How to Download YouTube Videos on Computer or Mobile

  • You can download YouTube videos to 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, just tap “Download” on the selected video.

YouTube offers billions of streaming videos, 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. That’s odd, considering the YouTube mobile app lets you download videos to your smartphone and watch them offline.

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

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

How to Download YouTube Videos Using VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a free app that lets you watch videos or listen to music from your Mac or PC. You may already have it installed on your computer.

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

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

2. Open VLC. If you are on a PC, click Media in the top menu, then Open network flow. If you’re on a Mac, click Case in the top menu, then Open network.

3. In the pop-up window that appears, select the Network and paste the YouTube video URL in the text box at the top, then click To play Where Open basically.

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Paste the YouTube video URL into the text box on the “Network” tab.

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

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

6. In the Media information” pop-up, there will be a Location text box at the bottom. Double-click the URL in this text box to select it, then copy it.

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

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seven. Return to your web browser and paste this link into the URL text box at the top of the screen, then press the Walk in key on a PC or Come back key on a Mac.

8. You will be redirected to a page containing only the currently playing video. Click on the three vertical points in the lower right corner, then click To 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 the button

Download the video in your browser.

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The video will be 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 complete suite of programs, each designed to download videos from different sources. Both WinX and MacX YouTube downloaders, as their names suggest, are for downloading YouTube videos.

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

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

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Click “Add URL” in the upper left corner.

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

4. The app will check the video to see its quality. Once done, you will be offered a variety of file types to download.

5. Select the version of the video you want, then click Download selected videos Where Do at the bottom right.

The MacX YouTube Downloader, with the button

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

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6. On the next page, click Download now.

Your videos will be downloaded in the format you requested and saved to your computer Videos Where Movies case.

How to Download YouTube Videos on Mobile

The easiest way to watch YouTube videos offline is to download them to 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 the To download button.

The YouTube mobile app, with the button

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

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