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How to download your own Youtube videos?

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Unless you’re a big-shot YouTuber who already has a significant number of subscribers, chances are you haven’t invested in a dedicated workspace for Youtube videos.

This also means that you don’t have a giant NAS (network-attached storage) where you store all your raw footage and finished videos. Not to mention if you have a higher-end camera, the sheer size of those videos is going to be in terabytes. 

Even clips from my humble Canon 200D hog memory up like anything if I’m working on a big project. So like many of us out there, including Dave2D, I just delete all footage once the project is finished editing and been uploaded to Youtube.

This leaves us with the problem of having to download our own videos every time we need to use them in future projects. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do in today’s article. 

Also read: How to add subtitles to your YouTube video?

Downloading your own YouTube videos

Downloading your own videos is slightly different than the usual downloading method. Yes, you can just copy the URL and paste it into any other Youtube downloader and it will download just fine. Keep in mind though that if your video contains music or anything that’s remotely copyrighted you might not be able to use this method. 

However, Youtube has a more elegant solution for video owners to download their videos. Open Youtube on a browser on PC and follow the steps mentioned below to download your own Youtube videos.

Step 1: Click on your profile picture in the top right corner and then click on YouTube Studio from the dropdown list.

How to download your own Youtube videos? | Candid.Technology

Alternatively, you can just go to,com and log in directly. 

Step 2: Once inside, click on the videos tab in the left-hand drawer. 

Step 3: You’ll see all your videos show up. Hover over the one you want to download.

Step 4: Hovering over the video you want to download will pop-up some icons.

Step 5: Click on the three vertical dots at the end and you’ll see an option to download the video. 

And that’s about it; your video will be downloaded.

However, you should know that if you upload the downloaded video again to Youtube, you’ll encounter a drop in quality. If you want to learn about it more, here’s a video by MKBHD where he re-uploaded his downloaded Youtube video a thousand times..

Also read: How to add or change thumbnails in a YouTube video?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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