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Home > Tips > 5 Free Ways to Download YouTube Videos in 1080P & Higher

5 Free Ways to Download YouTube Videos in 1080P & Higher

Not only want to download YouTube videos, but want to save them in HD quality such as 1080p? This guide will show you 5 ways to download YouTube videos in 1080p.

Updated Sep 26,2019 | by Thea

Over the years, due to YouTube’s restrictions that make it’s a little bit difficult to get YouTube videos to download, which brings lots of app, online tool and methods to try to bypass it. But, some of them were stroked down quickly. It’s not easy to download YouTube videos, let alone to download YouTube videos 1080p or 4k and 8k.  

Fortunately, this article is going to show you 5 ways that can help you successfully download 1080pYouTube videos. We’ve tested them and really works, now share with you. No matter what operating system you use, you can get a workable way from this guide to download YouTube video 1080p online, and even 2k, 4K or 8K, if available.

Although all of the methods we’re going to talk about are works well for downloading 1080p YouTube videos, one thing to remind you is that some of them are totally free, some of them are charged. Well, each has its advantages and disadvantages. You can try them out by yourself.

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1 Using a Free Online YouTube Video Downloader

It is a free online tool to help you download YouTube video 1080p online. The process is simple, now, check them out.

Step 1 Go to the page of this online YouTube video downloader.

Step 2 Paste the URL and click the Download button. Select 1080p then the download process will get started.

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Step 3 After loading to 100%, you’ll see another download icon. Don’t click directly, just right click and select Inspect.

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Step 4 Then you’ll come to this display. Find and click the download link. It will download the 1080p video in MP4 format.

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2 Using Download YouTube Shortcut [iOS Only]

Some iPhone users may know the shortcut feature since iOS 12, if you don’t know exactly what it is, don’t worry. This method will show you how to get 1080p YouTube videos with your iPhone directly. But notice that, this method only works for iOS running on iOS 12 and later. Now, let’s see how to make it.

Step 1 On your iPhone or iPad, add the Download YouTube shortcut.

Step 2 Play the video you want to download and access to the share sheet.

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Step 3 Find and tap "Shortcuts" (If you don't see the option, tap "More"). Then enable Shortcuts from the list.

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Step 4 Tap "Download YouTube" from the Run Shortcut screen to begin the download process.

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Once you do, you'll see the shortcut in action, mostly as it "Get[s] Contents of URL" (more on this later). Once finished, you'll have the option to either "Share" it or "Save to photo album."

Step 5 Tap “Save to photo album”.

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After that, you can access to your Photos app and go to either the "Camera Roll" or "Videos" album. You'll find the YouTube video there. Now, you can view and enjoy your downloaded 1080p YouTube videos at any time.

3 Using Firefox browser

You may probably know that YouTube saves audio and video separately for high-quality videos like 1080P, 2K, and 4K, etc. So, you can try to download the audio and video separately, and then combine them manually. But this method has 2 restrictions for downloading 1080p YouTube videos:

  1. You need a Firefox browser

  2. Your computer screen is or higher than 1080p.

Step 1 Open Firefox browser and find the 1080p YouTube video you want to download.

Step 2 Right-click and select Inspect Element.

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Step 3 Click on Network and then select Media. Then you’ll see only the HTTP requests made to media files, like audio and video files. To download the video, find a link with "video/mp4" content type. Copy and paste the URL in a new address bar.

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Step 4 Remove the range parameter in the query string and press Enter.

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Step 5 When the video or audio loaded, right-click and select "Save As" to download the private YouTube video. And then use the same method to download the audio to your computer.

Step 6 Using video and audio combine tool (like Camtasia) to merge them together, then you’ll get your complete 1080p YouTube video.


To combine the audio and video, you need some tools, Camtasia is one of them but it is a charged tool. Fortunately, it offers you a one-month free trial. There are other free tools to make it such as FileConverto.

4 Using Airy – A Professional YouTube Video Downloader

Note: This YouTube video downloader is charged but allows you to use its all features within 24 hours without limit.

Step 1 Download and install Airy software on your computer, both supports for PC and Mac.

Step 2 Run Airy on your Mac or PC.

Step 3 Paste the YouTube video’s URL, confirm the download info.

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Step 4 You’ll be asked to choose where to save the downloaded videos. Select the destination and click the Download button.

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After that, it will start to download YouTube videos in 1080p. The download process may take several minutes that is based on the size of the video.

Step 5 Open the destination folder you selected and you can see the 1080p YouTube video already be saved there.

5 Using an Unblocked YouTube Video Downloader

The last way to download YouTube videos is by using an unblocked YouTube video downloader. With this free online YouTube video downloader, you can automatically download videos in HD quality. Besides, it also can help you convert YouTube videos up to 12 different formats like MP4, FLV, MKV, MP3, etc. Not only enables you to save videos to your computer easily, but also allows you to save downloaded videos to your iPhone iPad directly. But to make that, you need to switch from the online downloader to its all-in-one desktop application - IOTransfer, which built-in with this unblocked YouTube video downloader and more useful tools such as iOS transfer, phone cleaner, Instagram downloader, iCloud photo manager, etc.

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The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to download YouTube videos 1080p with 5 methods introduced above. Each method is feasible and you can choose the one suits your needs best. For online tool, you can try out Way 1 and Way 5; for mobile (only iOS), Way 2 is recommended; for video downloading and converting at the same time, and save downloaded YouTube videos to iPhone iPad directly, IOTransfer is the best.

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