How to Download YouTube Videos

Supermoonhost is going to teach you how to download YouTube videos to your phone, computer, and tablet.

how to download YouTube videos

You should know that while downloading most of YouTube videos is not illegal, it can violate Google terms of service.


How to Download YouTube Videos

You are going to get a list of methods to download YouTube videos, you should read till the end to see which one is best or not hard.


Method 1

Using KeepVid on your Computer

Go to in your browser Which you can use a free YouTube downloading website like that of keepvid to download YouTube videos on your computer.

Before opening keepvid, you will need to open YouTube video.

Go to the video you need to download, you can search for a video using the search bar or choose a video from the home page.

As you select a video, it will start playing.

Select the sharing icon, that is the gray arrow below the video, you will see some share options will appear.

Select the blue copy link next to url, it will copy the link to your clipboard.

You should now navigate to ( you can do all these in your the same website browser if you want.

You should enter the link field at the top of keepvid page, and paste the link you copied before.

Press the blue download now button. The link will be fetch by keepvid and it will display some format options.

Select download format for you to download a video.

To get a high quality, you can choose the blue best download next to the video.

To choose lower quality, press download other formats to make your selection. It now download file to your computer.

If a prompt, select a location to save your file or download, then ok.

You can watch the download video by by choosing the file on your computer.

How to Download YouTube Videos

Method 2

Using 4k video Downloader on your Computer

You can download the 4k video Downloader setup file. At

In your computer browser press “get 4k video Downloader” on left side of the page, and it will be downloaded.

The 4k Downloader on your computer, which are available on both Windows and Mac computers.

Install the 4k video Downloader. After finishing downloading the file, you can install it through the following way.

For Windows you should double press the file, when prompt you should press yes and follow the setup instructions.

For Mac double press the file, then verify the installation if it is necessary, drag the downloaded app icon to the application folder and follow screen instructions.

Go to in a computer browser, and choose the video you want to download.

Copy the video url address, and open 4k video Downloader.

In the top left corner of 4k video Downloader, paste the link you copied on YouTube. 4k video Downloader will extract the url address you pasted.

From the format menu, select a video format. If 4k is not among the quality options in a video which supports 4k, if changing the video from mp4 to mkv, it will prompt 4k to appear.

Using 4k video Downloader to download YouTube videos, by default the highest quality will be selected.

You can change the quality if you want or your computer doesn’t support the highest quality.

Press the download button at the bottom of your computer screen, and your video will download on your computer.

How to Download YouTube Videos

Method 3

Using VLC Player on a Computer

Go to on a computer, if you have the VLC player, you might be able to use it download videos from YouTube to your computer.

Go to  YouTube in your computer browser, if you don’t the VLC media player app on your computer,  you can download it from or use a different method.

The method should work for most YouTube videos, but some may said your input cannot be opened, or error in the process of downloading the videos.

That’s happens because YouTube do restrict location of the video on Web, when it contains copyright content.

Mostly to solved this is to use a YouTube download website not abides to that law such as or you can use a computer program.

Using VLC to download YouTube Videos

Go to YouTube and choose the video you want to download,  copy the video url address.

Open the VLC media player on your computer screen. If you don’t have VLC player, you can download it from

Open a new Network stream. This allows you to play content from your Web browser in VLC.

How to Download YouTube Videos

The steps are both different for using VLC to download YouTube videos on Mac and Windows.

For Windows press media and open the network stream, while for Mac enter file and open network stream.

Now paste the video url address you copied from YouTube into the field.

You should press the “please enter a network work url” at the text box, you should now press ctrl+ v (pc) or command+ V (mac).

Press the play button (pc) or (mac) it will make the VLC media to open the YouTube video.

Try to update the VLC to the latest version or you may encounter difficulties playing the YouTube video.

If you have the latest version of VLC and you are still unable to play YouTube video, copy the text on this page and paste it in a notepad or text file editor.

Save the copied file as “youtube.lua”, on windows, navigate to “c:\program files  (x86) \videoLan\VLClua\Playlist” in file explore.

While on Mac right press on the vlc app, which is in applications and press show contents. You should now navigate to “/mac/share/lua/playlist”.

Delete “youtube.luac” file, then replace it with “youtube.lua” and save the file.

View the video’s codec information, for you to do so: on windows, press tools and choose codec information, while on Mac press window, then press the media information.

How to Download YouTube Videos

Copy the “location” field. At the window bottom, you will see long address for you to copy, you should now highlight the entire address and follow the below steps to copy the address.

For Windows: press the highlighted url and copy, while mac press the text field and open the address.

Paste the copied address into the browser and press enter. If you are using mac you can skip this process because the video will already be in your browser. If it is windows you are using, open new browser tab, press the address bar and then paste.

