Note: OnlineVideoConverter.com, the website that originally made downloading YouTube videos possible has shut down. Here’s an explanation as to why. Nevertheless, there are still other free websites that let you do just that.
You have an iPhone. You found a splendid video on YouTube. It really connects to you whenever you watch it. But you are annoyed because every time in a day that you need to stream that video, YouTube spends some time buffering it, preparing the video for you.
It’s not annoying when YouTube does that once. Or twice. But when you intend to watch the video several times a day, even seconds of delay can tick you off. Then, you decide to perform a daring task. You decide to download the video locally for offline viewing.
After doing everything that is required to download a YouTube video locally, you realize Safari doesn’t approve downloading unauthorized files. These are files that Apple doesn’t want in its ecosystem due to security reasons. They include videos from unsupported formats, files that can potentially alter the filesystem, and those that can introduce malware. A YouTube video converted and downloaded from a sketchy website is one such file.
But you won’t have to worry about this anymore. Why? Because Apple now allows you to install files from all over the internet using Safari on iOS 13. It now contains a brand new downloads manager that allows file downloads in an interface that looks similar to that of Safari on a Mac. This means YouTube videos are also supported.
Note: Those who are unaware of the fact that you can download YouTube videos locally, note that YouTube itself does not offer them to download. Instead, they can be downloaded from websites and apps that offer this service.
How to download a YouTube video from Safari itself
Open YouTube and copy the link for the video that you want to download.