Introduction

YouTube is currently the most popular video streaming platform. It has billions of videos, as new content gets added to its data stream every single day. While all of these videos are free for everyone to stream, the idea of having them on your computer sounds way better. You will be able to access the videos even if you aren’t connected to the Wi-Fi. Having them on your computer will also allow you to use them for future projects as well. If you need to find out how to download videos from YouTube, we have got you covered!

While the option to download videos from YouTube exists on YouTube Premium, regular YouTube doesn’t allow you to download content onto your PC or smartphone. In this article, we will be listing down how you can download videos from YouTube. All of our methods are tried and tested, so rest assured that you will not be in any danger of cybercrime.

How to Download Videos from YouTube (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

1. Using Y2Mate on a PC, Phone or Tablet

  • The first step is to go to youtube.com. You can do this using any website browser on your PC, phone or tablet.
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  • The next step is to locate the video that you want to download. Simply type the video’s name in the search bar.
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  • After you have clicked on the video, it will start playing immediately.
  • On the top bar of your browser, you will see the link to the video. Copy this video’s URL.
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  • Type https://y2mate.com into your browser and press enter. This is a safe and free website that will solve your dilemma of how to download videos from YouTube. This site is virus-free but, if you see some pop-up ads asking you to install something, be sure to close them.
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  • Paste the video’s URL into the bar and press Start.
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  • The website will refresh your page and show you a thumbnail of the video itself, as well as a range of video qualities you can choose from.
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  • If you want the video file to be smaller in size, opt for a lower resolution.
  • Once you click on the Download button, the downloading process will start almost instantly.
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2. Using iTubeGo YouTube Downloader (MAC/Windows Only)

  • iTubeGo will not only help you download videos from YouTube, but it will also allow you to download video streaming content across 10,000+ video sites.
  • The first step is to download the free software from https://itubego.com/youtube-downloader/.
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  • Once you have successfully installed the application on your PC, an icon will appear on your Desktop.
  • Double click on this icon to initiate the program.
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  • You will see an option to “Paste URL”.
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  • Clicking on the “Paste URL” button will allow you to paste the URL of the video you want to download.
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  • Your download will begin immediately after this. You will also be able to keep track of the video that is downloading because all of the information regarding the estimated time, upload speed and size will be clearly shown.
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  • You will find that this option will also allow you to download multiple videos at the same time.
  • A play button will be shown to you on the left side of the downloaded video. If you click on it, the video will start playing immediately.

3. Using VLC Player (Windows/Mac)

  •  Head over to https://www.youtube.com/ and open the video that you wish to download.
  • Copy your desired video’s URL.
  • The next step is to double click on the “VLC media player” shortcut that should already be installed on your Desktop.
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  • Go to Media and click on “Open Network Stream”.
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  • It will show you a page with a text editor.
  • You will need to paste the URL of the video you want to download here.
  • After this, you will click on the Play button.
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  • Now go to tools and click on “Codec Information”. A new window will pop up.
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  • Copy all of the information from the location textbox that you can find at the bottom of the page.
  • Lastly, copy and paste the URL into any web browser’s search bar and press enter. Now click on the video and select “Save Video As” from options to store it on your PC.

We hope that our three methods have answered any queries you might have on how to download videos from YouTube. We guarantee that any of the above mentioned options will work well for you, but we would suggest choosing the one that sounds the best to you.

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