There’s no lack of apps that let you download online videos and audio for Windows, Mac, Linux and other desktop platforms. Things are different when it comes to Android, but it doesn’t mean there are no options. It’s possible to easily download online videos with Keepvid for Android.
Keepvid is an app that’s available for Windows as well as for Android. The application is free and enables you to download videos and audio files from numerous websites, as well as social networks.
Keepvid for Android is not available in the Play Store. However, you can download the app’s APK file from the official website.
Before downloading the app, make sure that “Unknown sources” is enabled in your Android device’s Settings -> Security. This feature allows you to install apps from sources outside the Play Store and you won’t be able to install the APK otherwise.
After the APK download finishes, tap on the download complete notification to install Keepvid like any other app.
The main window is split into three tabs: Sites, Discover and Subscriber. Sites is the default tab and conveniently lists shortcuts to the most popular supported websites. Clicking on one will open it inside the app. Depending on the website, you might need to login with your user account to access the video you want to download.
To download the video, you have two options. You can copy the video’s URL, return to Keepvid’s Sites tab and tap the “+” button in the lower-right corner, then paste it.
Alternatively, you can browse the website and once you find a video you want to download, tap the download button in the upper-right corner to save it to your device. You may be prompted to grant permission so Keepvid can download the video.
KeepVid also includes a collection of media which you can freely explore in the Discover tab. Furthermore, you can also use the built-in search function to look for a specific video and optionally download it to your device.
The Subscribe tab allows you to access your subscriptions but you will need to login to your Google account. Once you log in, you will see them all listed and you will also have the options to download and share videos.
As you can see, it’s easy to download online videos with Keepvid for Android, and you have several ways you can do it. However, if you click on the downloader icon next to search you can also manage your downloads. It’s also possible to share any video you come across in the Discover tab or on websites opened inside the app. Sharing options include Facebook, Twitter, SMS, email, Whatsapp, Skype, copy to clipboard, and other supporting apps you may have installed on your Android.
The Keepvid app for desktop comes with some additional capabilities, video and audio conversion being the most important one. It’s true the Android app makes it super easy to download, manage, explore and share online videos but if you also need file conversion you’ll need to install the desktop version which is a paid product, but it does offer a free trial. On top of that, Keepvid Pro for Windows allows you to batch download videos and playlists, and even record your desktop or videos from online websites.
If you need just basic capabilities and you don’t want to buy the app, you should check out Keepvid’s free online tool. On the same page you will find instructions on how to download the free browser extension which lets you download videos directly from supported websites in your browser.