Download YouTube Videos on Android … Legally

Rahul Gupta

YouTube is a great source of global infotainment and some of us love to save its content onto our phones. But sadly, saving a YouTube video is illegal. However, there is a simple solution to this problem, and we will show you how you can download videos the legal way.

There are hundreds of third party apps available to download any video from YouTube. The truth is downloading any video is illegal, and is considered as piracy.

YouTube’s Terms of Service states that you shall not download any content unless you see a ‘download’ or similar link mentioned on the video.

There is a Simple Solution …

YouTube’s very own app has a nifty little feature hidden in it that allows users to save videos and to watch them later, even with no internet. The application downloads content from the global servers and saves it on the device, making it available for on-demand viewing, as many times as the user wants to.

Interested to Know How?

Here is a quick guide on how you can download a YouTube video on your Android phone, legally.

The Latest Official App

This feature is available with the latest version of the YouTube app, so make sure you have it.

Select The File to Download

After you have updated your app, head over to your favorite video and select options or the ‘three dots’ menu button placed on the right. From the list of options that appear, select ‘Download’.

Here we are downloading a popular video by Hang Massive, as an example. You are free to download any video as you may like. However, there are certain videos that have restrictions for offline use. This method will not work for those videos, specifically.

Choose the Resolution

You are free to download files in the highest available resolution. However, the better the resolution, the bigger the file size. And remember, all these files will be saved on to your device so make sure you have ample storage.

Ideally, 720p resolution videos are the best bet as they have the best quality to file size ratio

Let it Download

Now the app will download your favorite video and save it for offline use.

  

The download time will depend on your network or Wi-Fi speed. And, downloading videos on a high-speed Wi-Fi network is always better. The download works in the background leaving you free to take care of ‘Business as Usual’. Once the download is complete the phone will give an automated notification.

YouTube allows an offline video to be saved for a maximum of 29 days from the date of the download

Your Personal YouTube Video Library

Once downloaded, the video can be located in the ‘Library’ section of the app.

There is no limit as to how many videos you can save offline, or download on your smartphone. The only major limitation is your internet connection and the storage space on your device. And remember, downloaded videos have to be re-downloaded after 29 days, that is if you want to keep them for longer.

In the End

The offline mode does allow for videos to be saved on the devices, however many users have debated and will debate that it is just a workaround and not a solution. The counter argument here is that it is a workaround that offers a very potent solution to a very common problem.

The Thin Line

Downloading videos using third-party apps is illegal

While there are thousands of third-party apps that offer free YouTube video downloads, downloading videos using third-party apps is illegal. If you are using one to download content, stop using it. This is the very reason why Google has created this feature in its app and everyone should benefit from it.

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Rahul Gupta

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Rahul Gupta

Rahul Gupta has been closely following personal technology for over a decade. When not writing or talking about technology, Rahul loves to spend time with his motorbikes or brewing a nice cup of coffee.