How to Download YouTube Videos

author Lois Green
date Thursday, March 22, 2018

Watching videos is many people's favorite pastimes on the internet. Youtube, MegaVideo, MetaCafe, Daily Motion, Vevo, Vimeo, and Yahoo are all popular sites to watch videos. However, what if you have a slow internet connection? Wouldn't it be great to download YouTube videos then watch it offline?

Here we will introduce two ways to download YouTube videos to offline watching: one is to use a free online YouTube downloader to save YouTube videos in MP4, MP3, and more; the other is to use software - a YouTube recorder to copy YouTube videos/audio.


Some YouTube videos have a download button or link, but most of them do not. The YouTube Terms of Service (opens new window) prohibits downloading video clips that lack an official download button or link. You should also be aware that the YouTube FAQ (opens new window) states that downloading a video without a download button or link violates the video owner's copyright.

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Free YouTube Video Downloader Online

The fastest way to download a video from YouTube is by using an online YouTube downloader. (opens new window) is a free, safe, and easy-to-use YouTube downloader that you can try.

On VidPaw, you can choose to download a whole video, download audio-only or video only from YouTube. It supports downloading YouTube videos in WEBM, 3GP, MP4, and audio in M4A, WEBM. Moreover, the video can be downloaded in high quality. It can download 720p, 1080p, 4K, 8K videos from YouTube.

VidPaw provides 2 ways to save YouTube videos to computer.

Copy Link to Download YouTube Videos

STEP 1. Copy the URL of the video you want to download.

STEP 2. Go to (opens new window) and paste the URL into the field at the top of the page. And click Start.

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STEP 3. You can then choose the video/audio format and the quality you like. Click the Download button next to the desired format and quality. Then YouTube video will be quickly saved on your PC.

Download Video from VidPaw

YouTube Video Downloader Extension

VidPaw also offers a browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge to download videos from YouTube. Just install the extension on your browser and you will get a download button on the YouTube videos.

YouTube Recorder to Save Video/Audio from YouTube

Another way to copy online videos is by using a screen recorder to record videos. A great thing about a screen recorder is that it can record videos and TV shows from any platform without limitation.

Here we'll introduce FonePaw Screen Recorder (opens new window), which can record YouTube videos in MP4, MP3, MOV, GIF, and more. It can record YouTube videos with audio as well as record YouTube music only. With a timed recording feature, it can end a recording automatically so that you don't need to wait up in front of a computer until the video is recorded. Also, you can use its Lock Window mode in which the recorder will capture YouTube videos only so that other tasks on your computer won't be recorded.

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How to Record YouTube Videos with FonePaw Screen Recorder

STEP 1 Run the YouTube recorder on your computer. A floating panel will appear. Click Video Recorder. If you would like to save YouTube videos to MP3, select Audio Recorder to record audio-only from YouTube.

Select Video Recorder

STEP 2 Once you click Video Recorder, a dashed line rectangle with a video recorder panel will appear. The rectangle indicates the screen area to record.

STEP 3 Open the YouTube video that you want to record. Then adjust the recording rectangle until it fits the playback window of the YouTube video.

Record YouTube Videos on PC

If you are playing the video on the YouTube app, you can also click the arrow down button in the Display bar, click Lock Window, and select the YouTube app to record. In this way, you can do other things on the computer during the recording and don't have to worry that these actions will be recorded in the video.

Lock Window

STEP 4 After selecting the video to record, turn on the system sound button, and click the REC button to begin recording the video on YouTube. There is a 3-second countdown before the actual recording begins so you have time to click the play button on YouTube.

Count Down Before Recording

STEP 5 The recorder will begin to record the YouTube video. If you want, click the clock icon and set up the duration of the video so that the recorder will stop recording automatically when the video is over.

Schedule YouTube Video Recording

STEP 6 The recorded video will be saved in MP4 by default. You can go to Preference and change the format to save YouTube videos in MOV, F4V, AVI, GIF, or TS.

To save YouTube to MP3, learn How to Record Audio from YouTube (opens new window).

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