How to Download and Save YouTube Videos

There are billions of videos on YouTube. While you can view them all online, you may want to save a few on your computer to use later or for a personal project.

Whereas YouTube Premium has a pseudo download feature that allows you to download videos to your phone and watch them offline. YouTube’s regular website now offers download features for premium users as well. One caveat is that you must watch that video within YouTube.

Instead, if you want to save a YouTube video to your computer or phone, you’ll need to use a third-party service, which can be found in dozens of programs. Let’s see some of them.

But keep in mind that many YouTube videos are copyrighted, which means downloading them without paying the creator is illegal. Check if downloading something is legal before doing so. Also, don’t use anything you’ve downloaded to make money or to infringe on someone else’s copyright.

Using VLC

Find the video you want to download from YouTube and copy its URL.

Open VLC. If you’re on a PC, click “Media” at the top of the screen and then “Open Network Stream.” If you’re on a Mac, click “File” at the top and then “Open Network.”

Paste the URL of the YouTube video into the field. Click the “Enter a network URL” text box and then press Ctrl + V (PC) or Command + V (Mac).

In the menu that appears, paste the URL of the YouTube video you want and then click “Play” or “Open” at the bottom.

The YouTube video you want will start to play. A longer YouTube video will take longer to open.

If you are on a Windows PC, click on “Tools” at the top of the screen and then on “Media Information.” If you’re on a Mac, click “Window” and then “Media Information.”

A “Location” bar will appear at the bottom of the “Media Information” menu. Select the URL in this bar by double clicking on it and then copy it.

Go back to your web browser and paste that link into your URL bar at the top of the screen, then go to it.

You will be taken to a page where only the video is played. Click on the three stacked dots on the right side and then click “Download.”

The video will download as an MP4 file to your computer. You can give it whatever name you want and move it.

Using Saveform.net

Go to the Saveform.net website

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Find and paste the URL of the video into the input field

Click the green “Download” button to save it, or choose the format you want (MP3, MP4, WEBM, 3GP).

Then click the gray arrow to the right of the Download button to choose the preferred format.

Now you can enjoy the videos and playlists offline! It works in Chrome, Firefox or any other browser.

Alternatively you can also put ss before any video urls

Use third party apps

Apps like SnapTube can help you download YouTube videos

Download the apk file and install it on your Android device

Open the app and go to the video of your choice and select the download option.

Select your preferred format and resolution and download.

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