How to Download YouTube Videos on Your PC

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Though many of YouTube's videos are nothing more than cute viral clips  you could live without, there are plenty you'd want to watch, even if you're somewhere with a weak or non-existent Internet connection. Whether you want to save a music video so you can listen to the song any time you want or grab an entire movie that someone posted, it's easy to download YouTube videos and save them for offline viewing. Here's how to download YouTube videos on your Windows PC.

1. Download and install YTD Video Downloader.

2. Navigate to the YouTube video you want to save, using your browser.



3. Launch YTD Video Downloader if it's not already running.

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4. Copy and paste the YouTube address from your browser into YTD's URL field.

Copy and paste URL to YTD Downloader

By default, the video file will be saved as an MP4 and live in your C:\Users\[yourname]\Documents folder. However, you can change the location of the download by clicking on the folder next to "Save to."


Save to5. Click the Download button in YTD.


Click Download

The program will show the status of your download. Depending on the length of the video, it could take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.

YTD download progress


How to Convert Your Saved YouTube Videos to MP3s

If you've downloaded a music video from YouTube and you want to turn it into a song you can put on your playlist, you can do that with YTD Video Downloader also. To convert a downloaded YouTube video to MP3:

1. Navigate to the Convert tab in YTD Video DownloaderConvert tab

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2. Select the video file you wish to convert to MP3. It must be a video that has already been downloaded.

Select the video file

If you want to save the file to a different directory than C:\users\[yourname]\Documents, click the Save to folder.

3. Select MPEG Audio Layer 3 (MP3) from the "Convert video to" menu.

Select MP3

4. Click Convert Video.

Convert Video

The audio will take a minute or two to convert, during which time you can watch its progress in the Activity tab. Your audio video will be saved as an MP3 to C:\users\[yourname]\Documents unless you chose another folder before starting the conversion process.YTD progress







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  • Gesar Ozyman Says:

    I started to read Laptopmag because I was in the market for a laptop/ultrabook. This article on dowloading youtube videos interested me because I always wanted to but wondered how to download and save such videos. I installed the latest version of YTD Video Downloader. I found that it was able to download the YouTube and Facebook videos I wanted. However, I also discovered it installed, without my knowledge, other software programs I did not want and that I found very cumbersome, like a "pc backup", etc. Because of this I will likely visit the laptopmag site less often and take their reviews with more grain of salt, especially those who only have a master's degree in English, and are unable to fully vet the software they write about.