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How to download your own YouTube videos



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YouTube makes it easy to upload videos. Downloading them is a different story altogether. Here’s how to download all the videos you’ve ever uploaded to YouTube.

How to download a single YouTube video

Click on your profile picture at the top right of the YouTube screen. If you do not see your profile on Google, you will need to sign in.

Click the “YouTube Studio”

; option at the top of the list.

Select “Videos” from the left sidebar.

Youtube videos

Hold the mouse pointer over a video to bring up a menu. Click on “Options” at the end of the menu (the three vertical dots).

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Click “Download”. YouTube should immediately start downloading an mp4 version of your uploaded video.

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For those who want to download one or two videos, this is all you need. But if you have a library of hundreds, maybe thousands of uploaded videos, there is a better way.

How to download multiple all your YouTube videos at once

To download all your YouTube videos at once, go to Google Takeout. Here you can access all your Google data. You can export everything from Android configuration files to your search history all from one place.

google takeout

Click “Deselect All”, provided only YouTube videos are for you.

uncheck the button for google download

Scroll to the bottom of the page. There you will find “YouTube and YouTube Music.” Check the box next to this option.

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Click “All YouTube Data Included” to open a list of the files you can export.

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Select or deselect what you want to save. In this case, we select “Deselect all” and select only the option at the bottom for “Videos”. Click “OK” to close the window.

google takeout ok button

Click the “Next Step” button.

google takeout next step button

Choose your delivery method and your export frequency. Google may send a download link to your videos, or it may be possible to automatically store them in Google Drive, Dropbox or other cloud storage services. You can also choose to “Export once” or “Export every two months for 1 year” from this menu.

Google's pickup method

Select a file type and the size of your download. If you have multiple videos, you can split them into files as small as 1 GB. File types include .zip and .tgz.

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Click the “Create Export” button to exit. Google prepares the videos and offers you a download link.

google takeout export

YouTube does not offer an official way to download other people’s YouTube videos – not unless you want to download them offline in the YouTube app to watch later. It requires a YouTube Premium subscription.




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