How to Save Videos from Youtube

Have you found a hilarious video on YouTube that you would like to download to your computer, but you can't because you can't find the appropriate button to do it? Well that's normal! YouTube does not allow you to download the videos, unless you take out a special paid subscription which, however, offers the aforementioned opportunity only from mobile. However, taking advantage of some third-party solutions it is possible to bypass the problem in a fairly simple way and I'll save YouTube video also in other circumstances.

What am I referring to by "third party solutions"? Simple: software, online services and ad hoc apps. Believe me, you are really spoiled for choice! How do you say? This interests you, but not being very practical in terms of computer science and new technologies, do you fear that the procedure to be implemented to succeed in the enterprise and the tools to be used for this purpose are "stuff" too complicated for you? But no, you have absolutely no reason to worry, really!

Contrary to appearances and beyond what you might think, saving the videos available on YouTube is a rather simple operation to perform and that can be done by everyone without difficulty, you have my word. Do not you believe it? So take five minutes of free time, concentrate on reading what is reported below and try to put into practice the instructions I am about to give you. I am more than sure that in the end you will be able to say satisfied and that you will also be ready to say that in reality it was a real breeze. Let it bet?

Come Save YouTube Video on Your PC

Want to find out how to save videos from YouTube to PC? Then turn to the ad hoc resources that you find listed below. It is about programs for Windows and macOS (as well as for Linux) and of online services usable by any browser and operating system. Therefore, identify the resource that you think could do the most for you and start using it immediately.

4K Video Downloader (Windows / MacOS)

The first useful tool for I'll save YouTube video which I suggest you consider is 4K Video Downloader. It is a free program for Windows and macOS that allows you to perform the operation in question, but also to download movies from other Internet sites, all in a practical and fast way. It allows you to choose between various formats (even audio only) and output resolutions, supports subtitles and is also able to download entire playlists (for up to 25 videos at a time, otherwise you have to unlock this function by switching to the Premium version of the software, at a cost of 14,64 euros, which also allows you to use other extra functions).

To download the program to your computer, visit its website and click on the button Download 4K Video Downloader.

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .msi obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the desktop, first click on the button Run and on that Next. Then check the box relating toacceptance of the terms of service and complete the setup by pressing the buttons forward (twice in a row), install, Yes e Finish. Then start the program by selecting the relevant one collegamento added to Start menu.

Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'program icon in the folder Applications Of computer. Then right click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears, then press the button apri in the window that is shown to you on the desktop, in order to start the software, however, going around the restrictions imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the main program window on the screen, click on the button Paste the link at the top, to paste the URL of the video to download into 4K Video Downloader.

Next, choose the format in which you want to download the video, using the drop-down menu Format, and select one of the resolutions listed below. Then specify the location in which to save the output file, by first pressing the button Choose. Finally, click on the button Download.

youtube-dl (Windows/macOS/Linux)

You can save videos from YouTube to PC also by taking advantage of youtube-dl. This is a 100% free and open source resource, which allows you to download videos on YouTube and other sites by saving them on your computer in various formats (even if only in the form of audio files) and resolutions. It works on Windows, macOS and Linux but, beware, it does not have a graphical interface, so it must be used from the command line.

To download youtube-dl to your computer if you are using Windows, go to the program website and click on the link Windows exe which is located at the top. When the download is complete, move to one folder to taste the file .exe proceeds.

Next, download the FFMPEG, which is essential to perform video conversion. To do this, visit their website, click on logo on Windows che trovi in ​​corrispondenza della sezione More downloading options, select one of the links under the heading Windows EXE Files and proceed with the download for free from the new page displayed. When the download is complete, extract theZIP archive obtained in any position and copy i fillet contained in the folder bin in the same location as the youtube-dl executable.

After completing the above steps, open the Command Prompt, selecting the relative il collegamento present in Start menu, then go to the folder where the file is located youtube-dl .exe preceding the relative path with the cd command and then pressing the key Submit on the keyboard.

