There’s a reason why YouTube was voted Google’s best app in 2013 – and it’s not all related to funny cat videos! There’s so much great content on YouTube it’s easy to find videos you want to watch again and again. When you come across a particularly fantastic video, you might want to download it so you don’t have to rely on the internet to watch it next time. Here’s how to download a video from YouTube on Android and PC.
On your PC
I’ve used the following method to download plenty of YouTube videos. It’s simple and it works. Just download a tiny program called ClipGrab. It’s a free YouTube video downloader and converter, and it takes up less than 16 MB of space. It also works for other video hosting sites like Vimeo and DailyMotion.
1. Download the ClipGrab program to your PC.
2. Launch the .exe file, and follow the Setup Wizard instructions.
3. Once installed, open the program, and simply type in your YouTube search terms. I’ve used our video on ''how to conserve battery life on your smartphone'' video as an example. Or, if you already have the URL of the video you want, just click the ''Downloads'' tab and enter the URL.
4. Choose the download options you want, from the format you wish to save the video in, to the quality of the download.
5. Click''Grab this clip''
6. Select a download location and name the video. ClipGrab will download and convert the video. That’s it!
On your Android
Like the previous method, this is how I’ve always downloaded YouTube videos on my Android. I use an app called Videoder – a simple, lightweight app that allows you to search and download YouTube videos direct from your smartphone or tablet.
1. Install Videoder.
2. Launch the app and hit the “Search” button. You don’t have to have the exact title, I used the same search terms as I did for ClipGrab and got the same results.
3. Tap the video you want to download.
4. Select the format and quality of the video to be downloaded.
5. Videoder will download the selected video with your chosen settings.
6. Once downloaded, your video will appear in the “Downloads” tab of Videoder. From here you can open, share or delete your video. Voila!
Note: Videoder will automatically save your video to an emulated folder on your SD card (you don’t have the option to choose a download path). If you don’t want to access downloaded videos from the Videoder app, you can simply search for the downloaded video in any file manager and copy or move the file to whatever location you prefer.
These are the two methods I use to download YouTube content to my PC and Android. I hope they have been helpful to you. There are many others that work just as well though. Now you can enjoy funny cat videos without the need for an internet connection. And don't forget Loie's previous article about offline viewing in YouTube. (Simply tap the + icon above a YouTube video and select Watch Later!)
Have you used these methods to download videos from YouTube? Do you have any other apps or tips to share?