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Four Ways of Saving YouTube Videos to Your Computer, iPhone and Android Phone

Summary: How to save a video from YouTube? This post shows you four methods of saving YouTube videos to your computer and portable iPhone and Android device, including free online way, professional downloading way and recording way.

"I find an interesting video on YouTube, it attracts me a lot. I want to download the YouTube video to my computer for further playback, but don't know how to download it. How to save videos from YouTube?" - Kate

"I am a LOL gamer, and always follow the live gaming video in YouTube. But sometimes, I have to go to office and miss the live gaming videos. And what's worse, YouTube does not offer playback for some live videos. That is really a headache. Is there any way to save live videos from YouTube? Or is there other websites that enables me to save live videos?" - Danny

Save YouTube Videos

YouTube, as the largest video-sharing website, has gained a worldwide reputation. It allows users to upload, view and share all types of videos. It attracts users with a variety of video content, like music, sports, games, movies, TV shows, news, spotlight videos, live videos, etc. Unregistered users can watch videos, and registered users can upload videos to their channels. But when you find some videos interesting or important, and want to save them to your computer for playback, you will be disappointed. For protecting the copyright or other reasons, YouTube does not show a direct way to let viewers save video from its site.

What a pity!

Since YouTube doesn't allow you to download videos, you have to find another way to save YouTube videos to computer or iPhone/Android for later viewing. In this post, we will share four effective ways of saving videos from YouTube. Keep reading, and you can follow them to easily save your favorite videos from YouTube.

Best YouTube Video Downloader

Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate is the professional YouTube videos saving software which can help you download online videos from any popular site like YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, TED, Facebook, Twitter and more. Besides the fast downloading speed, it guarantees you a high-quality output image/sound quality. When you want to save YouTube videos, it can be a great helper.

Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate For Mac

How to save YouTube videos

You can check the video below to know how to save videos from YouTube step by step.

Part 1. Save video from YouTube with Video Converter Ultimate

Aiseesoft Video Convert Ultimate is the best solution to save YouTube videos. It can download YouTube online videos in high quality and save them to your computer for future use. What's more, it also supports converting YouTube to MP4/MOV/AVI before finally saving them to PC. Whether you want to convert YouTube video to MP3 for getting the background music, or convert video to YouTube supported formats for uploading, or convert videos to HD, it can be a great favor for you. In this way, you can easily save YouTube videos as a file in the format of MP3/MP4 to play in your iPhone/iPad/iPod/Android phone, also save it in SD/HD/4K UHD to meet your needs.

This fantastic YouTube Videos Downloader can help you to save videos from YouTube and other popular video-sharing websites. But it only works for those VOD videos, and for live videos. Currently, no apps or websites or plugs-in has the ability of downloading live videos directly.

Main steps of saving YouTube videos:

Step 1 Download, install and launch this YouTube video downloader.

Launch YouTube Video Downloader

Step 2 Copy the video address of YouTube video and paste to this tool.

Paste URL

Step 3 Analyze YouTube video and select suitable resolution, size and format.

Save YouTube Video

Step 4 Download YouTube video and click "Convert" to get it saved on computer.

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Part 2. Save YouTube videos with free online video downloaders

Though YouTube does not allow you to directly download online videos from its webpage, you can still save YouTube videos from other websites.


One website allows you to save YouTube videos is You can follow the next steps to save YouTube videos.


Open the website in your browser > Paste your YouTube URL at "Media URL" > Press "Continue" to analyze it > Select the format and the options for the conversion > Click "Start" to begin the conversion. Wait minutes, after finishing the conversion, you can download the converted YouTube video to save it to your computer.

Save YouTube Videos with ClipConverter

In this way, it seems easy to save videos off YouTube. But there are still some disadvantages.

◆ It has limited resource for your downloading. For live video, you will fail to save them into your PC.

◆ The converted formats are few, like MP4, MOV, AVI, 3GP, AAC, M4A and AAC. If you want to watch the saved YouTube video on your Apple TV, you will fail by finding no supporting M4V format.


SaveVideo is a very popular online YouTube videos saving site. It is designed with a concise interface and you can easily save a video from YouTube. It has the capability to support many video sites like YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and Yahoo. This online video downloader can automatically detect the video source.


It enables you to handily analyze video and choose your preferred output video resolution, size and format. But one thing you should know first, while saving YouTube videos, some pop-up ads may lead to other pages.

Part 3. Download videos from YouTube with Firefox plug-in

Google Chrome and Firefox are the two widely-used browsers in the globe. And they are powerful enough to provide some plugs-in for your use. Some tools, similar to YouTube video downloader plugs-in, are very popular among its users. However, such plugs-in as Video Download Helper for Chrome could simply not exist if it had the ability to download videos from the Google platforms. So we take a YouTube video downloader plug-in in Firefox for example to show you how to save YouTube videos to computer. Firstly, you need to download this Firefox plug-in. Open your Firefox, click the menu button on the top right corner > Click "Add-ons" > Search the Firefox plug-in, YouTube Video Downloader - For Context Menu in the searching bar > click "Add to Firefox" to install this utility.

YouTube Downloader Plugin

Input keywords of the video you want to save in YouTube > navigate the video that you want to save in your PC > right click the link to find "Download Videos" > Wait seconds for this plug-in to analyze the source video > Click the link to choose a format to save YouTube video. After minutes, you will find your wanted YouTube video has been saved in your computer.

In this way, it sounds more complicated than the first way to save videos from YouTube. And such plugs-in are not safe enough. It may install a certain spyware in your computer. And the output formats are limited. Moreover, the downloading speed depends on your internet condition. Such uncertain factors will bring you an unhappy experience.

Part 4. Save YouTube videos to PC without downloading via Screen Recorder

The above three methods can save online YouTube videos to computer by downloading. But they all fail to save live videos.

Here comes the question, how to save live videos from YouTube?

At this time, we will share the one-for-all solution to save YouTube videos by recording. Recording is not limited. Even if you are not in the front of a computer, you can record a live YouTube video and save it to your PC. It can not only record online videos, like download Twitch videos (Twitch, video-sharing website, does not allow users to download videos directly), but also save radio audios.

Before you record video from YouTube, you need to download and install Screen Recorder in your PC. The steps to save a video from YouTube are as below:

Step 1 Open YouTube, find the video that you want to save, you can play it for checking the source so that you can make adjustment earlier.

Screen Recorder

Step 2 Run Screen Recorder, choose the recording area. Turn on "System Audio" while turn off "Mircrophone Audio" to get a clear video audio.

Select Recordng Area

Step 3 Click "REC" to start the YouTube video recording. After that, you can preview and save YouTube to computer in WMV or MP4 format.

Save YouTube Videos by Recording

Three steps enable you to record any video including streaming live videos and VOD videos. And you can easily save them to PC with one click. Apart from recording online video from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, etc. you can also record online music. And when you are abroad, you can record Skype calls with your families at home for a warm memory. If you are fond of Roblox games, then you can also use this screen recorder to record Roblox game videos for sharing.

From the methods above, you can know that not every method is perfect. But you have to admit that, the last way of downloading online videos by recording will enable you to save videos from any site. You can watch the following video to check how to use this screen recorder.

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How to save videos from YouTube? Four different ways are offered to help you get the job done. You surely find your preferred method to download YouTube videos after reading this article. You can leave us a message if you still have any question.

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February 23, 2018 08:25 / Updated by to YouTube, Video Downloader