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Easily download YouTube videos with this free tool

Everyone has a favorite YouTube video, or even a few. You head back and watch them on repeat, whether it’s your favorite live performance or a comedy sketch you can’t stop laughing at.

Given YouTube videos’ ephemeral nature, one day that clip may no longer be there. Perhaps your favorite video is a few copyright strikes away from being removed. What if the original poster decides to close their account? Several things could happen, leaving you without your go-to clips.

There’s a simple solution: download the YouTube videos you love and save them on your hard drive. Here’s the easiest way to do it. And don’t forget to tap or click here for 6 ways to check your hard drive before you start downloading.

How to download your favorite YouTube videos for free

Important note: Make sure that you are not violating anyone’s copyrights by downloading videos, as that would be breaking the law; however, videos that fall into the Public Domain, Creative Commons and CopyLeft are fair game for downloading, although you could be violating YouTube’s Terms of Service.

NotMP3’s Free Video Downloader for YouTube is a simple way to keep the videos you want to safeguard the most. Simply download a copy for yourself and see how well it works in a matter of minutes.

The downloader is a simple-to-use app that helps you snag any video quickly and easily, plus it’s a very “light” program that isn’t heavy on resources, so it won’t demand much of your PC to run properly.

It also supports all browsers, so you don’t have to worry about using the wrong one and having to reconfigure your entire setup to use the program. Once you’ve got it up and running, all you need to do is copy the URL of the file you want to save, choose the output format you want to keep it in and click the Download button.

You can download any type of content, regardless of content or age restriction, all without logging into your account. While you cannot save YouTube content you must rent or purchase to watch, everything else is fair game. No personal information required.

The videos download quickly and you can save them in MP4 format, or a variety of formats for use across your personal devices. You can even tweak the resolution and file size to customize the videos for the best viewing experience on your favorite devices. The program supports videos from 360p up to 8k resolution.

You may want to simply save a YouTube video as an MP3 instead. In situations where you’re more interested in a video’s audio track than its visual component, this can be a lifesaver.

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Perhaps someone has uploaded a rare audio track with a static image and you’d like to store it on your phone or media player. This is a fast and efficient way to save music without the visuals so you can always hear your favorite song.

Best of all, you can save an unlimited number of YouTube videos for your personal collection without paying a dime. You don’t have to go to some shady website that could potentially be riddled with malware to do it.

If you’ve been looking for a reliable way to accomplish growing your own respectable media collection, this is the best way to do just that.

Once you bulk up your YouTube video collection, be sure you’ve got plenty of space on your hard drive to save everything. You could save them to your phone if you prefer, but your hard drive is a viable option that gives you a “base” for all your files to remain safe.

If you don’t have a lot of storage space on your computer, it may be full of bloatware and programs that didn’t fully delete when you uninstalled them. Tap or click here to learn how to free up space on your Windows PC.

It can be addictive, racking up those favorite TV show clips and live song recordings, after all. We’ve been there, so saving to your hard drive is likely the most realistic option.

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