How to Download Videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.

Last updated on November 11th, 2019

This guide presents several methods and programs to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or other sites. As you know, there is a massive number of videos available online. These include – videos on unboxing, walkthroughs for video games, tutorial on literally any subject, product reviews (for multiple products ranging from hardware to make up), music videos, video blogs and many more.

With such a large number of content online, you may have your reasons for wanting to download YouTube videos and be able to view the content offline. One of the most common reasons is when you wish to see a video multiple times without having to worry about internet bandwidth issues (your internet may be slow, or you may be having limited data). Another common reason is if you are travelling on planes or places without a reliable internet connection but still want some entertainment from some of your favorite videos on YouTube. *

* Attention, according to YouTube's terms:

1. You can only download videos that you’ve already uploaded.
2. You can’t download other people’s YouTube videos, but you can watch videos offline in the YouTube app if you have a YouTube Premium membership. **
3. Downloading videos using third-party applications is against YouTube’s terms of service.

** Info: If you are located in a country listed here, you can download some videos from the YouTube mobile app to watch offline for up to 48 hours. After 48 hours, you will need to reconnect to the internet every 48 hours to allow the YouTube app to check for changes to the video or its availability. To watch a YouTube video, from your mobile, offline:

1. Open the video you wish to download on the YouTube app.
Below the video, click the download iconclip_image004, or you can also select Download from the video's context menuclip_image005.
3. The download iconclip_image006 will appear blue below the video once your download is complete.

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How to Download YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook videos.

There are several ways available to download a video from YouTube or any other site for offline access, and in this article, we 're going to present the most reliable all of them.

Method 1. Download YouTube Videos by using an Online converter.
Method 2. Download YouTube Videos by using a Browser Extension (Add-on).
Method 3. Download Videos from YouTube by using a Video Downloader Application.

Method 1. How to Download YouTube Videos with an Online converter.

At my opinion, the best option to download a YouTube video, is by using an online video downloader, because there is no need to install any third-party programs on your computer or mobile. For this task, you can use some handy online tools, like the KeepVid or the OnlineVideoConverter.


KeepVid is a free online video downloader that enables you to download videos from YouTube and 1000+ other online video websites. To download a video using KeepVid:

1. Open the YouTube video that you want to download and copy its URL address.

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2. Then open the KeepVid online video downloader, paste the YouTube video URL Address and click Download Now.

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3. Once completed, click Best Download to download your video in the recommended format, or click Download other formats to choose another format.

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OnlineVideoConverter is another online video converter/downloader, and it's compatible with modern browsers. It supports a wide range of online video portals, no registration is required and unlimited free video downloads and conversions are supported. To download a YouTube video with the OnlineVideoConverter:

1. Copy the URL Address of the YouTube you want to download.
2. Paste the URL address of the video on the OnlineVideoConverter.
Select the Video format (e.g. ".mp4") and click Start to begin the download process.
4. Upon successful completion, you will receive a download link for the YouTube video. Click Download to save the video on your computer.

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Method 2. How to Download YouTube Videos with a Browser Extension (Add-on).

The second way to download videos from YouTube is by adding a YouTube downloader browser extension. At this article, we tested the YouTube Mp4 Downloader add-on for Firefox.

YouTube Mp4 Downloader is a browser extension that boasts of being the simplest and fastest way to download videos from YouTube and saving them in mp4 format. To download a video from YouTube, with the YouTube Mp4 Downloader:

1. Add YouTube Mp4 Downloader add-on to Firefox.
2. Once the extension is added to your browser, open the YouTube video you wish to download.
3. Click the Download option, to next to the video's context menu imageto save the YouTube video on your device.

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Method 3. Download Videos from YouTube by using a Third-party application.

The third way, to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and other video sites, is by using a Video downloader application. These third-party applications, provides the best controls when downloading videos.

There are multiple third-party software apps available to download YouTube videos and, in this article, we are going to review four software applications that we think are more functional.

  1. 4k Video Downloader
  2. WinX-YouTube-Downloader
  3. 5KPlayer
  4. YouTubeByClick

4k Video Downloader

Supported OS: Windows, Linux & MAC
Licenses: Free (Provides basic access) & Paid (Provides lifetime license on 3 PCs)

4K Video Downloader allows downloading videos, channels, playlists, and subtitles from YouTube in very high quality. 4k Video Downloader is capable of grabbing subtitles, entire playlists, and even all the videos in a channel you subscribe to. Apart from YouTube, it supports downloading videos from other sites like Vimeo, Facebook, and others.

To download a video from YouTube with the 4k Video Downloader:

1. Download and install 4K Video Downloader on your computer.
2. Copy the link (address) of the video you wish to download from YouTube.

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3. Open 4k Video Downloader and click Paste Link.
4. Choose the video quality and the location for saving your video then click Download.

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WinX YouTube Downloader

Supported OS: Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit) and lower.
License: Free

WinX allows users to download MP4 videos or playlists from YouTube and many websites. It saves 4K movies, videos in MP4, FLV, MP3 or WebM, live streams and music. It can grab videos of up to 8K in quality.

WinX YouTube Downloader claims to allow the download of videos, from 1000+ sites. You can even copy a YouTube playlist URL to download all the videos in the playlist.

To download a video from YouTube with the WinX YouTube Downloader:

1. Download and install WinX YouTube Downloader.
2. Open WinX YouTube Downloader.
3. On your web browser, open the YouTube video you want to download and copy its URL address.
4. On the WinX YouTube Downloader, click Add Url. *

* Note: At the 'Output Folder' section (on the right), click Browse if you want to change the default location of the downloaded videos.

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5. Paste the Url of the YouTube video and click Analyze.
When the analyze is completed, select the quality you want and then click Download Selected Videos.

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Supported OS: Windows & MAC
License: Free

5KPlayer is a free third-party tool that boasts of supporting video downloads from over 300+ sites. In addition to just offering video download features, you can also use it to convert YouTube videos to MP3/AAC music.

5K Player also has the DLNA server playback feature which allows you to watch the videos you grab on any devices in your home supporting DLNA network. You can also do a quick conversion for any video in your library to MP4, MP3, or even ACC.

1. Download 5KPlayer and install it on your computer.
2. Open 5KPlayer and click "I don't want to register. Don't ask me again" and then click YouTube.
3. On your web browser, open the YouTube video you want to download and copy its URL address.
4. Then click "Paste URL & Analyze" on 5KPlayer.
When the analysis is completed, click Download to download the YouTube video.

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Supported OS: Windows
License: Free & Premium

YouTubeByClick supports downloading videos from 40+ sites. It allows a user to download playlists and even entire YouTube channels. In addition to this, it has the capability of downloading private YouTube videos when you enter your account credentials. It also has a great "Auto Detect" feature, which gives you a pop-up message with option to download the video you 're trying to watch, if the YouTubeByClick is running in the background.

1. Download YouTubeByClick and install it to your PC.
2. Choose the Destination folder (1), the Format (2), and the Quality (3) you want for your video.
3. With your web browser, open the YouTube video you wish to download and copy it's URL address.
4. Then in YouTubeByClick, click Paste URL to download your video.

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