YouTube is very leery of letting users download content from its platform to their devices. In fact, this feature is not officially available at all, meaning you’ll need to turn to an external tool to be able to download videos and, for example, send them in WhatsApp or view them offline. In the case of Android devices, Google Play does not include apps like this, but there are still several options out there to check out.
What’s needed to download apps outside of Google Play?
To install apps from outside Google Play you need to enable an option on your Android to download install files in APK format. By accessing the setup menu on your device through Settings > Security and then scrolling down you’ll find an option called “Unknown origins” that you’ll then tick to activate. That done, you can download APK files without your Android trying to auto-block them. Find more info on this HERE.
Tubemate YouTube Downloader (Android)
This is unquestionably the most popular of all and the most downloaded from our platform here at Uptodown. Visually it’s practically like using the official YouTube app or website, with the difference that you have a bar at the top of the app to download videos to your Android. You can select the output resolution, and also download just the audio in MP3 format. [Download]
In recent months SnapTube has become Tubemate’s emerging competitor thanks to its two main attractions: the complete lack of in-app advertising and a much nicer-looking, cleaner menu system. It can also download videos from other platforms like Vimeo, LiveLeak, and even Instagram. [Download]
Videoder is another option that’s super similar to the previous ones, very easy to use and with the same options when it comes to selecting the output video format and managing your local downloads. When you’re downloading each video, a square in your notifications bar will show you the status of the download and the moment it finishes. [Download]
aTube Catcher (Windows)
Although all the previous apps are used for downloads on smartphones and tablets, you can also do the same thing on desktop computers. Windows has several alternatives, but one of the most practical and simple is aTube Catcher. You can download just by pasting the URL of the video you want into the program window and selecting a local folder on your hard drive, although that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of everything it offers: a video converter, a crop tool, and integrated utilities to do screenshots and even burn the capture to a physical format. Among the most complete tools out there. [Download]
JDownloader (Windows, Linux, Mac)
Each platform has its own programs for downloading videos, but undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive and expansive is the downloads manager JDownloader, which in addition to letting you download all sorts of files from most online file hosters also lets you do the same thing with YouTube videos just by copying the video URL you want to your clipboard and having the program open (a window will pop up and ask you if you want to download it). [Download]