You probably already know how to share YouTube videos. Just copy the URL and paste it into your Facebook (or whatever social network you use) status. But, maybe you want to have the videos for your own personal enjoyment. Maybe you have some favorite ones that you would like to watch anytime, anywhere—even when your Internet network is down.
Downloading YouTube videos to your computer is quick and easy to do. Here you’ll find a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
Software is Key
First, you will have to choose software that will enable the download. There are many different ones out there. Here is a list of the ones that are currently available.
- Clip Converter (Web-based/Windows/Mac OS X/Free)
- VDownloader (Windows/Free)
- FSS Video Downloader (Windows/Free)
- aTube Catcher (Windows/Free)
- TubeBox (Windows/Free)
- MacX You Tube Downloader (Mac OS X/Free)
- Any Video Converter (Windows/Free)
- KeepVid (Web-based/Free)
Once you have the software selected, you can download it to your computer. Be sure all of the system requirements are met before installation. If you are using a Mac, for example, only use the software that is for Macs.
Now for the Videos
Go to YouTube and find the video you want to download. For most of the software video downloaders mentioned above, they only require you to copy and paste the video’s URL into a specified field. But, your chosen downloader software may have automatic video detection. In which case, you won’t have to do anything at all.
Choose How You Want it Saved
Format and quality level is the next thing you have to worry about. Perhaps the stunning HD videos look great on your smartphone or tablet, but your computer probably can’t hold too many in that format. So, choosing a format like MP4 may be your better choice. Most of the downloader software has drop-down menus that enable you to choose which format and quality you want.
Choose Where You Want to Save it
Now it’s time to download the video. Click the download button and then save to whichever folder and file you want. Some downloader software will already have a folder for you, but gives you the option to save the video elsewhere. Some even start your media player with the video. You just have to make sure you know where your video is being saved.
Enjoy the Videos
Now that your videos are downloaded, you can sit back and enjoy them. Simply go to the file you want to see, open it, and your media player will begin to play it.
Sharing YouTube videos is perfectly legal, however downloading them to your computer is a different story. At this time, it is not legal to do it. If you’re going to download the videos, be sure to do so at your own risk.