EaseUS MobiMover

All-in-One iOS Content Manager & Free Video/Audio Downloader

  • An iOS data transfer tool to transfer files to or from iPhone/iPad
  • An iPhone manager to manage files on iPhone/iPad from a computer
  • A free video downloader to download online videos to a computer or iPhone/iPad

How to Watch YouTube Videos Offline on PC, Mac, or Laptop

Four easy ways for you to download YouTube videos to watch offline.

How to Watch YouTube Videos Offline on PC

It's quite convenient to watch online videos on YouTube. You can either go to YouTube.com on a computer or open the YouTube app on your mobile device. However, it's not equally simple to watch YouTube videos offline.

As you may know, YouTube doesn't provide an official way to allow its users to download videos from the website. The only legal and official way to save YouTube videos to your own device is to buy YouTube Premium, which is limited to mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and tablet).

Then how can you save a YouTube video to your computer for offline viewing? The answer is: If you are looking to watch YouTube videos offline on a PC or Mac, you will need to use third-party services or tools to download YouTube videos to your computer. Afterward, you will be able to enjoy the videos without an Internet connection.

How to Watch YouTube Offline in 4 Ways

Whether you want to save offline YouTube videos in a laptop, PC, or Mac, you can use the methods detailed below to download YouTube videos to your computer.

Method 1. Save YouTube Videos for Offline Watching with Free YouTube Downloader

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Generally, a desktop video downloader will help you download videos from YouTube and many other sites, like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Dailymotion, and more. The free video downloader for PC - EaseUS MobiMover is such a tool.

EaseUS MobiMover is a free video & audio downloader as well as an iOS content manager. That means it works well to:

  • Save videos from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other sites to your PC, Mac, laptop, and iPhone/iPad.
  • Download music from SoundCloud, MySpace, and more to a computer or iPhone/iPad.
  • Transfer data to or from an iDevice.

With the help of this tool, you can watch YouTube videos offline not only on your PC, Mac, or laptop but also on your iPhone or iPad, because it also allows you to download YouTube videos to iPhone or iPad directly.

To save a YouTube video to your computer for offline viewing:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer, run EaseUS MobiMover, and go to "Video Downloader". Choose your iPhone as the target device to save downloaded YouTube videos.

How to download YouTube videos to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2. Copy the URL of the YouTube video, paste it into the bar, and then tap the "Download" button. 

How to download YouTube videos to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. Then MobiMover will quickly analyze the URL and download the YouTube video to your iPhone. When it has finished, you can find the video in TV > Library > Movies on your device.

How to download YouTube videos to iPhone - Step 3

After downloading YouTube videos to your PC, you can watch the video without an Internet connection, edit the video, or transfer videos from PC to iPhone if you need to.

Method 2. Watch YouTube Videos Offline on PC or Mac with Browser Extension

Using desktop software to save a YouTube video to computer needs the URL of the video. But if you use a browser extension, all you need to do is click the "Download" button.

After you add the YouTube video downloader extension to your browser, e.g, Chrome, you will see there is a "Download" option on the page when you play the video. Therefore, you can download videos in YouTube without copying the URL.

There are many such extensions available in the Chrome web store. Here I'd like to take one of them to show you how it works to download videos from YouTube.

Step 1. Go to https://addoncrop.com/youtube-video-downloader/ to install the YouTube downloader to your browser.

Step 2. Restart your browser and visit YouTube.com.

Step 3. Find the video you want to download for offline viewing and click to play the video.

Step 4. Now you should see a download option under the video. If it doesn't appear, click the extension icon in the menu bar.

Step 5. Click the "Download" icon to start downloading the video to your computer directly or click the "More" option and choose the quality you prefer to save the video to your computer.

How to watch YouTube videos offline on PC

Method 3. Download YouTube Videos to Watch Offline on PC or Mac with Online Tools

How to watch YouTube videos offline on PC without downloading any tool? If that's what you are thinking about, you may prefer to use an online YouTube video downloader. Online tools allow you to save a YouTube video to your PC, Mac, or laptop with a browser, which is quite convenient.

The drawbacks of online tools are also obvious. When you use an online tool, you may be bothered by annoying ads, redirections, and download failures. Given that, you should be careful while choosing an online video downloader to apply.

Here I'd like to take one of them as the example:

Step 1. Find and click the video you want to download in YouTube.

Step 2. Copy the URL of the video.

Step 3. Go to visit the online video downloader

Step 4. Paste the URL of the YouTube video to the address bar.

Step 5. Click "Download". Here you will be redirected to another page. Close that page and go back to the video downloader.

Step 6. Choose to download the video with or without sound and select the video quality you prefer to start downloading YouTube videos to your computer.

Step 7. When the downloading process completes, the downloaded video file will be saved in the "Downloads" folder. Go to check and watch it as you like to.

How to save YouTube videos to computer for offline viewing

Method 4. Save a YouTube Video to Desktop or Laptop by Changing URL

The three ways above are the commonest ones to download videos from YouTube or other websites. Actually, there is one more simple and practical method to save YouTube videos to your computer for offline watching, which is to change the video URL.

There are many ways to download YouTube videos by changing the URL. Let's see how to trick "change YouTube to youpak" works.

To save a YouTube video to PC for offline watching:

Step 1. On YouTube, find and play the video you want to download.

Step 2. Go to the address bar and change "youtube" in the link to "youpak".

Step 3. In the new page, click "Click here to Download this video" above the video.

Step 4. Now you could see different download options provided by the website.

Step 5. Click the download option you prefer to start saving the YouTube video to your computer.

How to watch YouTube offline on PC

If You Cannot Download Videos from YouTube...

There are many reasons why you can't download a video from YouTube:

  • The video may be private and infer copyright issues.
  • The video downloader fails to analyze the video address.
  • The video downloader is currently unavailable in your region (especially for some online tools).

When you encounter such a problem, you can try all the tips to take a chance. If you still can't download the video, I'm afraid that you need to switch to another video to have a try.

The Bottom Line

It's quite easy to watch YouTube videos offline on PC, Mac, or laptop as long as you ask help from reliable video downloader tools. Some of the tools also enable you to convert YouTube videos to MP3 and provide different video formats for you to choose from. Choose the one that fits your needs most to get the video you like within minutes.