YouTube is the world’s second most popular social media network. Activated in 2005, it’s an online video-sharing platform that allows users to watch, upload, like, comment, and share videos. Every day, YouTube gets over 30 million visitors, the total number of people who use YouTube is nearing 1.5 billion, and every minute, people upload 300 hours of video. These numbers are impressive, but let’s talk about preferences. According, to the Google rapport from 2016, 6 out of 10 people prefer online video platforms to live television. That’s why YouTube gives traditional TV – quite literally – a run for the money.
If you’re reading this article, chances that you watch YouTube on a regular basis are very high. You probably have a couple of favourite channels and quite extensive history of viewed videos and the videos you like. Have you ever been tempted to download a particular video so you could watch it later? Fortunately, there are a couple of ways that can help you save YouTube. Keep on reading if you want to learn how to download and save a video from YouTube!
YouTube video and playlist converter
If you looked for ways to download videos from YouTube, you probably started from searching for YouTube video and playlist downloader or even a YouTube converter. There are numerous websites that offer free services but it’s difficult to find a reputable one. However, the whole process is simple. If you visit a site like BitDownloader, you’ll be able to save YouTube videos and playlists for free.
How does it work? First, find the video or playlist you want to save and copy the link. Paste it to the search box and press “Download”, or the Enter key. The program is going to display the available downloads for you. Find your video, click on the Download link, and choose Save as/Download in order to save it on your device. And that’s it! You’ll have your favourite playlists or videos on your device in no time.
Maybe you want to download that YouTube Playlist or save a couple of funny videos so you can watch them later, but you don’t want to use online software. No worries, your own electronic device has you covered. You can use its screen recorder! Screen recorders, available on your computer, smartphone, or tablet, are designed to record anything on the screen of your device. Whenever you watch a YouTube video or a playlist, switch on your screen recorder and you’ll be able to save it for later. Every major operating system like Windows, Linux, or macOS has their own screen recording tool. The purpose remains the same, but the instructions may differ according to the operating system. So, if you don’t know how to use a screen recorder, feel free to look for detailed instructions depending on your software. It’s an extremely easy method, so make sure you try it out!
Another safe option to download YouTube playlists and videos is YouTube Premium. This extended service to the traditional YouTube platform requires a monthly subscription but after you pay a certain amount of money, you can download as many videos as you’d like, and watch them offline whenever you want. What’s more, you can use the YouTube Music app to listen to music offline. This service is really straightforward and it’s designed for computer and mobile device users at any level of experience.
However, keep in mind that you’ll only be allowed to watch videos from the app. What’s more, you’ll have to prove the validity of your YouTube Premium subscription after 48 hours of downloading videos to your library. Without this step, you won’t be able to watch your videos offline. If you’re not sure if this method is going to work for you, don’t worry – before you pay for the service, you can try a one-month free trial for YouTube Premium and decide whether you like it or not.
Is it even legal?
You may wonder whether what you’re about to do is legal or not. The answer is in YouTube’s terms of service, which state that you can only stream videos directly from YouTube servers. This means that using third-party apps or websites to download a video from YouTube is against these terms. Additionally, always remember that whenever you download a YouTube video, you’re at risk of potential copyright infringement. That is to say, unless the video is in the public domain, you’re the owner of the video, or you’ve got permission from the copyright holder. However, YouTube does offer some ways in which you can save videos and download playlists, but that’s through its own apps and web service.
The bottom line
As you can see, if you want to save your favourite YouTube videos and playlists so you can watch them later offline, it’s definitely possible! Both paid and free options have their advantages and disadvantages. Feel free to try them all out but remember to look for reputable software.
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