How To Download Videos From YouTube.
YouTube allows users to download videos for offline viewing but there are a few rules they have. For free users, it is limited to 720p, and the files are only available for up to 48 hours. Premium users can download the videos at full resolution.
But while YouTube downloads are officially limited to mobile users, the streaming platform recently added a feature for offline mode on Desktop also. The only downside is that the feature is limited to Premium users only.
However not all videos can be downloaded on the platform — some that are set to private viewing are not downloadable and there is also an option for offline viewing which can be disabled by content creators.
How to download YouTube videos on mobile
YouTube Premium membership allows downloading content for offline viewing. There are a few videos that users can download outside of the paid membership also. These videos will be available offline for up to 48 hours.
After that, you’ll need to reconnect your device to a mobile or Wi-Fi network every 48 hours. Reconnecting allows the app to check for changes to the video or its availability. There are only few locations in the world where downloading videos are available.
Steps for Downloading a video
- Open YouTube app and go to the video you wish to download.
- Click on the three-dot icon placed below the video.
- Click on Download Video.
Once the download is completed, users can find it in Library > Downloads.
If you want to change the download quality
- Go to Settings by clicking on the profile tab
- Click on Downloads.
- Tap on Download Quality and choose from the available options.
While Premium users get the ability to download in much higher resolutions, free users can download only up to 720p quality.
How to download YouTube videos on desktop
Not long ago, YouTube introduced the ability to let desktop browser users download videos for offline viewing. The Google-owned platform says the feature will only be supported in computers with latest version of Chrome, Opera browsers or Edge. Unlike mobile phones, this feature is only available to Premium users on desktop.
To download a video on desktop
- Open YouTube on your browser.
- Ensure that your browser is updated to the latest version.
- Go to the video you wish to view offline.
- Click on the three dots menu at the bottom of the video.
- Click on Download.
- Once the video is downloaded, you can find it in the Downloads section.
To choose download quality, head to Settings > Downloads. YouTube Premium users can download up full-HD (1080p) quality.