Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader

Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader 4.2

This application offers a simple solution for downloading YouTube files
4.1  (34 votes)
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This application offers a simple solution for downloading YouTube files. By having your favorite videos stored on your computer, you will no longer depend on an Internet connection, which may be not very good at times and may prevent your system from playing back the files properly.

The program has an attractive and clear-cut interface that makes the downloading process easy to carry out. It seems that this utility is the free version of a more complex shareware program, since there are many options displayed on the main window that cannot be enabled. There are two modes available for downloading YouTube videos. The first one consists of copying the file’s URL and pasting it into the program, while the second one – which is even easier – implies enabling the download directly from the YouTube website. If you choose the latter, you need to look for a 'Download' button that appears near the selected video. However, you should restart your browser first and then access YouTube, otherwise the button in question won’t be visible and you may consider that the function doesn't work. Before enabling the download, you can choose the quality of the output file, which can range from the lowest 240p to the highest 4K resolution. If only the sound of a media file interests you, then you can extract and save just the audio part of the video in an MP3 format.

What's good about this program is that you can pause a downloading task and resume it later. This feature is of great help, mainly if you have enabled multiple downloading processes and you notice that they have exceeded the bandwidth threshold. In such a situation, it is advisable to stop some of the tasks and continue downloading them from where you left them at a later stage. With other similar tools you can only cancel the running processes, thus being forced to start the downloads from the very beginning. Fortunately, this isn't the case with Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader.

In conclusion, this is an application designed to download YouTube files only. Personally, when I first opened the program, I was impressed by its appearance and by the many functions the utility seemed to provide. But soon I became disappointed with the freeware limitations. I consider that it isn’t fair to display a fully-featured interface for a tool that can't perform at least half of its functions. Still, if you simply want to save video files from YouTube to your computer, then you can consider Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader a convenient choice.

Ioana Dumitrescu
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Review summary


  • Free tool
  • Easy-to-use application
  • Attractive interface
  • Can enable the download directly from YouTube
  • Pause and resume options


  • No conversion capabilities
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