How to Download Videos from YouTube

How to download video from YouTube is one of the top questions peoples that people ask on the internet, especially those that like saving videos on their phones or laptops. YouTube is a video-sharing platform that houses billions of hours of videos. People download videos from YouTube for various reasons. It could be that you want to save it for future videos or to keep accessing it without having to go to YouTube all the time, it could even be that you want to work on.

Before delving too much into this, you must however bear in mind that downloading videos should be for your personal offline use as YouTube policy is against you try to disseminate it. Part of their policy reads: “You are not allowed to…access, reproduce, download, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, alter, modify or otherwise use any part of the Service or any Content except (a) as expressly authorized by the Service; or (b) with prior written permission from YouTube and, if applicable, the respective rights holders.”

This is large because there are ads that show up when these videos are being played on YouTube, people paid for them and that’s the primary source of revenue for YouTube. When these videos are now being played offline, YouTube can’t make money this way, and as well affects the payment they have to make for the video creators. If at all you want to view YouTube videos else online, you can simply share the video on social media networks or embed it without downloading the video.

However, if your intention for wanting to download the video is for your personal use, then know that I have got you covered because that is what this article is all about.

Below are the three methods you can use to download videos from youtube.

Method One: Download YouTube videos directly using the ‘ss’ prefix.

This method is perhaps one of the most common methods out there that people use to download YouTube videos and I have been using this method for some years now. The good thing about this method is that you don’t need any tool for you to use it, you don’t need to have any browser extension or install an app on your phone. This method also works for any device including your Android phones, iPhone, and Windows devices both on laptops and desktops. You also have the option of downloading the video in any available format of your choices such as FLV, MP3, MP4, and MPEG.

Follow the following steps to download YouTube video using the prefix “ss”

Step 1: Open your browser and from there go to YouTube, search and click on the video you want to download

Step 2: Proceed to the video URL and add “ss” after “www.”  and immediately before the “”

Now you will be redirected to the free download site known as which is the parent website of, it’s from there you will be able to save the video.

Method Two: Download using the YouTube app

Step 1: Open the YouTube app and search for the video you want to download.

Step 2: Tap the video to play it and then tap the share button

Step 3: Select ‘YouTube downloader’ from the share menu.

Step 4:  Pick the video format you want to download either mp4 for video or mp3 for audio and then tap on download.

Method Three: Download video using VLC player

You need to first download VLC player if you don’t have it on your computer system. After downloading the VLC player on your system, then follow the following steps:

Step 1: Go to YouTube using your web browser, open the video you want to download, and copy the URL.

Step 2: Open your VLC media player and from there go to ‘Media’, click on it and select ‘Open Network Stream, that  is if you are using Windows OS, but if you are using Mac, go to File then ‘Open Network’

Step 3: Open the media where you will find a text editor, paste the URL of the video you want to download from YouTube, and click on ‘Play’.

Step 4: You should then copy the information of the video from the location text box which can be found at the bottom of the page

Step 5: Paste the URL of the video into your browser and load it.

Step 6: Your video will show up automatically, right-click on it and select ‘Save video as’

Your video will be downloaded in MP4 format and titled ‘videoplayback’, you can decide to change the title if you want.



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