How to download YouTube videos on your PC in under five minutes

It can be hard to find the time to see everything that you want on YouTube, especially when new content is being uploaded constantly. But if you have to miss a video because you’re in the middle of something, don’t worry! With this guide, you’ll learn how to download YouTube videos on your PC so that you can watch them later, even without internet access! All you need is your computer and about five minutes of your time to get started.

1. Download and install tools
Since you’re going to be downloading several different video clips, it would make sense that you’d need a video downloader. Well, they don’t call them downloaders for anything! Head over to Inkshares and start by downloading a free copy of SaveFrom. Once that is installed and set up, open SaveFrom and head back over to Inkshares for another tool: YTD Video Downloader.

2. Go to the video page you want
when you find a video you want, click play and watch it. Make sure that you’ve selected ‘high quality.’ When it’s done playing, right-click anywhere on your screen and choose View Page Source. This will open up a new window where you can see all of the source code for that page. At any point if needed, refresh or close out of that page.

3. Copy the URL from the address bar
You’re almost done! Next, look at whatever webpage you’re on. Right-click on a blank area and select View Source. You’ll see a bunch of HTML code — don’t worry, that’s normal. Click somewhere inside it and press CTRL+A (Windows) or CMD+A (Mac) to select all of it. Now copy it by pressing CTRL+C (Windows) or CMD+C (Mac). This is what you’ll paste into Step 4 below. If there are any extraneous characters like spaces, make sure to delete them before copying and pasting.

4. Paste it into the software
Download a program like Any Video Converter, which is free and works on both Mac and Windows. When you go to paste your link into it, choose Copy instead of Paste. That way, you can just save it for later if you decide not to download it after all. (Also make sure there are no spaces at either end of whatever link you’re trying to copy.) This will create a small .MOV file that won’t have any sound or picture quality issues and that should be easy enough for even non-tech savvy people to play and watch—just double-click!

5. Press Start
The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! All that hard work is paying off. Pressing start will begin downloading and installing all of your programs, and if everything goes smoothly, you should be up and running shortly. Don’t worry—even if something does go wrong, there are plenty of tutorials available online that can help walk you through it (and Google is always there when you need a last-minute backup plan).

6. Open downloaded file
Open File Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac) and find the file you just downloaded. Then double-click it to open. Just make sure you are opening it with a compatible video player, like VLC for example. If you’re not sure which player to use, check with someone at your office or try searching online first.

7. Enjoy watching!
It’s almost too easy. Once you find that video you’re looking for, all you have to do is click on it and choose Download. From there, depending on where you downloaded it from, it will ask if you want to save or open. You can also play directly from a saved video if desired. Enjoy!

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