How to Download YouTube Video – Launched in 2005 by Steve Chen, Jawed Karim, and Chad Hurley, YouTube has become the second most visited website after Google. It is a social media platform and an online video sharing platform, owned by Google. YouTube has more than one billion users who watch more than one billion hours of videos each day.
After Google purchased YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion, its business model has changed. It not only generates revenue from advertisements but also from paid exclusive content and now offers subscriptions to watch it without ads. The revenue reported by YouTube in 2020 stood at $19.8 billion.
How to Download YouTube Video
With the growth and success of YouTube, it has started to create a social impact on society that influences popular culture, creates multimillionaire celebrities, and internet trends. The users can verify their account and upload videos or produce live streams with almost 256GB in size or 12 hours, whichever is less. For those who wish to watch the YouTube videos in offline mode, YouTube offers the option to download YouTube videos but with few caveats.
The option to download YouTube videos is available for mobile users, limited to 720p resolution available for 48 hours and now for desktop users too (but only available for the premium users). The Premium users have the benefit to download the video in full resolution. But all the videos are not available for download due to privacy issues. Mentioned below are the two best and easy methods to download YouTube videos:
How to download YouTube videos?
METHOD 1: For downloading the video on Android Mobile phones
Step 1: Visit the YouTube app and choose the YouTube video you wish to download.
Step 2: Click on the “Download” option (if the video is available for download).
Step 3: To check the video once it is downloaded, visit Library > Downloads.
Step 4: To change the quality of the video downloaded: visit Profile tab < Settings < Downloads < Download Quality and choose from the available options- Ask each time, Full HD (1080p), High (720p), Medium (360p) and Low (144p).
How to Download YouTube Video
METHOD 2: By using VLC Player on desktop
Step 1: Visit https://www.youtube.com on your computer and go to the video you want to download.
Step 2: Copy the URL of the video.
Step 3: For Windows: Open VLC player < Media < Open Network Stream < Paste the URL in the field < Play.
(For MacOS: Open VLC Player < File < Open Network < Paste URL < Open)
This will play the YouTube video in VLC Player.
Step 4: Click on Tools < Codec Information < Location. Copy the location link.
(For MacOS, click on Windows < Media Information < Location < Open URL)
Step 5: Copy the location link on a new web browser < Click right the video < Save Video As. The video will be downloaded as an MP4 file with “video playback” as the file name.
Step 6: Select the location for saving the file and click on Save.
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