How often do you use YouTube? If you’re anything like the majority of people online, you will at least have heard of the video sharing website YouTube. The site itself has grown hugely over the past years, with numbers of video views increasing astronomically. The site is so popular that it is not uncommon to find videos with upwards of a million views, highlighting just how much people are becoming obsessed with online video.
But this is the one downside to YouTube – the fact that you do in fact have to be online to use it. And with increasing number of adverts on the site, it can sometimes be incredibly frustrating when trying to watch a video, only to be bombarded with ads – something which would not have happened only a few years ago.
How a YouTube downloader can help
It is for this reason that a lot more people are turning to a YouTube downloader. This is a clever piece of software that simply allows you to download a video straight off of YouTube and onto your computer – meaning you will not have to connect online the next time you want to view it.
A lot of people will disagree here however, feeling that you do not need to download a video in order to view it wherever you want. And this is true, but only to some extent.
Smartphones are ever increasing in their capability, and it is common practice nowadays to be able to view a video on YouTube through your phone, eliminating the need to have the video downloaded on your phone. But what a lot of people don’t realise is the amount of data that streaming a video uses – simply watching a single video on YouTube through your mobile phone can use many megabytes of data, and this can become incredibly expensive for many users.
Even if you have an ‘unlimited’ data plan, this may sometimes only be 1 GB of data per month, meaning that if you are an avid fan of YouTube then you may start incurring extra costs. But this is where a YouTube downloader can potentially save you money.
If you want to be able to access a video anywhere, truly anywhere, then you will need to be able to access it offline. Even if you have an amazing data plan, that cannot cover for the times when you have no signal, and as such, being able to access it offline will be invaluable to you.
By simply installing a YouTube downloader – as either separate software or as an in-browser extension – you can download videos straight from YouTube, or simply download the audio if there is a certain song that you want to be able to access anywhere.
Doing this will mean that you can truly watch videos on the move, even if you are on the underground and have no signal on your phone. This will also allow you to avoid adverts – ads are being introduced onto mobiles as well, which can also eat away at your data plan, when you don’t even want to watch them!
A YouTube downloader can save you a lot though. It is incredibly easy to use and will start to make your life that bit easier. Just a few simple clicks and the video is right there on your computer or mobile, and you can disconnect from the internet and watch it as much as you want.
Obviously, however, you should still watch out for copyright. The main reason YouTube doesn’t allow you to directly download videos is out of fear of downloading copyrighted material, but if you want to download a video that is your own or a friend’s, say a video of a wedding or a birthday party, then a YouTube downloader can be really useful to you, and will allow you to watch what you want, whenever you want. You could even share the video with others.