VidMate – Is It Legal To Use Or Not?

If you don’t know much about Vidmate, then the short description is that it’s a video downloader for mobile devices and Windows via Android emulators. The app is top-rated due to the fact it downloads videos from online streaming platforms for later viewing.

The interface is quite pleasing and easy to use, making for quick download and browsing. The app is quite versatile as well due to the choice the user has in selecting different resolutions and formats for the downloaded videos.

Vidmate has a smart in-built feature that detects the screen size and resolution of your device and gives your formatting choices based on that. The app can connect you to a couple of dozen popular websites from which video content is available for download. These platforms include Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, and Dailymotion.

Android and Google Play Store absence of Vidmate

Installing Vidmate on Android might be a little tricky because it’s not in the Google Play Store. This is because Google owns Youtube, and the company does not like third-party apps downloading their videos. As this defeats the purpose of their ad-based platform. Android users will need to get the official AFK file and install Vidmate manually.

Vidmate via Google Chrome Plugin

Windows offers straightforward usage of the app, especially as a Chrome plugin. Which is quite amusing seeing that Google does not mind letting the service function on their web browser. But anyway, the Chrome plugin is an excellent extension to have. As it identifies all videos on any given webpages and allows for easy downloads.

Vidmate and its legality

The legality of Vidmate can be disputed, either by law or morality. It is not an easy discussion, as the app uses content that does not belong to it. But that content is actually created for the user to experience it. On the other hand, content creators have a hard time making money if the users don’t stick around on their platform and just download the video.

Vidmate is legal, but Google does not agree. They are causing the reason for the Vidmate absence from the Google Play Store. YouTube wants users to stay on their website and watch the ads. A unique, legal download feature is available from YouTube, but this comes with a monthly subscription.

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