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How to Save YouTube Videos on Mac

Using a YouTube video downloader you can keep a YouTube video on your hard drive. Downloaded videos have no latency, no glitches; you can view one without waiting for it to cache; rewinding and skipping forward is always instant and lag-free.

We can recommend some apps with step-by-step instructions on how to download videos from YouTube.

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How to Download YouTube Videos on Mac & PC

How to watch YouTube offline on Mac or PC? Airy is a downloader that can be used on its own or integrated into your browser. You can select any available MP4 quality or convert to MP3 or 3GP for a lower file size. Download multiple videos in a row, or even entire palylists at once.

How to download youtube video on mac with Airy

Airy will also download subtitle tracks alongside the videos. It's a powerful tool, allowing infinite downloads in the queue, and downloading several files in parallel. And since it's a desktop app, quality is guaranteed.

How to Save a YouTube Video to Your Mac Using Airy

1. Download the app here. Install it to your app directory.

2. Copy the URL of a YouTube video. You can either do it from the address bar, or from the "Share" button.

Save a youtube video to mac with Airy

3. In Airy, there is a text box. You should paste the address there; the video should preload.


4. Select the format that you want for the files. For example, 360p MP4 is low-res video, suitable for a smartphone screen.

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5. Press Download. Your max downloads will be limited, unless you fully activate the program.

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Web Downloading Tools

Users often prefer to download videos without interrupting their browsing experience. Starting with YouTube downloader buttons, web browsers have a surprising variety of downloading solutions. Formats can be chosen, resolutions can be adjusted. In the end, browser converters are confined to a limited framework. However, they’re still worth a try.

How to Download YouTube Videos - Safari Solution

Safari is a unique case - its add-on selection is way more limited than, say, Firefox; and, to make matters worse, Apple regulates any software that could be used to download copyrighted data. So, how to save Youtube videos to Mac if you only have Safari?

Airy is a potential workaround. If you have it installed, you can choose to integrate Airy with Safari and start downloads in a click.

Save YouTube videos in Safari with Airy

Converting on Firefox

Firefox has a lot of choice when it comes to downloader plugins. We recommend DownloadHelper. There’s only one downside - it’s a two-part installation with a desktop component. You’ll have to get the secondary installer from the official site. But, once that’s done, you have an excellent app.

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This is how you use DownloadHelper:

  1. Go to a YouTube video page.
  2. You should find a DownloadHelper icon next to the video title.
    (If you can’t, use the icon on the toolbar)
  3. Select one of the format options and start the download.

Downloading with Chrome

On Chrome, add-on installation has its own share of difficulties. The official store, once again, doesn’t host apps with a YouTube download function. You’ll need a third-party solution. And in order to install third-party apps, you’ll need Crosspilot.

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How to Save YouTube Videos to Mac in Chrome

  1. Install Crosspilot (found on the Chrome Web Store).
  2. Go to the Addoncrop website.
  3. Find the YouTube Downloader extension.
  4. Install it. You may need to grant some permissions.
  5. Go to a YouTube page.
  6. Use the "Download" button next to Subscribe.

How to Download YouTube Videos through a Website

Online downloaders are very easy to access, but they have downsides aplenty. Expect low speeds and limited options. However, these services remain popular, and this is especially true for KeepVid. The website is quite simple to use - get a YouTube address and paste in in KeepVid. Then hit “Download”, and you’re all done. No installation needed.

There’s plenty of different online services out there - ones that can convert, download and cut YouTube videos with a single button. You’ll be surprised how much you can change an MP4 right in your browser.

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When downloading from YouTube, you may encounter many unusual situations. For example, it could happen that you can’t download YouTube videos. Some of your questions will be answered below.
There are various ways - online solutions, browser add-ons… But we recommend a desktop app - Airy. You’ll have to download and install it, paste the YouTube URL into the text box, choose a format and push the "Download" button.
Use Airy to download YouTube clips - by default, it produces highly-compatible MP4 files. You also have a ton of choices for quality. Basically, if you want an MP4, look for Airy. And don’t forget to choose the right setting.
Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 23.29MB size
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