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Best free YouTube Downloaders

It’s a real shame that the only way to download YouTube videos officially is to subscribe to YouTube Premium. Now, we fully support the subscription service model here which removes ads, but if you’re happy to watch ads to support your favourite channels you still have to pay your £11.99 / $11.99 per month for the privilege of downloading videos.

There are alternatives of course. You can go to any number of different websites or install various apps which will download online videos from many sites, including YouTube. And here you will find the downloaders we recommend for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android (and there’s even one that supports Ubuntu).

Many of these options have paid-for ‘pro’ versions, but if you’re not averse to paying for some software we can wholeheatedly recommend YouTube By Click. It’s regularly updated, has tech support, and does everything you’d want – and more. It even supports 8K downloads.

Downloaders also let you save just the audio from a video, and the best ones make it simple to choose the resolution and format, as well as downloading playlists with one click.

If you want to know more about the process of downloading a video then read our guide which explains how to download YouTube videos.

4K Video Downloader

4K Video Downloader

WinX YouTube Downloader

WinX YouTube Downloader

TubeMate – Android

Documents – iOS

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