When it comes to downloading video files from the Internet, I have plenty of choices of using either desktop software, web apps, browser addons or extensions. I can easily find one among those listed in the article Best Free Video Downloader.
But if I want to download YouTube videos to my Android device and expect to get a good video download app from the Play Store, I am mostly out of luck as Google disallows such apps to be hosted in its Play Store based on its terms of service. If you’re like me looking for a YouTube downloader for Android devices, you will need to walk out from the Play Store and get it from other places.
The good news is there're a plethora of such apps available either directly from developers' websites or any other third party app stores.
For example, TubeMate YouTube Downloader developed by Devian Studio is available from the sites verified by the developer.
TubeMate is a handy app that I use frequently. It's free, supported by ads but not obtrusive. With this app, you can search YouTube videos directly on your Android device, select one you like then press the green overlaying Download button, pick a resolution and a file format, TubeMate will do the rest for you.
According to VirusTotal for Android, TubeMate is clean and free from malware.
To install an Android application package (.apk) from sources other than the Play Store, you will need to enable “Unknown sources” in the settings on your devices. Upon doing so, the system in general reminds you that your device and personal data are more vulnerable to attack by apps from unknown sources. See also How to Install a Third Party App.
TubeMate YouTube Downloader — Free Mobile App of the Week
Size: 1.67 MB
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