How to download YouTube videos to mobile phone directly
YouTube only allows the streaming of videos published on its platform. If you are the busy type who watches videos bit by bit, you will be at a disadvantage. Even though YouTube Go was released and it could download videos, it downloaded the video into the app, not on your mobile device. This limits what you can do with the video. If you like to upload some parts of the video on your social media account, that won’t be possible. You can’t even send the video file to your friends; only the link can be shared.
However, those days when you couldn’t download YouTube videos are gone. There are now several ways you can get a video on YouTube to save your mobile device storage. The popular method back then that involved putting ‘ss’ at the beginning of the video link actually brought an error message the last time I tried it.
In this blog post, we will be focusing on four different platforms you can use to download YouTube videos to mobile phones directly, depending on your device. Each of these methods is well detailed so that you can understand the process.
What Things Should I Note Before Converting YouTube to Mp3
The YouTube video you want to download to your phone you will need its link. It is the link you will copy then paste into the mp4 conversion websites.
If you are streaming the video through the YouTube GO app, you won’t be able to have access to the link. You will need to use the YouTube app to view the video or go to your web browser and access the video through the YouTube website.
If you prefer to use an app to download the YouTube video of your choice on your phone, you won’t need to copy and paste any link. It is a more straightforward way of downloading YouTube videos. The app you will be using is called Vidmate.
The only downside of this app is that you won’t find it on the Google play store, and if you are an iPhone user, you won’t be able to use it because it’s not supported on this device. I have seen some claims online saying they are able to use it on their iPhone; however, on Vidmate’s official website, it is published that the Vidmate app isn’t yet available for iOS users. This might be cloned apps parading as the real ones so that the programmers can harvest your data. Be wary of such claims.
If you are an Android user, you can download the Vidmate app on their official website. If you are the type of person who doesn’t download apps that aren’t on Google play store due to security purposes, we will offer other methods you can use to download YouTube videos to your phone.
How to download YouTube video from the web
Two websites I use frequently are ‘savefrom’ and ‘ytmp3’. Over the years, they are still functional, and unlike the other websites which won’t download some kind of videos, these two will download any kind of video you want. However, there is a slight difference between savefrom and ytmp3.
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Savefrom offers different resolutions you can choose for the video; however, ytmp3 don’t offer that. It automatically picks a resolution for you. Also, when downloading, savefrom will redirect you to third-party sites (this is usually annoying) while ytmp3 doesn’t do that.
I will show you how to access both sites and download the YouTube video of your choice.
Note: if you are also trying to download YouTube videos to your windows computer, these sites are desktop friendly. For Mac computers, we offered an application you can use in this article.
Steps to using savefrom:
- Open your web browser
You can use any web browser you want. I will be making use of Google chrome. Click on this link to access the site. When it opens, paste the YouTube video link into the empty field box on the screen. It will automatically start initializing; however, if it doesn’t, tap on the download button beside it.
- Choose the resolution
The video you want to download will appear. Beside it, you will see a download button and a resolution button. Tap on the resolution button and pick the resolution you want.
A drop-down menu will appear with the resolutions available. Don’t pick the resolutions with a speaker symbol and a small x beside it. It means this resolution will only give you visual output and no audio output.
- You will be redirected
You will be redirected to another website. The website is usually a gambling site or an advert of some kind. Before it finishes redirecting you, tap on the back button of your phone.
- Start downloading
A new page will appear with the video on your screen. The video will automatically start streaming. At the bottom of the video, you will see an icon with 3 bullets on the right. Tap on it. A menu will appear, tap on ‘download.’ The video will start downloading.
If you don’t want the video to continue streaming, close that page or tap on the back button of your phone.
If you are the type of person who is wary of being redirected to third-party sites, especially gambling sites, then you can just make use of ytmp3. However, you won’t have the option of choosing different resolutions for the video.
Steps to using ytmp3:
- Go to ytmp3
Click on this link to access ytmp3 homepage. When it opens, you will see an empty field box on the screen. Paste the YouTube video link in that box. At the bottom of the box, you will see ‘mp3’ and ‘mp4’. Tap on mp4. Now, tap on the convert button beside the box.
- Choose the downloading method
It will take a few seconds to process the video, depending on its length. New options will appear. You can choose the download button so the video will download to your device storage, or you can tap on the dropbox button so it will save to your cloud.
