How to Download YouTube Videos

YouTube.com is the most popular video hosting website in the world. Millions of people download YouTube videos every day for a variety of reasons. Some save YouTube videos to watch them offline, while others may want to re-use video clips under the fair use provision. With Viddly, you can;

Viddly makes it easy to download videos or entire playlists in a matter of seconds. Would you like to try it for yourself? Follow the easy steps below to get started!

Step 1: Install Viddly - The #1-rated YouTube Downloader

Click the Download button to the right to fetch the installer from our secure download server. We continuously scan our files to make sure that your download is 100% safe.

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Step 2: Select a Video or Playlist to download

You can select a video or a playlist in one of two ways;

  1. Enter a search term and wait for the results to pop up.
  2. Copy/paste a YouTube video or playlist URL from your browser.

We have spent countless hours obsessing over our product's UI. Making downloads fast and easy is our priority, not just for individual videos but also for entire playlists.
We wanted to make sure that downloading a song in MP3-format would be just as easy as downloading an entire library of educational videos, for instance.

How to Download YouTube Videos with Viddly - Step 2

Step 3: Hit the "Download" Button!

By default, Viddly will download your YouTube video as a full HD (1080p) quality MP4 file, although you can also opt to download an MP3 file with either 128 Kbps or 192 Kbps quality audio. Alternatively, the following formats are also supported: AVI, Vorbis, AAC.
If you would like to download captions or subtitles, you may click the cc-button to select any available languages.

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That's it! Watch your Video!

Thanks to Viddly, you can now grab the popcorn and watch your favorite videos anywhere you'd like, with or without an Internet connection!

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Questions

Why would anyone download videos from YouTube?

There are many potential reasons to convert YouTube videos to MP3 or MP4 format and store them on your local hard drive. For instance;

  • The owner may remove the video at any point in time, which happens a lot more frequently than you might expect. By saving a backup of the video locally, you ensure that you'll always have access.
  • When traveling, you may encounter low-bandwidth networks or no Internet connection at all. If you'd like to watch YouTube content while flying or traveling, downloading YouTube videos is your best bet to avoid buffering or interruptions!
  • Not all devices support the YouTube app. If you have an iPod or a multimedia player that's not compatible with YouTube, then you're best off first converting the videos to MP4 or the music to MP3.
  • As a content creator, then you'll likely want to use clips of other people's YouTube videos at some point.
  • If you'd like to share a big video with friends or family, you could upload it to YouTube and recommend that they download it using Viddly. This way, you don't have to pay for an expensive subscription for a file hosting or file transfer service such as WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
  • In case you don't have access to YouTube Red, downloading videos is one way to avoid interruptions during video playback due to advertisements.
  • For privacy protection, you may want to download a YouTube video rather than watching it. When you watch a YouTube video, both the owner and YouTube can access information regarding what parts of the video you watched, on what device you watched it, and tie this information to your account if you're logged in. YouTube has a spotty track record when it comes to privacy. They've previously faced lawsuits in the UK for running highly targeted ads to 'influence vulnerable young minds'. YouTube was also fined $136 million for collecting personal data without consent.

Is it legal to download YouTube videos?

YouTube specifies in their Terms of Service that you shouldn't download content by any other means than their download-button. However, downloading videos is legal for personal use or under the fair use provision in most countries.

Here's what YouTube's TOS states specifically:

You shall not download any content unless you see a 'download' or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that content. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the content.

Technically, YouTube only allows you to download videos for which they've expressly provided that option. However, YouTube does not enforce this policy because it'd be practically impossible for them to win from a legal standpoint.

To an extent, copyright law in many countries permits downloading copyright-protected content for personal use, for instance, Canada and EU member states.

To make a long story short, downloading copyright-free content is not illegal in any way, shape, or form. If you'd like to download copyright-protected content, you should ask for permission from the copyright holder.

Will YouTube ban me if I download any videos?

Since YouTube was founded in 2015, We've never heard of a single instance of this happening. Even if they were intent on banning users who download videos, it would be virtually impossible for YouTube to detect whether or not you're simply watching a video or if you're downloading it.

What's the fastest way to download YouTube videos?

We have not found any other application that's faster than Viddly when it comes to downloading either a single video or an entire playlist. We've considered both the number of clicks required and the total time, including download speed, measured from pasting the URL to when the file is ready to be played. If you've found any faster application, please let us know!

What's the safest way to download YouTube videos?

We've tested the following online YouTube downloaders and found them all to have issues ranging from privacy violations to promoting malware;

  • OnlineVideoConverter: Only 360p resolution was offered. No download took place. A new tab was opened trying to install an unknown executable under the guise of a Media Player update.
  • SaveFrom: A fake virus scanner ad disguised as a notification tried to download malware. After a long wait, an error occurred.
  • YT1s: The maximum quality is 720p. The site requested access to provide browser notifications.
  • Y2Mate.guru:The maximum quality offered is 720p. Any higher-resolution files do not include audio. The site triggers a misleading ad to trick users into thinking that they've won a prize.
  • YTMP3.cc: Misleading download and play buttons trigger ads for gambling and adult sites. We were unable to download any videos due to an error.

As such, if you would like to download YouTube videos in high definition, a desktop-based YouTube downloader is recommended.

Are YouTube downloaders for iOS or Android safe?

Unfortunately, neither the Google Play store nor the Apple store will allow any YouTube downloading apps or APK's to be listed. Because you would have to root or otherwise disable anti-virus protection on your device, we strongly advise you not to use any YouTube downloaders for mobile devices.