How to Download YouTube Videos HD in 1080p, 2K, 4K, and 8K

Though YouTube Premium gives a download option for subscribers, it allows you to download YouTube videos in HD at its best. To be specific, supported download quality includes Low (144p), Medium (360p), High (720p), and Full HD (1080p). As a binge-watcher, you may wonder how to download YouTube videos HD of over 1080p.

Actually, even if the original video supports 2K, 4K, and 8K, YouTube enables people to download videos to 1080p at maximum with Premium. Therefore, I'm going to show you free and professional methods to download HD YouTube videos in 1080p and above on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone. Let's go over both feasible methods in this post.

CONTENTHow to Download High Definition YouTube Videos on Windows/MacHow to Download High Quality Videos from YouTube on Android/iPhoneComparison Between Software and Free Online YouTube Downloader HD

How to Download High Definition YouTube Videos on Windows/Mac

VideoHunter is the best software to download YouTube videos high definition in 1080p, 2K, 4K, and even 8K based on the original quality of the source video. The software is developed with revolutionary online video download technology that can easily remove restrictions on YouTube videos like DRM protection, and restricted download quality. You may want to familiarize VideoHunter with its superb features as follows.

  • High Resolution Video Quality - VideoHunter enables users to download HD YouTube videos to 4K or even 8K in MP4 as long as the original video supports such resolution options.
  • Ultra-Fast Download Service - The download process will be automatically accelerated up to 6X faster than other video downloaders. Even if you download batch videos at the same time, there is no pressure.
  • YouTube to MP3 Converter - Apart from being a YouTube to MP4 converter, VideoHunter also lets you download the audio of desired YouTube videos in MP3 format of up to 320kbps.
  • All YouTube Library Supported - VideoHunter is able to access and download all content from YouTube including playlists, channels, shorts, 360° VR videos, private videos, unlisted videos, and subtitles.
  • Over 1,000 Video Sites - What's better, it supports more than 1,000 online video streaming platforms across the planet such as YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, PornHub, Facebook, and others.

Meanwhile, VideoHunter cannot be easier to use. All you need is to offer the URL of desired YouTube videos, and then simply let this video download expert do all the work. The whole procedure takes only 3 steps to complete. Here's how.

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STEP 1. Copy the Video Link
You may take a minute to finish installing VideoHunter on your Windows or Mac. Then, launch the software from your desktop and go to YouTube. Now, open the video you want to download and click Share - Copy to copy the link to your clipboard.

STEP 2. Select Output Quality
Back to the interface of VideoHunter, and paste the link to the bar. After clicking on the Analyze button, it'll start fetching data from YouTube and display available options from 360p to 8K on the screen. You'll need to select a preferred option and hit the Download button.

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STEP 3. Check out Downloads
Now, the download task will start with a progress bar to keep you updated. VideoHunter can handle multiple downloads at once, so you can paste more video links to download at the same time. When completed, the downloads will be saved to the Finish tab.

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How to Download High Quality Videos from YouTube on Android/iPhone

If you'd like to download YouTube videos HD in 1080p to mobile devices, the most convenient way is to make use of online YouTube 1080p downloaders. In this case, you don't need to download any software, and directly download YouTube videos offline with a web browser. If you're an iPhone user, you need to install Documents by Readdle from the App Store, for Safari doesn't allow direct downloads of media files.

YouTube 4K Downloader provides users with a free online YouTube video download service to download YouTube videos high definition online. Unlike other online tools, 4K Video Downloader claims to support downloads in 4K and 8K. Moreover, it's a web-based service so that both Android and iPhone users can access the site with a web browser. Let's see how to download YouTube videos HD on Android and iPhone below.

STEP 1. Open Chrome or Firefox on your Android, while iPhone users have to use the in-built browser in the Documents app.

STEP 2. Go to visit 4K Video Downloader on the browser.

STEP 3. Open the YouTube app to search for the desired video, and then tap Share - Copy link.

STEP 4. Paste the video URL into the search bar on the online site, and hit the Download button to start processing your request.

STEP 5. When done, you'll see the options of different resolutions. Now, click the Download button behind your preferred choice and download YouTube videos in HD to your Android or iPhone.

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Comparison Between Software and Free Online YouTube Downloader HD

What are the differences between desktop software and free online YouTube downloaders? Desktop software provides a quicker, safer, and more stable download service than an online tool. However, an online HD downloader can be used on any device free of charge. To unveil the differences, let's get down to the table below.

VideoHunter Online HD YouTube Downloader
Output Video Quality 1080p, 2K, 4K, 8K Usually up to 1080p
Output Formats MP4, WebM, MP3 MP4, MP3
Download Speed 6X Faster Normal
Supported Platforms 1,000+ video sites YouTube Only
Supported Devices Windows, Mac Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android
Batch download ×
Download YouTube Shorts ×
Download YouTube Playlists ×

If you want to download YouTube videos in 1080p for free, it's totally fine to use an online full HD YouTube video downloader without downloading any software. Better yet, you can directly use it on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone.

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However, in order to download YouTube videos high definition of up to 2K, 4K, and 8K, you will need the help of a desktop program like VideoHunter, which is also available for batch downloads of YouTube Shorts, Playlists, and Channels. Moreover, its free trial enables users to download the first 3 minutes of each video, so you might as well try it out and see whether it's worth every penny.

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