How to Download YouTube Videos?

We are discussing how to download YouTube videos to your computer, phone, or tablet. Keep in mind that while downloading most YouTube videos isn’t illegal, it does violate Google’s terms of service if you use third-party tools.

Method
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Using Y2Mate on a Computer, Phone, or Tablet
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Go to https://www.youtube.com in a web browser. Any web browser on a computer, phone, or tablet should work for this method.

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Click the video you want to download. The video will begin playing.

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Copy the video’s URL. To do this, click or tap the web address at the top of your web browser—this highlights the address. Now, right-click (or tap-and-hold on a phone or tablet) the selected address to bring up the menu, and then click or tap Copy.

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Go to https://y2mate.com in a web browser. This free website helps you download audio and video files from YouTube.
The site is free but ad-supported. If you see pop-ups prompting you to install something, you can safely close them.
You can use this same technique on any YouTube download site. If you need help finding a trusted site, google “youtube download site,” then choose one of the links that show up highest on the Google search results page.

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Paste the copied URL. To do this, right-click (or tap-and-hold) the “Search or paste link here” bar, and then select Paste.

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Click Start. It’s the pink button next to the URL. This refreshes the page.

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Click the Download button next to the desired format. If you want to download the video, select one of the green Download links next to the desired file size and type. To download just the audio, click the Audio tab to select one of the options.
If you want a smaller file, go with a lower resolution.
The quality options vary by video. If the video is very long, you may not be able to download it in HD.

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Save the video or audio to your computer. If the download doesn’t start automatically, follow the on-screen instructions to save the file.

Method
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Using VLC Player on a Computer

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Go to https://www.youtube.com on your computer. If you have VLC Media Player on your computer, you may be able to use it to download videos from YouTube. Start by navigating to YouTube in your browser.
If you don’t have VLC Player on your computer, you can download it from https://www.videolan.org or use another method.
This method should work for most videos, but some may display a “Your input can’t be opened” error during the download.
If it refuses to play the video, that is because Youtube restricts the location of the video on the web if it contains copyrighted content. The only way to get around this is to use a download website not subject to this, such as mpgun.com, or use a computer program.

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Go to the video you want to download. You can search for the video using the “Search” bar at the top of the screen. Once you select the video, it should begin playing right away.

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Copy the video’s URL. You can do this by highlighting the URL in the address bar at the top of the browser and pressing Ctrl+C (PC) or ⌘ Command+C (Mac).

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Open VLC Player. It should be in the Start menu on Windows and in the Applications folder on macOS. It’s the icon of an orange traffic cone.
If you don’t have it already, you can download VLC for free at https://www.videolan.org. VLC is an open-source video player with a lot of beneficial features for playing all kinds of files.

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Open a new network stream. Network streams allow you to play content from your web browser in VLC. The steps are a little different for Windows and macOS:
Windows: Click Media, then click Open Network Stream…
macOS: Click File and then Open Network.

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Paste the YouTube video’s URL into the field. Click the “Please enter a network URL” text box, then press Ctrl+V (PC) or ⌘ Command+V (Mac).

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Click Play (PC) or Open (Mac). This will open the YouTube video in VLC.
If you are unable to play any YouTube videos, update to the latest version of VLC and try again.
If you are still unable to play any YouTube videos, copy the text on this web page and paste it into a new Notepad or TextEdit file. Save the file as “youtube.lua”. On Windows, navigate to “C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\playlist” in file explorer. On Mac, right-click on VLC.app in Applications and click Show Contents. Then navigate to “/MacOS/share/lua/playlist”. Delete the “youtube.luac” file and replace it with the “youtube.lua” file you saved.

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View the video’s codec information. To do so:
Windows: Click Tools, then click Codec Information.
Mac: Click Window, then click Media Information.

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Copy the “Location” field. At the bottom of the window, you’ll see a long address that you’ll need to copy. Highlight the entire address and then follow these steps to copy it:
Windows: Right-click the highlighted link and click Copy.
Mac: Right-click the text field and click Open URL.

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Paste the copied URL into your web browser and press ↵ Enter. You can skip this step if you’re using a Mac as the video should already appear in a browser. If you’re using Windows, open a new browser tab, right-click the address bar, and then click Paste.

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Right-click the video and select Save video as. This should open your computer’s “Save” dialog.

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Download the video. Right-click the video in your browser, then click Save video as in the resulting drop-down menu. The video will begin downloading onto your computer as an MP4 file with the name “videoplayback”.

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Select a location and click Save. This downloads the video to your computer. Once the file is downloaded, you can view it by double-clicking the file.

Method
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Using 4K Video Downloader on a Computer

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Download the 4K Video Downloader setup file. Go to https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader in your computer’s web browser, then click Get 4K Video Downloader on the left side of the page. The 4K Video Downloader setup file will download onto your computer.
4K Video Downloader is available on both Windows and Mac computers.

