There are not many ways to download YouTube videos on Android. The fact that Google does not allow such activity is one thing. Plus it is considered piracy when someone uses other people’s work for their own gain. That is why there is no real app from the Play Store that actually downloads videos from YouTube.
If by chance that you find one app that promises a way to download YouTube videos on Android, that should be because there are strings attached to it. Some apps include annoying ads or some even inject malware along with the app.
Even though downloading videos from YouTube is not easy, it does not mean that it is impossible. There are ways and tricks on how to do it. Let me show you how it’s done.
How to Download YouTube Videos On Android with and without any App
So you found a video that you really want to download for offline consumption. But sadly there is no decent app from the Play Store to give that service. Here are some ways you can do it.
Download videos from the YouTube app
In case you do not know yet, you can actually download most videos using the native YouTube app from Google. Every video that you play when you are connected online, there is a button down the video itself that says “download”. Now, while this does not exactly download the video to your local memory storage, it is still available for viewing when you are offline.
When you are not connected to the internet anymore, just open the “Offline mode” inside the YouTube app and you will all the videos you downloaded earlier.
Use the screen recorder.
This one is a nifty trick. Just download any screen recorder app from the Play Store we recommend using AZ Screen Recorder app and you can record the video playing on your Android smartphone device.
Here is how to do it:
- Open the screen recorder app.
- Ready the button that triggers the screen recording option.
- Go to the YouTube app and play your choice of video.
- Pause the video.
- Tap the screen recorder.
- As soon as the screen recorder starts, go to the YouTube video and tap the Play icon.
- That’s it. Your video will be available offline saved in your local memory.
The only downside of this method is that you should wait until the video finishes to record. If you are okay with that, then this method will be suited for you.
Download videos through Tubemate app
Tubemate is not available in Play Store so it’s either you download it from Tubemate’s homepage or through the CNET site. Here is what you should do.
- Download Tubemate APK file.
- Allow installation of third-party apps from the setting “Unknown Sources”.
- Install the Tubemate app.
- Disable the “Unknown Sources” to prevent other unwanted apps to install as well.
- Open the app.
- Play your preferred YouTube videos.
- Tap on the download icon at the top.
- Choose your preferred format and size.
- Tap on it and wait for the download.
Note: If you don’t like TubeMate then check SnapTube or Showbox. Showbox is a great alternative to TubeMate App, the biggest advantage of using showbox is this app gets regular updates. You can get showbox apk from here.
Those are the easiest and the safest way to download YouTube videos on Android. It is up to you which one will better serve you on your purpose. Hopefully, you will not use your downloaded video for anything illegal such as piracy.
If you know of other ways to download YouTube videos, please share it with us here. Just leave your ideas in the comment section.