How to Download the YouTube Desktop App on PC (Windows&Mac)

How to install and run a YouTube app on your computer? No tricky methods, you can just follow the steps listed in this post, and then you can get YouTube running on the desktop easily.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 30, 2021

YouTube is the largest video streaming platform that has 163.75 million active monthly users. It is available on both iOS and Android devices and anyone can use it through a web browser.

Even 16 years has gone since its initial launch, the desktop versions of YouTube is still not available.  However, there is a way to install the Android APK file of the YouTube app to a computer, although this method includes using an emulator.

Most emulators are easy to use and the process of installing any app through them is straightforward. And it takes just a few moments. Let’s take a look at what you need to do in order to install YouTube on a computer.

How to Download YouTube App to PC

Despite the fact that you can find the YouTube app on the Microsoft Store, you can only install it on the Xbox. Furthermore, options like YouTube Music Desktop don’t give you access to all the videos hosted on this platform.

Installing the Android version of YouTube on a PC is your only option if you want to have access to this app from the computer’s desktop. However, you will need an emulator in order to be able to do that. An emulator is a software that allows the system of the host’s computer to act like the OS of the guest device. An Android emulator simulates the Android environment on a PC which grants you access to almost all capabilities of an Android phone.

They are commonly used for app testing, but more importantly, they enable their users to search for apps on the Google Play Store and install them on a computer. There are plenty of Android emulators to choose from as options like Nox App Player, MEMU Play or Bluestacks can all be used to install the YouTube app on your computer. Once you installed an Android emulator on your computer, you can transfer the APK file from Android to the computer and run the App on the computer.

Let’s check out how to transfer the APK file from Android to the computer. You can install AnyDroid on your computer. AnyDroid is one of the best APK file transfer tools around which also supports manage Android data with ease.

Step 1. Run AnyDroid on your computer. You need to connect your Android to the computer as well.

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Step 2. Click on the Device Manager on the left panel. You will see there are 3 options on the right. Choose the Content to Computer.

Choose Content to Computer

Choose Content to Computer

Step 3. Choose the APK Files and tap on Next to go on.

Click on APK Files and Tap on Next

Click on APK Files and Tap on Next

Step 4. Once AnyDroid completed the transfer, you can click on the View files to see all the APK files. Now you can click on the YouTube APK file to start to run on the computer (The Android emulator should run on the computer already.)

Transfer Completed on AnyDroid

Transfer Completed on AnyDroid

How to Download YouTube App to Mac

Although emulators can be compatible with macOS, it may be difficult to install the YouTube app through them. In addition, if your Mac has an Intel processor you won’t be able to install the YouTube app on it.

In case your Mac runs on M1 you are lucky, as all you need to do is download the IPA file to the hard drive and unpack the archive to install YouTube. This process can be overwhelming for anyone who doesn’t consider themselves to be tech-savvy. M1 supports the newest Mac running apps which works on iPhone iPad iPod. However, some apps haven’t already been updated to date. That’s why you can’t find out the app right now.

How to figure out if the app is already available for M1 Mac? If not, how can you transfer a workable IPA file to the mac? Keep on reading and figure them out.

M1 app Checker would be the best for M1 Mac users to check whether the app is available. It gives 2 options to check apps. You can check on its web to figure out if the app is available. Also, you can download M1 Checker to your mac. Let’s take YouTube as an example.

Here are the steps to check out if the app supports running on M1 Mac. First of all, free download M1 Checker on your Mac and launch it.

Step 1. Check the App on the M1 App Checker.

Tap on iPhone App on the left. Input the app you want to search (YouTube) into the search bar, and go on tap on the search button.

Search the App Under iMobie M1 App Checker (Desktop)

Search the App Under iMobie M1 App Checker (Desktop)

Step 2. Download the app.

Now you will see there are lots of YouTube-related apps listed. Choose the one you need and click on the Download button and download the app. Once you click on the download button, you will be asked to log into your iCloud account. Then the downloading bar will appear in the App Library.

Download the YouTube Apps

Download the YouTube Apps

Step 3. Transfer the app to Mac.

Follow the instructions on the screen of the M1 App Checker. Once the app downloaded successfully, it will be stored in the App Library. You have to click on the Transfer icon to store the app file to your M1 Mac.

Transfer the App to the M1 Mac

Transfer the App to the M1 Mac

Now you can find out the app file and just double click on the app, it will start to run on your M1 Mac. M1 App Checker doesn’t limit the number of apps you can download so you can download several different versions of YouTube.

Conclusion

YouTube is the world’s favorite video hosting platform that offers its users access to billions of videos. However, installing the YouTube app on a desktop computer is still a relatively complicated task that involves using third-party apps. AnyDroid is your best bet if you would like to transfer YouTube APK files on Windows.  Also, M1 App Checker would be the best choice if you love to install and check apps on Mac.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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