Normally, if you want to download a YouTube video, you have to pay for YouTube Premium, and even then, you have to do it on your phone using the YouTube app. What if you want to watch a video on your computer later when you’re not connected to the Internet? We’re here to show you how to download YouTube videos to your phone and PC.
To be clear, we don’t recommend doing this as your normal way of watching YouTube videos. YouTube content creators depend on views for their income, and downloading them to watch offline instead of watching them on YouTube can hurt their livelihoods. This is for situations where you need being able to watch something offline for some reason. Also keep in mind that Google is still trying to block ways to download these videos (for the reasons we just mentioned), so it’s always possible for some tools to stop working in the future.
Download YouTube Videos Using Website
The fastest way to download a single YouTube video is to use a website that can do just that. There have been many sites like this over the years, but for now we recommend YT1s.com which is a simple and straightforward option. Since this is a website, it also works on desktops and smartphones, so you can download videos on any device.
To download a YouTube video, just open it on your desktop or mobile browser and copy the video URL. If you’re using the YouTube smartphone app, you’ll need to use the To share button to see then the Copy link option. Then go to YT1s.com, paste the video URL and click on the Convert button. The video will be identified and you will have the option to download it in different formats and resolutions.
Choose your preferred format, then click Get the link. The website will take a few seconds to process your request, then you can click on the To download button to save the video to your device.
That’s it! If you want to download more videos, you can click the Convert Next to enter another URL and repeat the process. Or you can use our next recommendation.
Download videos using a desktop program (Youtube-DLG)
If you want to download multiple videos, your best option for bulk downloading them is a program called Youtube-DLG, available for Windows and various Linux distributions. You can download Youtube-DLG here or check out the project on GitHub if you want to learn more. It supports YouTube and a wide range of other sites, so you can download all kinds of videos this way.
Once you’ve downloaded the .zip file (assuming you’re on Windows), extract the installer and then run it. Once installed, launch Youtube-DLG from your start menu or desktop, and enter the URL of the video (or videos) you want to download in the box at the top.
Between the two large boxes, you can also change the format in which you want to download the videos, including the audio formats. There is also an option to choose the destination folder for your downloads. Once you have chosen your settings, click To add and the videos will appear on the list in the bottom half.
Once you have set the format you want, you can click the download button (at the bottom right corner) to start downloading all of them. Only three will be downloaded at once, but the list will automatically jump to the next video when it’s finished.
One thing we need to mention here is that this download gives you pretty slow speeds, at least based on our testing. This could be a problem with our specific setup, but these downloads will take a while, especially if you download them in their original format. Otherwise, that’s all you need to do.
If you want more advanced options, the app settings also allow you to add more formats to the download list, and you can also choose to download the included YouTube video subtitles.
And this is how you can easily download YouTube videos to your phone or PC. It’s a pretty straightforward process, so you shouldn’t run into any major issues here. Personally, I’d rather use the website than use another program to download videos, but if you’re bulk downloading, it’s a better option.