How to Download YouTube Videos

By Lois Green, Sunday, May 24, 2015

Watching videos is many people's favorite pastime 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 or you want to watch YouTube videos on your mobile devices? Wouldn't it be great to first download YouTube videos then watch it without interruptions?

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FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate is also a YouTube video downloader which can download YouTube videos in FLV, MP4 and Webm format. It supports downloading YouTube videos of different resolution, no matter common YouTube videos or HD videos in 4K, 1080P or 720P. After downloading, you can also convert videos for viewing on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Galaxy, Xbox 360 and other devices. Free download the trial version of this program and have a try right now.

Below is a simple three-step process to download YouTube video.

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1. Copy the URL of the YouTube video you like

First, go to the YouTube page containing the video you want to download. When you've found the video you need, press "Ctrl + L" on your keyboard to highlight the text in the address bar, and then press "Ctrl + C" to copy the URL.

Copy YouTube Video URL

2. Paste the URL

After running the program, click "Download" button and paste the address you has been copied into the text field. Then, click the "Analyze" button.

Paste Video URL to Download

3. Download your YouTube videos

After analyzing, check the output resolution from the list below the URL box. Though resolution is limited based on the particular video, many YouTube videos offer 1080p resolution, as well as lower-res options for those looking to save space. You can choose the resolution you need and click "OK" to download the videos.

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Wait until the downloading is complete, this could take a few minutes. If the videos are downloaded in FLV or Webm format, you can convert them to MP4 and any other formats you like. Also, you can transfer these YouTube videos to your iPad or iPhone with the help of FonePaw iOS Transfer.

Last thing, you can apply this tutorial to download online videos from Facebook, TED, BBC, Yahoo, NY Times, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, Howcast, etc. Just download FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate and have a try.

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


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