How to download YouTube Videos

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How to download YouTube Videos

When you watch videos on youtube, you need data every time you watch the video. In the mobile application, there’s a download option that is available for most videos. But some videos do not allow downloading. However, this downloaded video can be watched through one device only, using the same app used to download it. You can’t view the downloaded videos in any other applications, such as the VLC player or any other device.

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YouTube's mobile app. This video allows to download
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YouTube mobile app. This video doesn't allow to download.

So let’s see how to download YouTube videos as video files (using any computer). So you can watch them on any device later as you watch the usual video files. There are several methods to download a YouTube file. Here we will discuss a few.

Method 1 : Adding a "ss" before the youtube.com

Usually, a youtube video has the format “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDTJUpBru7Q” in the URL (the link in the address bar of the web browser). In this format, every video URL has the “youtube.com” part in common.

youtube download ss method

Alter URL and add "SS"

In the URL ( the link in the address bar), add “ss” in front of the “youtube” part as in bellow image. So the new URL has “ssyoutube” instead of “youtube”.

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"ss" is added in front of "youtube"

Press enter to go to the new URL you built by adding “ss”: a site called “savefrom.net” will load with your desired YouTube video link already in it.

savefrom net

On this loaded page, there’s an option to select the video quality before you download it. Then select the desired quality. The video will start to play in the web browser, as in the below image.

playing video

On this loaded page, there’s an option to select the video quality before you download it. Then select the desired quality. The video will start to play in the web browser, as in the below image.

Finally, right-click on the video and use the “Save Video As” option, or press CTRL+S in your keyboard to save the video to a location in the hard drive as desired.

Method 2 : Using the "4K VideoDownloader"

Use the link “https://www.4kdownload.com” to download the “4K Video Downloader” application for computers. The setup files are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux Ubuntu.

4k video player download page

After installation, copy and paste the YouTube URL directly in the software, as illustrated in the below images.

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Copy this url

Paste the copied URL in the application using the paste button.

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Use this button to paste the copied link

The software parses the link and displays a window to select the quality of the video to download. You can choose the subtitles to download (if available), and the file saving location in this window.

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