For some time YouTube has placed barriers so that we can download videos in our mobile memory. There are no applications that allow us to do it in Google Play and the platform offers us a monthly subscription so we can download the content in the cache and see it offline. Fortunately there are alternatives beyond this application store and some of them work very well.
There are few tools to download YouTube videos but the few that there are cover all our needs. Three applications that are kept out of Google Play, are not malicious but they are a free alternative to the payment model offered by YouTube (it deserves to pay because it also includes Google Play Music) so it is normal that YouTube chases them not to do them so accessible After testing them, these are our conclusions.
Videoder, the youngest component of the trio
Videoder is the latest addition to the short cast of applications that allow you to download YouTube videos. Its creator is committed to design and simplicity. It is a very oriented tool to download the content and then consume it in other players.
Just open it will appear two tabs : one to search for videos and another with all the content that we have already downloaded. The search engine works like the one on the web, although not being embedded in the web does not always give the same results compared to YouTube.
The application allows you to download videos in different qualities or just the audio track. The user experience is very intuitive and also does not include advertising in any menu. It is not the most complete of all but offers enough download options . Keep in mind, I insist, that it is an app to store content and then play it in other applications. The Videoder itself is not a very good manager because it only shows everything in a history.
Snaptube, the most complete of the three
Snaptube has been with us for some time now and experience is his main bet. It is a complete application since it allows you to download video, audio and even manage the files that you download so that you do not have to go to another application to play it.
Its use is very simple. The first thing that will appear when we open it will be a menu with the different video platforms with which it is compatible. In the case of YouTube we click on it and we will get an embedded web browser with the mobile version of the site. In my opinion this is a success because the results are exactly the same as we get in the official app or on the desktop web.
When we enter a video we have the option as in the other applications to download music and video. If we have a mobile with QHD screen, we can download the video in 2K resolution if this version is available. At the time of accessing the downloaded content is very intuitive and having support for more video platforms is an incentive. In my opinion the most complete of the three.
A small trick: from the embedded browser of the application we can open any web and the application will be in charge of tracking all the video content that there is and will show in the list to download it.
Tubemate, with her everything started but she has aged very badly
Tubemate was one of the first applications to allow the downloading of videos on YouTube. It became a reference but its creators were abandoning development and over time has become an application that has visually aged very badly. It does everything well, but with little charm.
Like the other options we have seen, we can download videos or music as we wish. We can also configure playlists to see everything from there directly without the need for external applications. It works fine but the interface is so ugly that it backs up.
If you are going to download YouTube playlists, be careful because many versions of Tubemate are distributed on the network. The “good” ones are those that you will find cataloged in the link that you have below these lines.