Top Four Google Chrome Extensions to Download & Save YouTube Videos

Posted by Matthew on September 8, 2018

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YouTube has been around since 2005, more than a decade, and in that time, it’s come to completely dominate the online video world. The word YouTube itself has become synonymous with entertainment for millions of kids, teens, and adults around the world, and the site has more than a billion (with a “b”) active users every month. From Let’s Plays to makeup tutorials, prank videos to vlogs, there’s something on YouTube for everyone to watch—that’s what makes the service so attractive to its users. With 300 hours of videos uploaded every minute and five billion videos watched on YouTube per day, it’s no surprise that users absolutely love watching their favorite content makers create interesting content and ideas.

One problem that some users have with the service is that watching YouTube videos within Chrome is easy, but doing anything else with those videos can be hard. There are a ton of reasons to want to save and download videos to your own computer for future use. Some users like to take their videos on the go, for when they’re out of range of cellular connections or WiFi hotspots. Other users like to use content from other videos to make remixes, reviews, and other new content of their own. But no matter the reason, YouTube and its owner Google don’t make it easy to take videos offline. The only legitimate way to download YouTube videos for online consumption is to sign up for a YouTube Red account, but at $9.99 a month, most users have better things to do with that money, particularly since a YouTube Red account doesn’t allow you to use those videos in any creative way outside your own mobile device. There are a number of shady websites that promise to let you take your YouTube videos offline, but they can often be riddled with ads and malware.

However, if you use the Chrome web browser, there are number of extensions and plug-ins that can make your YouTube offline experience a little bit better than it is right now. While the Chrome Web Store is filled with useful utilities designed to make your browsing experience a little better, we’ve found four of the best Chrome extensions for letting you download YouTube videos without having to jump through any prominent hoops or hassles. These extensions are guaranteed to work and work well, and we’ll make sure to keep our eye on this list every few month to make sure all four plugins are still reliable. If one of our recommendations isn’t working, let us know in the comments below. YouTube and Google are constantly working towards rendering these apps inoperable, so don’t be surprised if one fails to work unexpectedly following a major YouTube upgrade. Without further ado, these are our four recommendations for downloading and saving YouTube videos through Google Chrome extensions.

3 thoughts on “Top Four Google Chrome Extensions to Download & Save YouTube Videos”

Charlotte Frazier says:
I have tried to save YouTube video through some online downloaders before. But there are really too many advertisements and pop-ups when i download onlin. Both work well!
mark says:
The link for the 3rd program ‘Youtube Video Downloader’ isn’t the correct one. It takes you to the download for Youtube-DL. Can anyone provide a link for that program ‘Youtube Video Downloader’?
William Sattelberg says:
Hey Mark! All four links should now be correct. Thanks!
benimadimben says:
Thanks, useful article. Note that KeepVid now only allows *two* video downloads before you’re forced to by the Full Version at $29.95 a year / $39.95 for life.

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