Stai using MacOS, however, to be able to use youtube-dl you have to rely on Homebrew, a free and open source package manager that allows you to install various software using the terminal. So, first of all, open the latter by selecting the relevant one icon (Quella with the nether finest in the riga di codice) that you find in Launchpad and, in the window that appears on the desktop, enter the command / usr / bin / ruby ​​-e "$ (curl -fsSL", then press the key Submit on your computer keyboard and, when prompted, enter the password of the Mac administration.

Once you have performed the steps described above, also install youtube-dl, typing the string brew install youtube-dl in the Terminal window and then pressing the key Submit on the Mac keyboard.

Then, also in this case, also install FFMPEG. To do this, type in the Terminal window the string brew install ffmpeg --with-fdk-aac --with-tools --with-freetype --with-libass --with-libvorbis --with-libvpx --with-x265 and press the button again Submit on the keyboard.

Now, type youtube-dl (instead of [URL video] you need to type the video URL) in the Windows Command Prompt window or the macOS Terminal window, press the key again Submit on the keyboard and wait for the download of the movie to start and finish. By doing so, the video will be downloaded in MP4, in its original resolution.

Once the download is complete, if you are using Windows you will find the output file in the same folder where you have chosen to save the program executable, while if you are using macOS the video will be saved in the folder Start Of computer.

If you want to download the video in a different format and / or with a different resolution or if you want to download several videos part of a playlist simultaneously, just modify the above command with the strings shown on the Web page with the documentation of the program.

noTube (Online)

If the idea of ​​installing new programs on your PC does not appeal to you, but you still want to save videos from YouTube, you can contact the online service noTube. It is free, works from any browser and operating system, requires no registration and allows you to download movies - even music - in formats such as MP4, FLV, 3G (as well as MP3 and M4A audio files).

To use it, go to the relevant home page, paste theaddress of the video to download in the field in the center, select the output format from the adjacent drop-down menu and press the button OK. Then, wait for the video to be processed and download it to your PC by clicking on the button Download.

If you have not changed the default settings of the browser you are using, the video will be saved in the folder when the download is complete Download Of computer.

SaveFrom (Online)

Another good online service you can consider trusting is SaveFrom. It also allows you to save videos from YouTube and other sites in various formats and resolutions, directly from the browser window and without having to make any registration. It's free, but to download the videos in HD and to take only the audio track of the videos you need to subscribe to a special paid subscription (with prices starting from $ 9,99 / month).

To use SaveFrom, visit its home page, paste the iMovie address to download in the bar located in the center of the screen and select the link Let me download from the browser at low quality down below.

Next, choose the output format that you prefer and the relative resolution give menu to tendina sottostante the dicitura Scarica free and press the button Download. Finally, right click on the video player that appeared and choose the appropriate item for download the movie locally dal menu conteuale che compare.

If you have not made any changes to the default settings of the browser you are using, the video will be saved in the folder when the download is complete Download Of computer.

Come Save Video from YouTube on Android

You do not have a computer at hand and would you like to understand how to perform the operation covered by this tutorial by acting as a smartphone and tablet? Then keep reading. In fact, below you will find explained what needs to be done to be able to save videos from youtube to android.

YouTube Premium

As I told you at the beginning of the guide, YouTube allows you to subscribe to a special paid subscription, called YouTube Premium, which allows you to download the movies of interest to smartphones and tablets, so that they can then be played offline.

However, the service is paid (it costs 11,99 euros / month, but you can try it for free for at least 30 days with no obligation to renew) and in addition to allowing you to perform the operation covered by this tutorial, it allows you to view the contents on YouTube without advertising and to use YouTube Music Premium (YouTube's music service).

To download YouTube Premium videos of your interest, all you have to do is start theapp di YouTube on your device (if you have not yet installed it, you can take it from the relevant section of the Play Store), then log into your Google account (if required) and sign up for thesubscription to the service (if you haven't already), following the instructions I gave you in my guide on how to get YouTube Premium for free.

