How to Download YouTube Videos for Free

It’s a great idea to download videos from YouTube because you can watch them even if you don’t have Internet access. This is often the case on trains, planes, and in isolated areas, where boredom can become excruciating. Another reason to download videos is if your mobile plan does not come with unlimited data. You can download YouTube videos using your home Wi-Fi on your phone and watch them when you’re on the go without exceeding your data allowance.

Download and Install 4K Video Downloader

You need this free software to download YouTube videos to a Windows PC. It can download whole playlists, as well as 3D and 360-degree videos. When it’s finished downloading, you check “Launch” and press “Finish.” After copying the YouTube video’s URL, click on ‘Paste’ in 4K Video Downloader. It will retrieve video information and offer a choice of quality options. These will differ depending on the original video quality, but 4K Video Downloader can download 4K videos if such are available.

You Can Download Audio Only

The free software will enable you to download whole videos or just the audio. You can make your choice using the drop-down menu on the left. The right hand menu lists the various formats available. The standard is MP4. It offers an optimal balance between size and quality and will play on practically any device.


Choose Quality

We recommend the highest resolution for playing video on your computer or TV although it will take more time and space. On the left, you can check the estimated file size to see if you have enough room to download it. Click on the Browse button at the bottom to choose where to save the downloaded video, then click on ‘Download’. After downloading a video, 4K Video Downloader will ask you whether you want to download the whole YouTube channel.

Download in Progress

You are now downloading the YouTube video of your choice. 4K Video Downloader can download up to 24 videos in one session (from that channel). Wait for the video to finish downloading, then right-click it in 4K Video Downloader and press ‘Play’ or look for it in the destination folder. It will stay in this list until you decide to delete or move it unless you adjust the settings. If the settings aren’t changed, it will remain there even if you close and restart 4K VD.

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