3 Ways to Freely Download YouTube Videos on Mac

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3 Ways to Download YouTube Videos on Mac for Totally Free

YouTube is one of the most popular video website in the world, allowing you to watch and upload videos freely, but you can't download them freely. Many people are struggling to find out how to download YouTube videos. To address this issue, the previous articles have detailed various ways to help download YouTube videos, including official channels, free and paid programs, and tailored method for PC users. Are you looking for a way to save YouTube videos to your Mac, so you can watch it offline? Well, today’s tutorial will teach you simple ways to download YouTube videos on Mac.

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Different from other articles, this article will mainly introduce you how to download from three aspects, namely, how to download YouTube Videos on Mac with desktop software, how to download via online services and how to download with extension plugins.

1. How to Download YouTube Videos with Free Desktop Software

Downloading with third-party programs is the first method that comes to mind for most people. Indeed, it is the most commonly used method, apart from official channels. With the wide range of desktop programs currently available, it can be difficult to choose. When choosing one, you need to pay attention to whether it is safe, whether there are ads and bundled software, and whether it is compatible with Mac systems.

Syncios YouTube Video Downloader is a software that fully complies with the above criteria. It is a professional downloader that enables you to download videos and audios from YouTube at the fastest speed for free with the best quality preserved. There are no bundled programs or extra fees. Although this article focuses on how to download YouTube videos on a Mac, this does not mean that the software is only available to Mac users. It also supports the Win version.

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  • Download online YouTube videos and music for offline playing.
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  • Select video quality: 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1280p, 1440p, 4K.
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Steps to Download with Syncios YouTube Video Downloader

Step 1: Download and run the program, you can see a user-friendly and intuitive interface.

main interface

Step 2: Click on the Settings button in the top-right corner to set the output quality, output path and proxy.


Step 3: Currently, the program supports link search only, so first find the video you want to download, then copy the link and paste it into the Syncios YouTube Video downloader. Finally, lick on the magnifier button or just press Enter on your keyboard to start searching.

add video

Step 4: Click on the menu button (next to the download button) and a window will pop up allowing you to choose whether to download the video or just the audio, as well as the quality and format of the output video.

select output formats

Step 5: Once the settings are complete, click on download to start the process. During the download process, you will see a screen showing the progress. When the download is complete, you can click on Library to find the well-downloaded YouTube videos or audio on your local drive.

download history

2. How to Download YouTube Videos with Extension

This method is not mentioned in many articles, but it is very useful and simple. Addoncrop YouTube Video Downloader is one of the few free extensions that supports 4k video downloads. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, and once installed you can download videos directly from the YouTube website without any links.

Steps to Download with Addoncrop YouTube Video Downloader

Step 1 Visit Addoncrop YouTube video downloader.


Step 2 The web page will automatically detect your browser, and you will need to check if it is the same.

add extension to chrome

If it does, then click Add To Chrome, if not, then click on Other Browsers to find your browser and click Install.

other browsers

Step 3 If your browser is Google Chrome, then click Add to Chrome in the Google Play Store and allow permissions after the download and installation is complete.

download and install extension

Step 4 Re-open the YouTube website, and you will see a row of tools like this under the playback interface. Click on the camera-like icon, which is the download button, and select the definition you want to download.

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3. How to Download YouTube Videos via Online Service

In addition to downloading extensions, you can also choose online services if you don't want to download redundant software to the desktop.

AmoyShare Free YouTube Video Downloader is a professional online downloader that supports downloading YouTube videos, playlists and shorts videos. The advantage of the online service is that you can download videos from the YouTube at any time, regardless of the computer you are on, without having to download any new programs or extensions. However, one disadvantage is that the online version only supports MP4 format and the maximum resolution is 480P, so the quality will be affected. For better quality, you still need to download the program to your desktop and purchase the service.

amoy share main interface


Each of these methods has its own benefits. In general, downloading via the desktop application is faster and retains high quality. The extension allows you to download videos without copying the video link, thus maximizing the experience of downloading videos directly from YouTube. Even if you change devices, the online service allows you to access the downloads at any time, without the need to re-download them as with desktop applications and extensions. However, some online service sites do lose some quality. All three have their pros and cons, so choose the one or several that suit you best to download your favorite videos. Finally, a warm reminder that it is not easy to create a good video, so we should all respect other people's work, strictly abide by the law and do not alter or transport other people's videos without the author's permission.

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