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7 of the best free YouTube downloader sites and apps for 2022

If you can’t afford a YouTube Premium subscription, this is your next best bet.

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It may be frustrating when you try to watch YouTube videos in an area with no 5G connection or Wi-Fi. The videos won’t play, or they’ll lag and buffer the whole time if they do. 

You could always purchase a Premium YouTube subscription to save videos and keep them stored within the app — but what if you just don’t want to add another paid subscription to your already-growing list?

Thankfully, there are some free YouTube downloader sites and apps you can use to download videos and watch them offline. Using these apps allows you to gain more control over storing your downloaded content. 

1. HitPaw Video Converter

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HitPaw Video Converter is one of the best YouTube downloaders out there.  By copying and pasting the video’s link, users can download the video with the desired file format. With the user-friendly UI design, you don’t have to spend time learning how to use it. 

Furthermore, HitPaw Video Converter supports more than 500 video formats and 300 audio formats. By the way, the software is ad-free. Go to their website and give it a spin.

2. YT Saver

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Another notable free YouTube downloader that’s worth mentioning on this list is YT Saver. On top of giving you access to download YouTube videos for free, the service allows you to download videos and playlists from a wide variety of streaming sites.

While other services on this list let you download YouTube videos directly from your web browser, YT requires you to download its PC or Mac app. The good news is that it’s free and it won’t cost you any money.

3. 4K Video Downloader

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The 4K Video Downloader is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux. It works well for quick, hassle-free YouTube downloads, has a simple user interface, and allows for customization. One highlight of the software is that it’s free of ads. 

All you need to do to download videos from YouTube is plug in the video’s URL and select an output format and location. 

4. Allavsoft

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Video downloads with Allavsoft are simple and easy to use. You can copy the URL from YouTube or any other video that you’re watching in your browser and then enter it into Allavsoft. The URL automatically gets pasted in. From here, click the big Download button to begin downloading the video.

Not only does Allavsoft support YouTube videos, but users can utilize their tool to download videos from Vimeo, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, and more.

5. Any Video Converter Freeware

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This is one of the best YouTube downloaders out there. However, it’s important to note that the free version of Any Video Converter limits you to download only one video at a time. However, you may not mind taking extra time to download videos because it’s free.

This YouTube downloader also comes with a basic, built-in video editor. It allows you to crop the video you’re downloading, add special effects and even add overlay text. The user interface is not well-liked, but you will benefit by taking some extra time to learn it. 

6. WinX YouTube Downloader

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The WinX YouTube Downloader is useful for downloading videos from Facebook, Vimeo, and DailyMotion. It also allows you to download more than one video simultaneously, so you don’t need to spend extra time assessing the videos you want to watch offline.

You need the video URL to download a video with the WinX YouTube Downloader. Paste it into the field, choose an output format and location, and select your quality settings. It’s simple, quick and easy to use.

7. Free YouTube Download

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The final free YouTube downloader site is Free YouTube Download, and it’s one of the best, most simple ways to download your videos for later viewing. You can do more than one video at a time and convert it to several different formats. 

Keep in mind this one drawback — you can only download videos three minutes long or less. 

Download YouTube Videos Using These Tools

It’s important to know what tools are out there that can simplify the process, regardless of why you’re downloading YouTube videos. Consider using some of the tools listed above.

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