You don’t always have a reliable mobile signal or even Wi-Fi, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to still view some of your favorite videos. With FoneGeek Video Downloader, you’re able to download videos from popular streaming sites to view whenever you want. I recently had the chance to test out the downloader myself to see how well it performs.
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Overview of Features
As the name implies, FoneGeek Video Downloader helps you download videos from various streaming websites. Currently, the product page states you can download from over 1,000 streaming sites, including social media. Not too bad for a single tool.
It’s designed to download clips, movies, TV shows, tutorials, and most any other type of video. Right now, there’s no info on the site regarding premium streaming services, but many of them allow you to download videos offline with a subscription anyway.
The downloader supports multiple file types, including:
And yes, you can download just the audio from videos if you want. This makes it ideal for downloading and listening to a podcast without any video involved.
Not only are multiple file types supported, but you can download most videos in their original quality. This includes HD 720p and 1080p, 4K, and 8K. Depending on the video source, you may even be able to download included subtitles.
If the site you’re using has playlists, FoneGeek Video Downloader supports batch playlist downloading. However, this is only for sites that have playlist functionality.
While FoneGeek states you can watch videos on most devices, the company does recommend using VLC Media Player if you encounter any issues playing downloaded videos.
The best part is downloading videos is a two-step process. Simply copy the link, choose your settings, and the downloader does the rest.
Clean, Intuitive Interface
The first thing I noticed about FoneGeek Video Downloader is the incredibly minimal interface. This is a good thing. You don’t have to dig through numerous menus and settings. Instead, you’re given settings when you copy a link to start downloading.
I tested out the downloader on Windows 10, so maybe it works a little better on Mac. (It’s compatible with both Windows and Mac.) But I couldn’t view the entire downloader window without moving it around. There isn’t a way to resize the window, either. The minimize button sort of works, but not all the time.
For the most part, you just have a white screen with a blue “+Paste URL” button. You can access account settings at the top right, along with a user guide, FAQs (mainly about other products), registration, and customer support options.
Testing FoneGeek Video Downloader
I admit I was excited to see how well this worked. After all, a two-step process sounds nice. However, as with most video downloaders, sometimes it really is too good to be true.
Despite stating on the website that there was support for over 1,000 sites, only a few currently work. FoneGeek is aware of the problem and is working on it.
I started my test by trying out the sites listed on FoneGeek’s site. I got Tumblr, Twitter, and DailyMotion to work. When I tried Facebook, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Vevo, Instagram, and the others, I just got endless file analyzing. A few times, I actually got an error that the file wasn’t supported. So don’t expect to download from many sites right now. The below sat for over an hour with no success.
However, it’s possible that FoneGeek will have the issue sorted out and at the very least support the dozen or so sites listed on the product page. Otherwise, it’s not nearly as useful as it could be.
But for the few sites that FoneGeek Video Downloader does work on, it does a great job. I copied a link from Twitter and pressed the blue button in the downloader. This immediately copies the link into the tool and starts analyzing it.
After a few seconds of analyzing, I got the following pop-up to choose my download options.
Once you choose the settings and press Download, your video is ready a short time later. I didn’t have any problems playing it once downloaded. If the analyzing process takes more than 10 to 15 seconds, it’s probably not going to download. I let videos from some sites sit for over an hour and nothing happened. Every successful video analyzed in less than five seconds.
Fully Functioning Free Trial
If you have a specific site in mind , FoneGeek does offer a fully functioning free trial. You’re able to download up to five videos without any watermarks. Considering most similar tools only allow you a portion of the video or include watermarks, this is a great way to test drive FoneGeek Video Downloader before buying. At the very least, you’ll see whether it currently supports the site(s) you want to use.
As a side note, as long as you don’t press “Download,” you can test to see whether a site is supported. This won’t count against your limit since you’re not downloading anything. If you want to see whether more than five different sites work, do it this way. You can still download five full videos to test the quality, though.
You don’t have to provide any payment details or even an email address. It’s completely risk-free to try.
When only three to four sites out of supposedly more than 1,000 currently work, it’s more of a targeted downloader versus a go-to video downloader for all your video needs.
The price is fairly affordable if the sites you want to use are supported. There are three plans:
- $9.95/month for a single license
- $15.95/year for a single license.
- $25.95/lifetime for a single license
Free updates are included throughout your license period. You also get free support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. I’d still recommend opting for the trial first – then you can upgrade FoneGeek Video Downloader to the full version.