While the YouTube app allows you to download videos for offline viewing, not all videos can be downloaded.Additionally, the video remains in the YouTube app, which means you can't share or play it elsewhere.
However, if you are interested in downloading YouTube videos, some browser extensions can help you.Below, we will discuss a few of them.
1. Addoncrop YouTube Video Downloader
Addoncrop YouTube Video Downloader is a feature-rich browser extension that you can use to download YouTube videos.You have to download Addoncrop via Foxified, an extension that lets you add Firefox add-ons to your Chrome browser.
Once you download the extension, you'll see an additional bar below your YouTube videos that displays various buttons.Using the video icon you can download any YouTube video.Before starting the download, the extension asks you to select a resolution and displays the file size for each resolution.
However, before downloading any video, make sure you understand whether downloading YouTube videos is legal and whether you comply with its terms and conditions.
Using Addoncrop, you can also convert videos to MP3 files and download thumbnails.Additionally, you can choose to enable dark mode, cinema mode, or floating video player.
However, if all this clutters your screen too much, you can tap the cross icon to switch to compact mode.At this time, only a "Download" button is displayed.
You can change the extension's settings in the extension settings.Here you can select which download formats to display, whether to include DASH format items, and whether to display download options on embedded videos.
In addition to downloading videos, the Addoncrop extension provides several useful features.It allows you to click on the camera icon to take a screenshot of the video.You can also hide YouTube comments.
If you're listening to music or a podcast, you can turn on audio mode to prevent the video from loading.Perhaps the most convenient feature is that you can search YouTube while watching a video.A "Related Videos" tab will appear in the search results.
How to install Addoncrop Downloader
Visit the Addoncrop website and enter the YouTube video downloader page.Click "Add to Chrome" and then click "Start."This will redirect you to the Chrome Web Store, where you must first download Foxified.
After downloading Foxified, you will see a new tab asking you to set permissions for YouTube video downloader.Allow the necessary permissions and YouTube Video Downloader will be ready in seconds.
Download: Addoncrop YouTube Video Downloader (free)
2. Internet Download Manager
Internet Download Manager or IDM is a widely used tool for downloading different types of files, not just videos.Although you can download the IDM extension from the Chrome Web Store, it can only be used if the IDM software is installed on your computer.Therefore, you must download the software at the same time as the extension.After completing these two operations, restart the browser.
To download a video from YouTube, open any video on YouTube.You'll find a "Download this video" button with the IDM logo in the upper right corner of the video player.Click on it and select the file format and video resolution.
Next, IDM will display a dialog box asking you to select a folder to save the video and description (optional).Finally, click the "Start Download" button and IDM will save the video to the specified folder.
Although the IDM Integration Module extension itself is free, after the 30-day free trial period, you must purchase an IDM license to use the software.License costs $11.95 per year, or $24.95 for lifetime use.
Download: Internet Download Manager Software
Download: IDM Integration Module for Chrome (Free, requires paid IDM license)
3. Local YouTube Downloader
Local YouTube Downloader is a tool that does exactly what it says on the tin, it allows you to download YouTube videos to your local device.However, this extension cannot be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store, you must install it through Tampermonkey.
Tampermonkey is a well-known userscript manager that works with all popular browsers including Chrome and Edge.Through this userscript manager, you can download userscripts through which you can download YouTube videos.
After downloading Tampermonkey and the native YouTube downloader, you can simply open any YouTube video you want to download.Below the video player, click Download High Resolution MP4 to download the video instantly.
To see more resolutions and formats, click the Show/Hide link.Here you'll see multiple links in two different columns: Streaming and Adaptive.The links in the stream column have audio and video combinations, while the link on the right only supports one of them.
Select the resolution and format of your video and click the link.You will be taken to a new tab playing the video.Here you can download the video by right clicking on "Save Video As".
How to install Local YouTube Downloader
First, go to the Chrome Web Store to download Tampermonkey.Then, download the Local YouTube Downloader user script from GreasyFork.
Download: Tampermonkey for Chrome (free)
Download: Local YouTube Downloader
4. Easy YouTube Video Downloader
Easy YouTube Video Downloader is an Opera add-on that you can add to your Chrome browser through the CrossPilot extension.As the name suggests, this is a simple YouTube video download tool without any cumbersome features.
After installing the plugin, open any video on YouTube.You will see a green "Download As" button.Click on it to open a drop-down menu.Here you can see the available formats and resolutions as well as their sizes.
Select your preferred format and Easy YouTube Video Downloader will start downloading the video.
How to install Easy YouTube Video Downloader
First, download CrossPilot from the Chrome Web Store.Then enter the Easy YouTube Downloader page and click "Install using CrossPilot".Grants permission to download the extension.
Download: CrossPilot for Chrome (free)
Download: Easy YouTube Video Downloader
5. YouTube By Click
YouTube by Clicks is standalone software, not a browser plug-in.But it works in the same way as other extensions, allowing you to download videos directly from the YouTube website.You can download YouTube By Click from its website.
After installing the software, whenever you watch a YouTube video, it will automatically detect the video being played and display a small window in the lower right corner.Here, you can choose to download the video in MP4 or MP3 format.
After opening the program, you can change the folder for downloaded videos, default format, and video quality.By default, it only detects videos played in the Chrome browser.However, you can also open options for other browsers.The software is available in multiple languages, including English, French, and Spanish.
Download: YouTube By Click for Chrome (free)
Download videos for offline viewing
These Chrome browser extensions make downloading YouTube videos easy and hassle-free.With these add-ons, you can save videos for future reference or for offline viewing.So, if you are planning a trip and want to watch videos without spending any mobile data, you can download YouTube videos or even entire playlists.
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