How To Download YouTube Videos On Android Mobile & PC For Free

How to Download YouTube Videos on Android Mobile & PC for Free

So you want to download videos from YouTube directly to your smartphone, tablet or pc without the usual restrictions placed on YouTube videos?

I totally get it. Many a times, you come across some really amazing videos on YouTube ranging from musical mixtube videos, pranks, singing tutorials and other how to videos as well as guides.

You then think to yourself, “Damn! I really need to save this video so I can watch it again and share it with my friends without needing to use the internet over and over again”, but the harsh reality of youtube not allowing you to download youtube videos to your mobile devices for use anywhere else or sharing purposes dawns on you.

Worry no more, because now you will be able to download youtube videos with great ease using this easy to follow step by step mixtube guide that teaches you how to download youtube videos directly to your mobile devices, tablets and PCs.

How to Download Youtube Videos (Without using Software)

Here is a detailed step by step guide to download youtube videos.

Step 1: Get the Video URL

So, the very first step to get the whole process started is to know the url of the video you want to download or about downloading.

For PC users, you can always find the video url just at the top of your browser (url bar).

If you happen to be using an android phone or an iPhone to carry out this task while using the official youtube app, I recommend you use your normal smartphone browser so as to be able to get the video url.

To get the youtube video url on your android or ios smartphones and mobile devices, simply use an internet browser to visit the youtube video (you want to download) url page. you can see the screenshot in step 3 for help.

Step 2: Copy Paste or Tweak the Video URL

This can be done in two different ways or methods. Whichever you choose to use, the result is the same. Lets go!


Assuming your video url is htpps:// all you have to do is remove the the “https://www” from the url and replace them with “ss”

I.E original youtube video url = changes to

screenshot of how to change the youtube video url

click Ok / Enter and you will be automatically redirected to the page where you will be requested to select a video format which you want your video to be downloaded in.


Just like the first method, this one is really easy.

Copy the url of the youtube video you wish to download from the address bar.
Open a new tab on your browser and visit this url, CLICK HERE (its a clickable link, so you can directly access it from this page) Link will open in a new tab.

select youtube video format

Once the url is open, paste your youtube video link you initially copied inside the long box on the page, Click Ok
Now you will see a list of video format options to choose from, select anyone of your choice.

Step 3: Select a Video Format or Quality

If step 1 and 2 was carried out successfully, at this point, what you should have on your screen/ browser will be a drop down menu of different video formats to choose from.

Now select any video format of your choice and your video should automatically start downloading. The image below explains it all in one straight and easy piece.

Most times after selecting your video format, a new tab might open displaying an advert. Simply ignore or close that tab and continue with what you were doing.

Should in case your video does not start downloading automatically and decides to play instead, simply click on the “:” at the bottom of the video.

This should bring out the download button, click on it and your video will start downloading immediately. See the image below (3 and 4) for further clarification.

step by step image to download youtube video

If you are not sure of what video format to choose, below you will find an explanation of the various video format to help you make better decisions when downloading a youtube video.

Video Formats Explained.

  • MP4 720 – Very high and clear video resolution and the file size is usually very high. Suitable for all screen sizes.
  • MP4 360 – Very Clear video display, suitable for mobile and PC screens. File size is average or sometimes high.
  • 3GP 240 – Average Video quality in 3GP format, suitable for mobile devices screen display.
  • 3GP 144 – Poor video quality, and the file size is always very small.

Step 4: Enjoy Your Downloaded Videos /Keep Downloading

With all the above steps being successful, all you have to do now is wait patiently for your video to complete its download.

screenshot of youtube video downloading on android
screenshot of youtube video downloading on android

Once that is done, you can go ahead to enjoy watching or sharing your newly downloaded videos from youtube. Videos downloaded from youtube usually come with the name “videoplayback”, you can always rename them to anything of your choice for better understanding.

That is the mixtube easy way on how to download and save youtube videos on android, iphones, tablets and PCs completely free, without the use of any software whatsoever.

Now that your youtube video has been downloaded successfully, Enjoy.
Courtesy of MixTube.

How to Download Youtube Videos to a PC (Using 4K Video Downloader)

If for any reason whatsoever, you happen to be the kind of person who likes to have an assigned piece of software for specific functions, luckily for you, there is a tool for downloading YouTube videos too.

Although there are tons of alternatives out there, One tool to download youtube video with great ease that stood out amongst the others is the 4K Video Downloader.

Dont worry about the name, you do not need to have a 4K display to use it. No kidding right now, the 4K video downloader is one of the most versatile download tools out there.

The free version of this software has the ability to download individual videos at customizable qualities all the way up to 4K, has support for 3D and 360-degree videos, can download subtitles and is even able to do so via embedded links.

Although there is a paid for version with a price tag of $20, that only enhances existing offerings rather than hiding the best ones behind a paywall.

For your money, you can download larger playlists and use the subscription system to have it automatically download videos for you as and when they are uploaded.

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1 thought on “How to Download YouTube Videos on Android Mobile & PC for Free”

  1. Hello. This is actually my first time here on this site and I am in love with it already.
    Although I will say I know of this trick to download youtube videos from youtube and save it to your device offline, I found the last step very helpful. Because recently, my videos no longer download, they just start to play, but am glad you touched on that.

    This goes to show you are very practical and original. Thumbs up, keep up the good work, by the way, the navigation of this site is top notch.

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