is a violation of Google’s terms of service. 

For the most part, you won’t run into problems if you keep the video for private use. However, if you share it with others or repost it online, then you may run into copyright infringement.

Be aware of what you are downloading and what you do with it afterward.

Choose a Program to Download the Video

Downloading Youtube videos to your computer requires you to use a third-party application. Luckily, there are many YouTube video converters to choose from.

One option you can use is Y2Mate. Y2Mate features clear and easy to follow instructions and downloads your videos quickly. You can also try using YMP4. YMP4 is also easy to use and offers different options for download quality.

Are you in love with a song you stumbled upon, but don’t care so much about the correlating video? Some programs allow you to extract just the audio of a YouTube video, saving it as an MP3. You can then use a program such as iTunes to play it.

Check out this YouTube to MP3 converter guide that explains some of the different options you can use.

Find the Video You Want to Save

The first step to downloading YouTube videos to your computer is deciding on the video that you want to save.

Any type of video can be downloaded and saved, whether it’s a music video, movie trailer, or educational video.

If you’re a teacher, you can use video downloading programs to save videos to your computer at home, then show students them at school. You won’t have to worry about having to wait for videos to buffer, or any other internet problems. 

If you’re entertaining friends for an evening, consider using YouTube music videos that can play in the background. Even if the videos don’t match whatever music you’re playing, they can be great for aesthetic purposes!

Keep in mind that longer videos may use up more of your computer’s storage.

Copy and Paste the URL

Once you decide on a video, copy the link from the address bar at the top of your browser. Then, head back to whatever third-party download software you’ve chosen to use.

Paste the URL into the field and click “Go.” Depending on the size of the video, you may have to wait a few seconds while the software processes the video.

Depending on what software you are using, an advertisement may open at this point. Make sure you close it carefully, as these sorts of pop-ups can be damaging to your computer.

After it’s finished, it’s ready to download!

Choose the Format and Quality

Many download programs will allow you to choose the download quality and format. In most cases, choosing the highest-quality available is preferable.

Some software will only let you choose one option for quality. If you want better quality, they may make you buy a subscription. In that case, just choose the free option.

At this point, you can also choose whether you want to save the video or just the sound. Selecting MP4 will save both while selecting MP3 will only give you the audio.

Keep in mind that the higher the quality, the more space it will take up. A video that would typically take up 50 MB may take up 2x that if you download it in HD. Selecting the higher-quality option will also take longer to download.

Download the Video

After the video has finished processing, it is ready to be downloaded. Simply click “Download,” and it will begin.

Some software allows you to download more than one video at once. It can be convenient if you are trying to download an entire playlist or series of videos. 

After the download has completed, look for it in the appropriate destination folder. Feel free to move it to somewhere more convenient then.

It’s now ready to be watched!

Things to Watch Out For

As mentioned, some YouTube video converters pose as reputable software but can harm your computer.

When using a site to download YouTube videos, the website should never ask you to input your credit card information. If a notification tells you that your information is required, it may be a scam.

You should also watch out for advertisements that open at various stages through the conversion and download process. Depending on the software, these can either be nonexistent or common.

As is the case with anything on the internet, if the website seems sketchy, it may be best to leave. It’s not worth the potential harm to your computer, and you’re certain to find another, more reputable site!

Watch Your YouTube Videos Offline!

So that it! In a matter of minutes, you can convert and download any number of YouTube videos to your computer.

What kind of videos will you watch? Let us know in the comments below!

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