How to download YouTube videos easily and for free

Given the sheer variety of videos on YouTube, it’s not hard to find content that’s so fun or interesting that it triggers the need to store it directly on an offline device — either out of affection or as an alternative to ensuring its integrity in the future. Fortunately, there are several alternatives for this task, ranging from programs and applications to online services.

First of all, it’s worth mentioning that YouTube itself has a function that allows you to save videos for later viewing, without an internet connection. However, this feature requires a subscription to the Premium service offered by the platform, in addition to only allowing the reproduction of contents saved in its official application.

Without further ado, check out the main services below to download YouTube videos securely and for free.

Windows programs

Working very similarly, YouTube video download programs for Windows are very affordable. In this context, the main alternatives are: “Free YouTube Download”, “Houlo Video Downloader” and “aTube Catcher” — the latter being the oldest and most popular among users for its extensive range of features. Understand its main advantages and disadvantages:

aTube Catcher

aTube Catcher Interface of aTube Catcher. (Source: aTube Catcher / Reproduction)

Versatile, the aTube Catcher offers a wide range of functions. In addition to the ability to download YouTube videos, you can also record audio and screen content, save live streams, convert video files and even create media for CDs, DVDs and BluRay.

The performance when downloading or converting files is satisfactory and fast, in addition to not requiring a lot of resources from the computer it runs on, making it a lightweight program. However, as it is a Freeware, it is possible that its interface presents some advertisements.

Houlo Video Downloader

(Source: Houlo / Reproduction)

Houlo Houlo Video Downloader interface. (Source: Houlo / Reproduction)

Simpler, Houlo Video Downloader allows you to download and convert video files not only from YouTube, but also from other sites like Vimeo and DailyMotion, making it a more interesting option for users who use other streaming platforms. Unfortunately, the maximum quality option for free downloads is 720p — that is, in HD — and you have to pay for higher resolutions.

Free YouTube Download

Free YouTube Downloader interface. (Source: DVD Videos / Playback)

DVD Videos Free YouTube Downloader Interface. (Source: DVD Videos / Playback)

To the point, Free YouTube Downloader delivers what it promises. It allows you to download and convert YouTube videos quickly and easily — with support for FullHD files. The program is recommended for users who want a light and simple to use program.

Alternative: online services

For users who don’t want to pay for a program or subscription to download YouTube videos, there are online alternatives like the Save From website. In it, you can download media not only from YouTube, but also from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo and many other platforms.

To use it, just paste the URL address on the site indicated and proceed to choose the download format. Check out its interface:

Save From website interface. (Source: Save From / Playback)

Save From Interface of the Save From site. (Source: Save From / Playback)

If desired, Save From also offers other working formats, such as the Google Chrome extension. However, if the option does not please you, it is possible to find similar services on other websites, such as: Snappea, Youtube Downloader and Y2Meta.

Some of these services offer Android versions, however, they must be installed outside the Google Play Store, making room for the installation of malicious software — making it an unrecommended alternative.

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