Next, locate the movie you want to download, press the button Download found under the player, select the quality to download from the menu appears and tap the button OK. Once the download is complete, you can access the video by going to the section Collection YouTube and selecting the item Download from the next screen.


Another useful Android device solution for saving YouTube videos that you can take advantage of is NewPipe. It is one of the best apps to play YouTube videos in the background and download them (even if only in the form of audio). It is totally free and very simple to use.

Unfortunately, however, NewPipe, it is not available on the Play Store. Therefore, to install the app you will need to select the icon of Settings of Android (the one with the wheel d'gear) found in Home Screen and / or in drawer, go to the menu Safety and momentarily activate the support for unknown origins (i.e. for apps from sources other than the Play Store).

After completing the above steps, to download NewPipe to your device, launch the browser (eg. Chrome), go to the app download page, tap on the icon arrow located next to the most recent version of NewPipe listed under the entry All versions, then on version number che trovi in ​​corrispondenza della sezione Download on the new page displayed. Next, tap the button Download aPK.

Once the download is complete, launch the app Download of Android (or any File Manager for Android, then going to the folder Download), open the file .apk obtained a moment ago and, in the screen that opens, tap the button Install e apri to install NewPipe and open it.

Now that you see the main screen of the application, tap the icon with the magnifying glass at the top right, look for the video of your interest and open it. Then click on the button Download placed under the player and, in the box that appears, indicates the name you want to assign to the file and select the option Video, then tap on the item OK.

Subsequently, the video of your choice will be downloaded from the application and you can access it by tapping the button with the three lines horizontally found on the main screen of NewPipe and selecting the item Download give the menu check if you press.

How to Save YouTube Videos to IPhone and IPad

You have an iOS / iPadOS device and would like to understand how to go about it I will save YouTube video on your iPhone and iPad? Then follow the instructions on what to do below. It's much simpler than you might think, you have my word.

YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium, the subscription service that allows you to download offline the videos on YouTube that I told you about in the passage dedicated to the Android side, can also be used from iOS / iPadOS and even in this case it is possible to proceed with the download of the videos.

To do this, all you have to do is start theapp di YouTube on your iPhone or iPad (if you have not already installed it, you can fix it by taking it from the relevant section of the App Store), log in to your Google account, sign thesubscription to YouTube Premium (if you have not already done so) and follow the instructions for downloading the videos of interest that I have already provided for Android, absolutely nothing changes.


Another system you have on your side to save videos from YouTube using the iPhone and iPad is to use the app commands. In case you have never heard of it, I inform you that it is an Apple-owned solution pre-installed on both iPhone and iPad (if removed, it can be downloaded again and for free from the relevant section of the App Store) which allows you to perform some script to perform various operations, such as the one covered by this tutorial, without having to download other applications.

To use it for your purpose, you need to install a script for downloading YouTube videos, such as YouTube Video & Audio, which you can get by visiting the relevant web page with Safari from your iPhone or iPad and tapping the buttons Get quick commands e Add untrusted shortcut.

If in doing so a warning appears stating that the command you want to get It can not be opened because the security settings of the Commands app do not allow it, to fix it, proceed as follows: tap on the icon of Settings (Quella with the ruota d'ingranaggio) present nella Home Screen and / or in the Library App, select the voice Quick Commands e carries his ON the switch located next to the item Untrusted commands, then tap the button Allow and enter the unlock code device, to enable third-party installation.

Afterwards, open theapp di YouTube on your iPhone or iPad, start playing the video you want to download and tap on the icon arrow top right. In the sharing menu that appears, tap the button Other and select the item YouTube Video & Audio.

Then wait for the Commands app to open, wait for the script to run, choose the option Save as Video from the menu that opens, press onshare icon (Quella with the rectangle and the arrow) located at the top right of the screen with the player that is now shown to you and choose the option Save video from the displayed menu. Once the download is complete, the movie will be saved in the album Video app Photos on iOS / iPadOS.


Salvatore Aranzulla

Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. Known for discovering vulnerabilities on Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he easily answers thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.