How to watch youtube videos offline on Mac

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YouTube has a truly impressive content offering. There are up to 300 hours of new videos uploaded to YouTube each minute. How could you possibly hope to find the time to watch everything that interests you?

You typically need an internet connection to watch videos on YouTube, but with some preparation you’ll be able to watch YouTube videos offline. Well, not really, but what you can do is download YouTube videos on to your mac to watch them whenever you want and watch even more YouTube content. Our guide will show you how to watch YouTube videos offline through YouTube itself and third-party apps.

Best apps to watch YouTube videos offline

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1. Airy
Requirements: OS X 10.9+. 19.86MB free space. Version 3.12.252. (24th Jan, 2020). 4.9 Rank based on 812+ users, Reviews(889)
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Airy for Mac is a versatile piece of software that allows you to download YouTube videos on to your Mac and watch them offline. It comes with a crisp and clean user interface that Mac users are sure to love. The functionality of the app is just as minimalistic. There are only a few options, but that’s all you really need isn’t it?

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Start out by downloading the application and installing it. From here you’ll be able to download and watch YouTube videos offline on your Mac. Open the app up from the Launchpad and copy and paste the URL of your YouTube video into the app and click the download button. You’ll be asked which format and resolution the video should be downloaded in. Choose the right settings for you depending on the device you’re watching videos on; you want to use a low resolution for a mobile device and a larger resolution for a larger screen for example. As well as supporting MP4, Airy fully supports FLV (Flash Video), 3GP, and MP3 downloads.

Airy has the power to download several videos at once, but keep in mind that the download speed might be affected by your connection. Airy can be used either as a standalone app or as a browser plugin, depending on what you would prefer.

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Replay Media Catcher is a great and powerful application for downloading online videos from just about any website. You’re able to choose the download format and resolution as well. On top of this, it has options to optimize the downloaded videos for playback on a certain device such as a smartphone, tablet, gaming system, or desktop.

Total Video Downloader is an app by eTinySoft that was developed specifically for downloading online videos. This is the only thing that the app is designed for, making it one of the simplest YouTube to MP4 converters on the market. It’s a great way to watch YouTube videos offline.

The app looks like a web browser of its own and it comes with shortcuts to the most popular video sharing sites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo. Just open up one of these websites, find the video that you want, and click on the download button. You’ll then have to confirm the action to start the download itself.

This YouTube to MP4 converter works as great as it looks. It’s become known for its stability and the quality of the videos it converts. The only downside is that it may take a little time to learn how to use it properly. Xilisoft allows users to download more than one video at once, pause, restart, and cancel downloads. Keep in mind that Xilisoft will require you to choose the output file format before starting the download.

5. Jaksta


Jaksta is a compact piece of software that is able to automatically save a YouTube video to your hard drive as you browse the internet. The only thing you have to do is choose the output format for the downloaded videos. If you were to browse YouTube for example then the app would notify you that a video has been added to the download queue. The app also gives you a notification upon the completion of the conversion process.

Jaksta can – and will – do a lot without any input from you. Some users might appreciate this, but others can find it annoying.

Requirements: OS X 10.9+ , 19.86MB size
Version 3.12.252 (24th Jan, 2020) Release notes
Category: UtilitiesApplication