YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)

YouTube videos (Downloading Youtube Videos)

YouTube videos (Downloading Youtube Videos)How to Download YouTube Videos

In this article, you will know 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 so be very careful and always seek for usage right while downloading.

Step 1: Using Y2Mate on a Phone, Tablet, or Computer,

  1. Go to https://www.youtube.com in a web browser. Any web browser on a computer, phone, or tablet should work for this method.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • Click the video you want to download. The video will begin playing.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • Go to https://y2mate.com in a web browser. This free website helps you download audio and video files from YouTube.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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.

5. 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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YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)

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

7 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.

YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)

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.

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

Step 2 Using VLC Player on a Computer

  1. 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.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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).
  • 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.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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.
  • 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.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • View the video’s codec information. To do so:
    • Windows: Click Tools, then click Codec Information.
    • Mac: Click Window, then click Media Information.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • Right-click the video and select Save video as. This should open your computer’s “Save” dialog.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)
  • 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”.
  • 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.
YouTube videos (Downloading YouTube Videos)

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