At times, while browsing, you will come across the perfect YouTube video to use for your content. “In case if only there was a way to download it without asking the owner,” you mutter. So, the good news is, there are specific sites and apps, commonly referred to as YouTube Downloader well, that let you do just that.
There are a thousand options when it comes to YouTube Downloaders. No, While some may cost you a good few dollars to acquire, most are 100% free.
There are specific platforms that don’t even require you to download any software (all you need is the video URL and you’re good to go). In case if you have never done this before and are paranoid that you might end up with malware, keep reading.
We have talked about YouTube video editors in the past. This time, we will take you through 10 of the best free YouTube Downloaders to try in 2020. In the end, I will also take you through quick dos and don’ts of using these video downloaders.
The Best Free YouTube Downloaders to Try This Year
These following YouTube video grabber tools will reign supreme in 2020.
The 4K Downloader is a well-known provider of free content-grabbing products. Their popular tool is the 4K Video Downloader, which allows you to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.
As with TubeMate, this is another tool you will need to download before you can start using it. So, At the moment, it is only available for Windows.
Similar to a few of the tools discussed earlier, the 4K Video Downloader also lets you download complete playlists. Moreover, it lets you download complete channels in one go.
Next on this list is VidMate, yet another YouTube Downloader for Android. This platform lets you download videos from YouTube, along with over 200 other platforms.
This also lets you stream online videos in HD. So, A key feature of VidMate is its integrated Downloader, which provides fast download speeds (even with slow internet connections).
Similar to all video downloaders, this tool isn’t available on Google Play due to Google’s policy against downloading YouTube content. Due to that, you will have to download the APK and install it manually on your device.
With the basic and one of the popular tools. The KeepVid (by iTubeGo) is the go-to site to download YouTube videos in MP4 format.
Aside from individual videos, the tool also allows you to download complete YouTube playlists in one go conveniently. Besides that, you can download videos from Instagram, Facebook, and Dailymotion.
The Videoder is a free video downloader available for Windows and Android. This software lets you download 4K videos from YouTube and over 1,000 other sites, as well (whereas the android version lets you download from a little over 50 different sites).
Moreover, the desktop version lets you create personal collections of videos and audios. So, This means no more buffering or browsing through a clutter of files.
y2mate is another (relatively simple) YouTube to MP4 converter. Just Copy & paste the video link into the field on the homepage & click “start.”
Well, A great thing about y2mate is that it allows you to download videos in different resolutions, from 144p to 1080p. Additionally, the tool lets you download just the audio or convert and download videos into MP3 files.
Snaptube is another user-friendly tool that allows you to download YouTube videos in different resolutions and formats. Unique of the formats that Snaptube supports include M4A, MP4, and MP3.
This tool is only available for Android. However, it isn’t available on Google Play – so you will need to download the APK. Like the Android version of Videoder, Snaptube lets you download videos from over 50 different sites besides YouTube.
7. YT Cutter
At these times, we only need certain parts of the videos. While many free tools let you trim and embed videos, only a few let you download them.
So, One of them is YT Cutter – it lets you download the bits that you like in a few different formats, like so:
The TubeMate is another standard YouTube Downloader that lets you grab your favorite videos in MP4 & 4GP formats (as well as in audio formats, including MP3 and WAV).
This tool also comes with its video player and a built-in search feature that lets you find videos conveniently. TubeMate is possible for both Android and Windows.
Now Marketed as a “friendly downloader for YouTube,” ClipGrab is the last on the list. Although, that doesn’t mean that it’s not as good as the others. Thus, in terms of simplicity and ease-of-use, it’s one of the best tools.
As well, Not only does it allow you to download videos from YouTube, but Vimeo and Facebook, as well. So, As of now, ClipGrab is only compatible with Windows.
VideoProc is an excellent video processing software (by Digiarty), with a wide range of capabilities. So, With this tool’s help, you can cut, merge, crop, rotate, and do much more to make click-worthy videos.
The software also includes a built-in “media downloader,” which lets you download videos from over 1,000 websites. This tool also lets you convert downloaded videos into MP4, MP3, & other formats supported by both iPhones and Android devices.
The VideoProc is available for free (for Windows and Mac). There is also a pro-version with advanced features and additional services.
Is Downloading YouTube Videos Legal?
Well, Whether you want to do video marketing or keep content saved on your device, it is illegal to download YouTube videos.
So, Because of that, most of the tools discussed above aren’t available for download from major app stores.
You should only download a video if:
- It’s your property
- It’s royalty-free stock footage.
- You get permission from the original owner or uploader.
This reason why YouTube discourages downloading is to protect its users & retain them on their platform.
Enjoy Your Videos
Now that you have downloaded your favorite video(s), it’s time to spice them up & make them your assets.