With the growing popularity of YouTube videos, people become more likely to save their favorite videos from YouTube to their device so that they can enjoy it when there is no internet available. There are many ways for them to do it. They can use a browser plug-in, 3rd party software, or an online video downloader.
Different websites/apps have their own advantages and disadvantages in terms of the video download. For example, a browser extension brings great convenience to users to download videos, but at the same time, it is often filled with bugs. An online video downloader, for another example, is often prohibited by Google since it's against YouTube's rules. So, it is inadvisable to either use browser extensions or online video downloaders to save videos.
To achieve your goal of YouTube video download, in addition to using a browser extension and online video downloader, you can ask for help from some desktop-based software or apps (Android & iPhone), such as the applications we recommend in this guide. If you are looking to download YouTube videos free, don't hesitate to check out these powerful video downloaders below.
Part 1: Best Desktop-based YouTube Video Downloader for Windows & Mac
In this section, we would like to provide you with two desktop-based YouTube video downloaders to download videos you like. In contrast to online video downloaders, desktop-based video downloaders have the advantage of preventing your computer from virus or malware attacks. Now, you can get the top two best desktop video downloaders to save your favorite videos.
1. EaseUS MobiMover
EaseUS MobiMover is a professional and reliable video downloader for PC and Mac that allows you to download videos from 1,000+ websites including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. It is pretty easy to use. You just need to input the video URL or the page URL to its Download box, and then the videos will be downloaded to the computer or your device. Apart from that, there are some additional advantages of EaseUS MobiMover as listed below:
- It is ad-free.
- It can be used both on Windows and Mac.
- It lets you transfer downloaded YouTube videos to iPhone directly without iTunes
- It allows you to transfer data between iOS devices or between an iOS device and a computer.
Now, you can download EaseUS MobiMover and follow the instructions to save videos to your iPhone.
Step 1. Run EaseUS MobiMover, go to "Video Downloader" and choose the path you want to save the downloaded YouTube videos. If you want to download YouTube videos to your mobile device, connect it to your PC first.
Step 2. Copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to download, paste it into the bar in MobiMover, then click the "Download" button.
Step 3. After you click the "Download" button, MobiMover will quickly analyze the URL and download the YouTube video to your computer or iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.
Another YouTube downloader is FreeVideoDownloader from Freemake, which is a Windows application that runs independently of the browser. With this tool, you can download or convert videos, playlist, and channels in HD, MP4, MP3, AVI, 3GP, FLV, etc. from 10,000 sites without a glitch. Now, you can follow the below steps to download videos with FreeVideoDownloader.
Step 1. Download and Install Freemake Video Downloader on your computer > Run it > Turn on "One-click Download" option > Select "Download" as an action.
Step 2. Go to the video you'd like to download and copy its link.
Step 3. Click the "Paste URL" button, the then video will be downloaded automatically.
Part 2: Best Free YouTube Video Downloaders Apps (Android & iOS)
Nowadays, there are thousands of free tools to download videos to your device. With the help of these free tools, you can easily download any public videos from YouTube. Here are some free online YouTube video downloaders for you:
1. Videoder for Android
Videoder, a very popular and powerful Android YouTube downloader that can help you download videos from any popular video site like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You can choose the quality and file format of the video before downloading it. There are two drawbacks to this tool: First, it is not available in the Google Play Store, so you need to download it from its official site. Another is that it contains some annoying ads.
Step 1. Search for the video or song you'd like to download from YouTube.
Step 2. Choose the file that you want to download. You can also download multiple videos in one go by adding the videos that you want to download in the download bubble and then set them to download in one go.
Step 3. Then, you can either play the video or choose to download it in resolutions ranging from 144p to 1080p and even 4k.
Step 4. Once the resolution is selected, a dialog will pop up to ask you to choose the download location and select the number of network threads for fast downloading.
Step 5. Click on the download button and your download begins.
2. Video Downloader Pro for iPhone or iPad
There are many iPhone apps that can be used to download YouTube videos. Here we will introduce the best one - Video Downloader Pro, which is an all-in-one app that supports downloading SD/HD videos from many popular websites. In addition to downloading videos, it also enables you to organize and play videos, protect private videos with secure passwords, and transfer videos to others.
The Bottom Line
All the YouTube Downloaders reviewed in this guide do a good job when it comes to downloading YouTube videos. But different software/applications have their unique features. You can choose the best one based on your needs. By the way, if you want to edit videos that downloaded from YouTube, you can try to use EaseUS Video Editor, which is an excellent video editor that can help you make a professional video from a script in seconds. You can download it to edit the videos you downloaded from YouTube.
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Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.
Written by Sofia Albert
Sofia has been involved with tech ever since she joined the EaseUS editor team in March 2011 and now she is a senior website editor. She is good at solving various iPhone and Android issues, such as iPhone or Android data transfer & recovery. Rich experience in software companies helps her create a lot of popular articles.
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