How to Download YouTube Videos on Laptop or Android Phone

How to Download YouTube Videos on Laptop or Android Phone


YouTube allows users to download videos to watch offline, but there are some caveats. Indian users (and those in other regions) can easily download YouTube videos on their smartphones with YouTube's download option. For free users, it is limited to 720p resolution, and files are available for 48 hours. Premium users can download videos at full resolution. But while YouTube downloads were officially limited to mobile users, the streaming platform recently added a feature for offline mode on desktops as well. The only catch is that this feature is limited to premium users. However, not all videos can be downloaded - those set for private viewing are not downloadable and there is an option for offline viewing that content creators can disable.

How to download YouTube videos on Android Phone

How to download YouTube videos on Android Phone


While YouTube Premium subscriptions allow content to be downloaded for offline viewing, there are some videos that users can download outside of paid subscriptions. These videos will be available offline for 48 hours. After that, you'll need to reconnect your device to a mobile or Wi-Fi network every 48 hours. Reconnecting will allow the app to check for changes to the video or its availability. There are only a few places in the world where videos can be downloaded. India is included in the list, and you check out the supporting areas on this page. To download YouTube videos on Android or iOS, follow these steps:
  • Open the YouTube app and go to the video you want to download.
  • Click on the three-dot icon below the video. Click Download Video.
  • Once the download is complete, users can find it in Library> Downloads.
If you want to change the quality of the download, go to Settings by clicking on the Profile tab and then click on Downloads. Tap on Download Quality and choose from the available options. While premium users have the ability to download at higher resolutions, free users can download up to 720p quality.

How to download YouTube videos on a Laptop or PC

How to download YouTube videos on a Laptop or PC


Recently, YouTube introduced the ability for pc browser users to download videos for offline viewing. Google's proprietary platform says the feature will only be supported on computers, laptops, and pc with the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Opera browsers. Unlike mobile, this feature is only available on the desktop for premium users. To download the video on a laptop or pc follow the simple steps below:
  • Open YouTube on your browser. Make sure your browser is updated to the latest version.
  • Go to the video you want to watch offline, click the three-dot menu below the video. Click download.
  • Once the video has been downloaded, you can find it in the Hamburger menu on the left, in the Downloads section.
  • To select a download quality, go to Settings> Downloads. YouTube Premium users can download Full HD (1080p) quality.
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