Internet Download Manager or commonly known as IDM is a download manager that can accelerate the download process. The tool uses the entire bandwidth of internet connection to speed up the download process but at the cost of slower internet network. In the past, IDM fully supported web-browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox. However, in its recent versions, it started integrating itself into Microsoft Edge. Today, IDM is only usable within the Microsoft Edge browser. However, most users prefer using Google Chrome and Firefox, as these are faster compared to Microsoft Edge. In this case, if you are not a Microsoft Edge user, then you can’t utilize IDM fully. With that being said, there is no need to worry, as there are still a few IDM alternative tools that you can use. Read on below to learn about these download managers and how you can use them in place of IDM.
Distinctive Feature: Auto-detection is the main feature that this tool possesses, and is not available on IDM.
First, let’s talk about AceThinker Video Keeper. Like IDM, it can download videos within a short amount of time. However, Video Keeper has a “Detect” feature that is not available on IDM. This feature lets you use its built-in browser to stream videos and automatically add them to the download queue. Video Keeper supports more than 150 websites, including social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Video Keeper supports videos in various resolutions like 240p, 720p. HD videos like 1080p and even 4K resolution when it’s available are also downloadable using the tool. Overall, we can say that Video Keeper is better compared to IDM in-terms of speed and efficiency.
Step1 Install Video Keeper on Desktop
Download the installer of Video Keeper by clicking one of the download buttons above. Once done, run the installer on your computer, and then the setup wizard will appear. Follow the instructions provided by the wizard to install the tool properly. The main interface will appear a few seconds after installation.
Step2 Download the Video
To download a video, you can open your preferred web browser. After that, copy the link of any video that you want. Switch back to the tool, and from the main interface, click the “Paste URL” button. Video Keeper will then fetch the video from the website using the URL that you copied, and it will appear on the download queue.
Tip: If you want a hassle-free way to download videos, you can utilize the “Detect” option. All you need to do is click the “Detect” tab. Use the built-in browser to go to the website where you want to download a video. Next, click the “Enable Detector” button and then stream the video that you want. It will then be added to the download queue.
Step3 Watch the Downloaded Video
Switch back to the “Download” tab and then wait for the download process to finish. After that, the video will be transferred to the “Completed” panel. From there, you will be able to watch the video or open its file location.
Distinctive Feature: You can download videos that are posted on social media.
Aside from desktop downloaders, you can also make use of Google Chrome extensions. There is a specific video downloader extension called Video Downloader and MP3 Converter Pro. This lightweight downloader can save your videos more efficiently than IDM because it can download videos from social media websites. This means that any video within a website, regardless if it’s a video sharing or social media website, will be available for download. This extension can download videos in its original resolution and provides other video quality as well. In general, the tool supports videos from 240p to 1080p, respectively. Aside from the usual download option, you can also convert the video and download it as an MP3 file. The converter feature even lets you trim down unwanted parts of the video before exporting it in an MP3 format. Above all, this is a free IDM alternative, which makes things even better.
Distinctive Feature: You don’t need to download an installer to use this tool.
An online video downloading service called SaveFrom.net has gained popularity recently. SaveFrom.net provides an easy and ready-to-use IDM alternative solution because it supports more than 30 websites. YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and Break are some of the websites that SaveFrom.net supports. The site is free to use, but can only process one link at a time. This means that downloading multiple videos is not possible. However, you are given different resolutions that you can choose before you download the video. Resolutions vary per video, and you can download in 720p as the highest resolution supported by the tool. On the other hand, 1080p resolution is available but without audio. On the other hand, the fact that the tool can process videos from different websites is a significant advantage.
Distinctive Feature: You can download videos directly on your Android phone.
Vidmate is an Android app that you can compare to IDM in-terms of video downloading speed. However, this app doesn’t consume too much bandwidth while downloading. You can still use your smartphone for other functions like social media browsing and other online apps. Vidmate supports downloading videos as audio files in M4A and MP3 formats. Apart from that, you can save the video in different qualities like 240p, 720p, and in 1080 HD-quality. In general, you can download videos and MP3 files for free, without restrictions, unlike on IDM that needs to be purchased.