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Pocket your favorite videos with our guide to downloading YouTube videos

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Additional download methods

How to download YouTube videos using YTD Video Downloader (Windows/Mac OS X)

YTD Video Downloader has come a long way since its early days as the simply-titled, “YouTube Downloader.” The software is quicker and more seamless than ever before, offering a barrage of quality options for downloading YouTube videos — along with content from Vimeo, Facebook, Blip.TV, and more than 60 other video sites — as sole MP4 files to a designated directory of the user’s choice. Adorned with simple four-tab navigation and a baby-blue exterior, the equipped interface is incredibly easy to utilize and understand, with additional conversion options housed directly within the application for converting the resulting content as a MOV, AVI, or other commonplace file format.

Download quality varies, but the software can handle multiple downloads in real-time and touts the ability to resume video downloads after a temporary network loss.

How to download YouTube videos using YouTube Downloader (Windows/Mac OS X)

YouTube Downloader is another good way to download YouTube videos (not to be confused with older iterations of YTD Downloader). It’s got a clean interface and converts YouTube videos to MP4, MOV, or AVI files without infecting your computer with viruses or malware.

Step 1: Go to the YouTube Downloader page. Download the application and click through the installation dialogue. When prompted, check the box next to custom installation to avoid installing the AVG toolbar and other unnecessary items.

Step 2: The installation will automatically install a YouTube downloader icon on your desktop. Open YouTube downloader and paste the YouTube URL of the video you want to download.

Step 3: Select the download icon. It’ll automatically download as an MP4. If you want to download the video on a different file format, click the arrow to choose between FLV, 3GP, and AVI file formats.

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Step 4: Choose My Video Files in the lower right corner of the application. This will take you to your folder of downloaded videos. Choose the video you want to watch.

How to download using savefrom.net (Web-based)

Savefrom.net provides a quick and easy way to download videos from Youtube and other sites. In our testing, the videos seem to be of good quality, and the downloads were fairly quick.

Step 1: Go to the savefrom.net homepage. Near the top of the page is a text field with an arrow next to it. This is where you will need to enter the URL of the video you want.

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Step 2: If you want, you can simply copy the URL from the video page and paste it in.

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Step 3: Once you have entered the URL of the video you wish to download, click the blue arrow.

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Step 4: The site will locate the video and give you the available format options in which to download it. Simply click the link and the download will begin.

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How to download using KeepVid (Web-based)

Like ClipConverter, KeepVid is a web-based downloader, meaning there is no need to install software on your computer.

Step 1: Go to KeepVid’s homepage. Near the top of the page there is a text field with a button to the right that says “Download.”. Enter the URL of the video you wish to download, and click the button.

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Step 2: KeepVid will give you a list of options, including varying formats and qualities, including file sizes. Choose the one you prefer and click it.

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When we tested KeepVid, the download was quick, the video quality decent, and the file, according to a virus scan, was malware free.

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