How to download YouTube videos on an app
Lots of apps still doesn’t allow you to download YouTube videos, especially those that are on the Google play store. Most of these apps support downloading videos on Vimeo and other sites, but not YouTube. It is isn’t available on the Google play store, but you can get it on third-party sites or their official website. I won’t advise you to get it on third-party sites due to the high risk of these websites.
Another reason why I like Vidmate is that it has a simple interface. It is very easy to navigate through this app. Just three to two actions are required to download on this app. Moreover, it is bite-size.
Apart from YouTube videos, you can download videos on Vimeo, Instagram, 9 gag and so on, in different video resolutions.
Steps to using Vidmate:
1. Download the Vidmate app
You can get vidmate apk file from their website. You will find the download button at the bottom of their homepage.
After downloading it, the apk file might not start installing immediately, and it will ask you to allow your device to download from unknown sources. You will tap on ‘allow.’ Follow the instructions on your screen until you’re done, then the installation will start. It will take a few seconds before the APK file is installed on your device.
2. Open the vidmate app
After it has finished installing, open the app. You might come across some instructions, requiring you to give permission to this app to access your device storage, and so on. Tap on ‘allow’. You can now use the app.
At the top of the app’s homepage, there is a search box. Input the name of the video (you can also paste the link to the video if you have copied it). You will see the video among the search results. Just scroll down gently until you find it.
3. Start downloading the video
On the right side of the YouTube video you want to download to your phone, you will see a download icon. Tap on this icon. It will start to analyze the video. It will take just a few seconds.
4. Pick a resolution
A pop-up menu will appear with six different video resolution. Tap on the resolution you want — 144P, 240P, 360P, 720P HD, 1080P HD. After picking the resolution, tap on download. The video will start downloading. Note that not all the video resolutions are available for some videos.
At the upper right corner of the page, you will see another download icon, tap on it so you can see the download progress of the video. When it finishes downloading, you can instantly play the video because there is a built-in media player on the app.
Also, make sure you check your media player app to see if the video appears there. If not, go to your file manager and locate the video. Usually, you will find it in the Vidmate folder. Copy or cut the video, then paste it in the folder where your other videos are stored. Check your media player now. You will see it there.
How to download YouTube videos on iPhone/Mac
To download YouTube videos on iPhone/Mac, you will need IOTransfer. There are several other YouTube downloading platforms you can use, but, if you are worried about the downloading speed, then IOTransfer is the application you should use, especially if you are downloading a lengthy YouTube video.
The only disadvantage of IOTransfer is that it has no iPhone app. You will need to first download it on your Mac computer before you can access the video on your iPhone. I will show you how you can get the video on your iPhone after it has been downloaded on your computer.
Also, IOTransfer works on Windows system. It supports Windows 10/8.1/7
Steps to using IOTransfer:
1. Install IOTransfer
Install IOTransfer application on your computer. There is a free version available, you can use this version for downloading YouTube videos. If you want to do advanced conversions on this application, you can switch to premium.
Launch the application when you are through with the installation. Make sure you have already copied the link of the YouTube video you want to download.
2. Download the video
On IOTransfer homepage, you will see “VIDEOS” at the top, tap on it. A blank field will appear, paste the YouTube video link inside it. You will pick a “Download Location” for the video, then you will choose the folder you want to save it in. Now you can download it.
3. Send to your iPhone
After the video has finished downloading, you will connect your iPhone to the computer. You can also connect your iPhone to the computer before or when downloading the YouTube video; whichever way you choose is okay.
Wait until your iPhone is recognized on the computer. You might receive a notification saying “Trust this Computer.” Tap on “Trust” so that you can continue the process.
If your device isn’t recognized, remove the connector of the USB from the port of the computer, then insert it again. If it still doesn’t recognize it, you will have to restart the application.
On the right side of the video you downloaded, you will see an iPhone icon, click it. A list will appear. Tap ‘send’. You might be asked to choose the video you want to send. Pick it. Your video will be sent to your iPhone.
Apart from downloading YouTube videos, you can also use this app to download videos on Vimeo, Instagram, metacafe, usteam.
As you can see, downloading YouTube videos on your smartphone is actually possible, regardless of the brand or model. All you will need is a conversion websites and conversation apps.
The methods I am offering are functional. Each of these platforms was used in downloading YouTube videos and they all worked perfectly. If you are having a hard time with one of the methods, you can try any other one you want.