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Install 4K Video Downloader. Once the 4K Video Downloader setup file finishes downloading, you can install it by doing the following:
Windows: Double-click the setup file, click Yes when prompted, and follow the on-screen setup instructions.
Mac: Double-click the setup file, verify the installation if necessary, click and drag the 4K Video Downloader app icon onto the “Applications” folder, and follow any on-screen instructions.
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Go to https://www.youtube.com in a web browser.

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Go to the video you want to download. The video should begin playing.

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Copy the video’s address. Click the video’s address in the bar at the top of your browser’s window, then press Ctrl+A (Windows) or ⌘ Command+A (Mac) to fully select it and press Ctrl+C or ⌘ Command+C to copy it.

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Open 4K Video Downloader. If 4K Video Downloader didn’t automatically open upon finishing its installation, click its link in the Windows Start menu or your Mac’s Applications folder.

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Click Paste Link. It’s in the top-left corner of the 4K Video Downloader window. Doing so will cause the 4K Video Downloader to extract the address you copied.

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Select a video format from the “Format” menu. If you don’t see “4K” listed in the quality options for a video which you know supports 4K, changing the video format from MP4 to MKV will usually prompt the 4K option to appear.

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Select a quality. By default, the highest possible quality will be selected, but you can check the box next to a different quality (e.g., 1080p) if your computer doesn’t support the highest quality.
For example, many laptop screens don’t support 4K video, meaning that downloading a video in 4K is pointless.

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Click Download. It’s at the bottom of the window. Your video will begin downloading onto your computer.

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Open your video’s location. Once your video finishes downloading, right-click it and then click Show in Folder in the resulting drop-down menu. This will cause a File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window with your downloaded video to open, at which point you can double-click the video to play it in your computer’s default video player.
On a Mac, you can hold down Ctrl while clicking the video to prompt the right-click menu to appear.

Method
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Using KeepVid on an iPhone or iPad

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Install Documents by Readdle on your iPhone or iPad. Apple makes it sort of difficult to download files to your iPhone or iPad, so you’ll use an app called Readdle. Here’s how to get it:
Open the App Store.
Tap Search at the bottom-right corner.
Type readdle into the search bar at the top of the screen and tap Search.
Tap GET or the cloud icon next to “Documents by Readdle.” It’s the gray “D” icon with yellow and green accents.
Follow the on-screen instructions.

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Open YouTube on your iPhone or iPad. It’s the white icon with a red rectangle and white triangle inside.

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Go to the video you want to download. Tap the magnifying glass at the top of the screen to search, or tap Library at the bottom-right corner to browse videos you’ve saved. Once you get to the video, it will start playing immediately.

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Tap Share. It’s the icon with an arrow below the video’s title. Several sharing icons will appear.

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Tap Copy link. It’s the gray icon with two overlapping rectangles in the bottom row of icons. This copies the video’s link to your clipboard.

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Open the Documents app. It’s the gray “D” icon with yellow and green accents. It should now occupy the last icon position on your home screen.
Since it’s your first time using the app, tap Continue when prompted, and then proceed through the screens until you reach the screen that says “Documents” at the top.
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Tap the blue compass icon. It’s at the bottom-right corner of the “Documents” screen. This opens a web browser.

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Go to https://keepvid.pro in the browser. You can do this by typing the URL into the “Go to this address” bar at the top of the screen and then tapping Go.

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Tap the “Enter Link” field. This springs open your keyboard.

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Tap and hold the “Enter Link” field. After a second or so, the “Select All” and “Paste” options will appear.

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Tap Paste. The YouTube video link you copied will appear in the blank.

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Tap the blue Download Now button. Keepvid will locate the video and provide some download options below.

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Scroll down and tap Best Download. It’s the blue button below the video’s duration. The “Save File” screen will appear.
If you want a smaller file, you can tap the Download Other Formats button below instead and choose something else.

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Rename the file (optional) and tap Done. This downloads the video to your iPhone or iPad. Once the video is downloaded, you’ll be returned to the main Documents by Readdle screen.

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Add the Readdle folder to the Files app. If you add Readdle to your Files app it’ll be easy for you to access your downloaded videos. Here’s how:
Open the Files app (the blue folder) on your home screen. It may be buried in a folder.
Tap Browse at the bottom.
Tap Edit at the top-right corner.
Slide the “Documents” switch to the On (green) position.
Tap Done at the top-right corner.
You can now use the Files app to access the videos you download with Documents by Readdle.

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Watch the downloaded video. When you’re ready to watch your video(s), follow these steps:
Open Files.
Tap Browse.
Tap Documents.
Tap Downloads.
Tap the video to watch it.

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