How to download YouTube videos on computer or mobile

How to download YouTube videos on computer or mobile

  • You can download YouTube videos on your computer using VLC media player.
  • You can also use WinX YouTube Downloader on PC or MacX YouTube Downloader on Mac.
  • To download YouTube videos on the mobile app, simply tap “Download” on the selected video.

YouTube has billions of videos available for streaming, but sometimes you might want to download some of them for offline viewing.

However, there is no download button that allows you to save them to your computer. This is strange, considering that the YouTube mobile app allows you to download videos on your smartphone and watch them offline.

Fortunately, you can use third-party services – of which there are dozens – to download videos from YouTube.

Here are the two ways to download YouTube videos on your computer.

How to Download YouTube Videos Using VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a free app that lets you watch videos or play music from your Mac or PC. There is a chance that you already have it installed on your computer.

And although it will take a few minutes, you can use it to download any YouTube video.

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

2. Open VLC. If you are on a PC, click Media in the top menu, and then Open Network Stream. If you’re using a Mac, click File in the top menu, and then Open network.

3. In the pop-up window that appears, select Network tab and paste the YouTube video’s URL into the text box at the top, then click Play or Open on the bottom.

Paste the YouTube video’s URL into the text box in the “Network” tab.

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4. After a moment, the YouTube video will start playing. A longer YouTube video will take longer to open.

5. If you are on a PC, click Tool in the top menu, and then Media information. If you’re using a Mac, click Window in the top menu, and then Media information.

6. IN Media information” pop-up, there will be one placement text box at the bottom. Double-click the URL in this text box to select it and copy it.

The pop-up window

Copy the URL into the “Location” text box at the bottom.

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7. Return to your browser and paste the link into the URL text box at the top of the screen, then tap enter key on a PC or Return key on a Mac.

8. You will be taken to a page with just the video playing. click on three vertical dots at the bottom right, and then click download.

A Google Chrome window with a video playing.  The three vertical dots in the lower right corner of the video have been clicked, revealing

Download the video in your browser.

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The video is downloaded to your computer as an .MP4 file. You can name it or move it wherever you want.

How to download YouTube videos using WinX or MacX YouTube Downloader

WinX and MacX are a whole suite of programs, each designed to download videos from different sources. WinX and MacX YouTube Downloaders, as their names suggest, are meant for downloading YouTube videos.

1. Go to the WinX website and download the program. If you’re using a Mac, go to the MacX download page instead.

2. Once the program is installed, open it and click Add URL in the top left corner.

MacX YouTube Downloader, with

Click “Add URL” at the top left.

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3. Paste the link to the YouTube video in the text box at the top and then click Analyze right.

4. The app will check the video to see how high quality it is. When you’re done, you’ll be offered a variety of file types to download it into.

5. Select the version of the video you want and then click Download selected videos or Finished bottom right.

MacX YouTube Downloader, with

Select the quality of the YouTube video you want to download.

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6. Click on the next page Download now.

Your videos are downloaded in the format you requested and stored on your computer Videos or Movies folder.

How to download YouTube videos on mobile

The easiest way to watch YouTube videos offline is to download them on your smartphone using the mobile app.

1. Open the YouTube app on your Android or iOS device.

2. Find the video you want to download for offline viewing.

3. Press download button.

The YouTube mobile app, with the

Tap the “Download” button on the video you want to download.

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