Press the video and select save video, it will open the computer “save” dialog.

So you will now be able to download the video in the resulting drop down menu, which you will press the “save video”. The video will start to download on your computer as mp4, with the name “videoplayback”.

You can now select a location and press save. By doing so, it will download the video to your computer, as the file is being downloaded, you can view it by double clicking the file.

How to Download YouTube Videos

Method 4

Using Tubemate for Android

You have read some previous methods provided by supermoonhost on how to download YouTube videos, you are going to learn how to use tubemate to download YouTube videos.

Go to in your android browser. Tubemate let’s you download YouTube videos to your Android phones. Though the app is not available in play store, but still you can download the apk file and install it manually.

Press the link to download, and it will bring you to the download website.

Scroll down and press the red download apk button. Many links are on the page so make sure that you are pressing the one with text. Doing so, a pop up will appear at the bottom, which it will be asking you if you want to keep the file.

Press pop up, and it will download the file to the android, after finishing downloading, a pop up will show up that brings the word “open “.

The pop up window will appear, press and a confirmation message will appear, then confirm.

How to Download YouTube Videos

Press install and the app will now be installed on your Android.

After finishing installing, press open at the bottom corner of the confirmation message.

The terms will show for you to agree, which means you agree to download videos for private use only.

Press OK on the permission pop-up, which explains the permission you will need to give tubemate to run.

Follow the screen instructions to give permission to tubemate. You can allow tubemate to save files to your Android, draw over the app, while the rest permissions are optional.

If prompt to enable, you can draw over the app. Slide and switch to the position, then press the back button to open tubemate page that looks like YouTube.

You can now search for the video you want to download, it will open on a screen that looks like YouTube.

When tapping through the quick “how to”,  use search box at the top of screen to video you want to download.

Tap the red icon that looks like an arrow, which is at the bottom right corner of the screen, doing so, a list of option to download video will appear.

You can tap the size and file, you want to download, then tap the red arrow icon, which is on the right side.

Your video will be downloaded to the android phone, which you can view it through your file manager or gallery app.

In case a pop up appears, which will be asking you to download something, choose the “No” option. This are ads that brings you to play store, they normally looks like system warning. They will not install any bad thing, but don’t be tricked to download extra files.

How to Download YouTube Videos

Method 5

Using keepvid on iPhone or iPad

In this method, you going to learn how to use iPhone or iPad to download YouTube videos.

Install the documents by readdle on your iPad or iPhone.

Apple has make it sort of difficult to download a file to your iPad or iPhone, so you will use app called readdle.

So, here is how to get it, open the app store and tap the search at the bottom right corner.

Type the word “readdle” into the search at the top of screen and search.

Tap the get button or the cloud icon which is next to document by readdle, it is the “D” icon with yellow and green accents. Follow the on screen instructions.

Now, go and open YouTube on your iPad or iPhone and go to the video you want to download.

Make sure you tap on the video as if you want to play it, and it will start playing immediately.

Tap the share icon with an arrow that is below the video’s title, then many sharing icon will appear.

Tap the copy link with the gray icon, having two rectangles in bottom row of icons. It now copies your video link to your clipboard.

Open the documents app you installed previously, which is the gray “D” icon with yellow and green accents.

You should be able to see it through your home screen.

This may be the first time you are using it, so tap continue when promoted, and proceed through the screen till you reach “documents” at the top.

Press the blue compass icon, which is at the bottom right side of the “documents” screen, and it will open a new browser.

How to Download YouTube Videos

Go to in your Web browser.

Tap the “enter link ” field and paste the YouTube link you copied earlier.

Tap the blue “download now button”. And then, keepvid will provide some download options below.

Scroll down and press the best download, which is the blue button below the video duration, and the save screen will appear.

If you want small file, to reduce your Data (megabytes) consumption, you can tap the “Download other formats” button below and choose the the file size you want.

If you want you can rename the file and tap done. And your video will be downloaded to your iPad or iPhone.

Once your video has been downloaded, you will need to return to the main documents by readdle screen.

You should now add the readdle folder to files app, if you do so, you will be able to access your downloaded YouTube videos easily.

If you are confused on how to add readdle folder to file app, then here is how to do it.

Open files app which is the blue folder on your home screen. Or it’s inside a folder.

Tap the word “browse” at the bottom, and press edit at the top right side, slide the “documents” and switch to the (green) position.

Tap “done” at the top right side. You can now use files app to access videos you download with documents by readdle.

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You can now watch your downloaded videos from YouTube. If you are ready to watch your downloaded YouTube videos.

Follow these steps by: open file and tap browse, tap the documents, after it open tap downloads, and you will see the videos you downloaded from YouTube.