5 Best Methods To Download YouTube Videos For Free: Most of us spend several hours watching videos on YouTube. There are videos for everyone, whether you are a homemaker, a student, a professional, a farmer or anyone else. Unfortunately, when the internet is down or we do not have internet access, we cannot watch our favorite videos which are available on YouTube. However, you can always learn or entertain yourself even if you are offline. This is indeed possible if you know how to download these videos. It will also help you save your data, in case you wish to watch the same video again. Let us look at the list of best methods to download YouTube videos for free on your smartphone or PC.
5 Best Methods To Download YouTube Videos For Free On Your Smartphone Or PC
Video DownloadHelper [Firefox]
I like Firefox as a web browser because of its some wonderful add-ons. Video Download Helper is one of the most popular add-ons that let you grab videos automatically as you open a YouTube video in the browser. It can detect videos not just on YouTube but any page that you open in your browser. You need to install this add-on once from the Mozilla Add-ons page. As soon as it finds any downloadable media on the page, it becomes active. You can click on it to find the entire list of media that is available for download. It lets you choose from different file formats and sizes to save your data and time. However, it is more of a downloader than a converter and thus it usually gives you an option between MP4 and FLV. For additional formats, you would need to go for additional installations.
I have no doubt that Freemake offers one of the best methods to download YouTube videos for free. I particularly like it because of its interface which is very simple and unique. It works similar to most other video downloading apps. You need to copy the URL of the video and paste it into the app. Next, you can choose the quality/size and format of video that you wish to download. There are some more features such as download speed restrictions, pausing a download, social logins etc that makes it better than most other YouTube video downloader.
TrueMate is a popular app for Android devices to capture and download videos from YouTube. However, it is not available on the Google Play Store. Thus, you will have to first make changes in the settings to allow APK files to be downloaded from outside Play Store. You will also need to allow the special permission to install the file from “Unknown Sources”. Once you have installed TrueMate, you can use it like a normal YouTube app with the facility to download it. Just tap the Download icon above the video. Now, just choose the format and quality of the video.
SaveFrom.net [Web, Opera, Firefox, Safari, Chrome]
SaveFrom.net is a versatile option as you can use it as a web app or as an add-on to your favourite browser. Irrespective of the way you use it, it is very easy and simple to download videos from different video hosting websites including YouTube. Once you have copied the URL of the video, paste in the SaveFrom.net web app to start downloading the video. In the case of SaveFrom.net add-on, the videos are automatically detected from the web page. It also allows you to choose the format and quality of the video to be downloaded but offers very few conversion options. Still, I feel that it deserves the place in the list of the best methods to download YouTube videos for free.
Trick: You can also access the SaveFrom.net directly from YouTube video page that you want to download. For doing that you have to add “ss” after “www.“, like you have to do something like this- “www.ssyoutube.com/<rest of URL>”. Press Enter and you will be redirected to SaveFrom.net page with all the download links.
ClipConverter offers one of the simplest ways to download videos from YouTube. In fact, you can download videos from any video hosting websites such as Metacafe, Vimeo, MySpace etc. You just need to copy the link of the video or URL and paste it into a box provided in the ClipConverter app. One of the main things that I like about this app is that you can not only download but also choose the format of the video. It is an excellent converter that lets you download YouTube videos in various audio and video formats. You can also choose to convert a particular section of a large video.