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How to download or save videos from YouTube?

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YouTube is the biggest online viewing platform in the world. Launched in 2005 and bought by Google in 2006, the platform has gained tremendous popularity on the internet with hoards of YouTubers uploading videos every single day.

In this article, we will explain how you can download YouTube videos and can also save them on your playlists so that you can watch them later.

Download videos from YouTube 

You can download YouTube videos on your device or SD card. Currently, you can download the videos only on the app and not from the web.

Note: On the web, you can download only those videos that you have uploaded

On YouTube app

To download videos from the YouTube app, follow the steps given below.

  • Open the video on the YouTube app.
  • Below the video, tap on Download option. The video will be downloaded.

Note: If you are not using the premium feature of YouTube, you can download only some of the videos. To download all the videos, you will have to buy the premium subscription.

Also read: How to play YouTube videos with a locked screen on Android

Download your YouTube videos from the web

On the web, YouTube allows you to download only those videos that you have uploaded on your channel. You can download the videos in two ways, which are as follows.


YouTube video
  • Sign in on YouTube.
  • Select your profile on the top right corner, and then select YouTube (beta) from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the Videos tab, which is situated on the left panel.
  • Go to the video that you want to download, select the Menu option and then click on Download.

Note: This is still in beta version, meaning that this feature is still being tested.

Creator Studio Classic

  • Sign in on YouTube.
  • Select your profile on the top right corner, and then select Creator Studio from the drop-down menu.
  • After that, go to the Video Manager and then click on Videos.
  • Select the Download MP4 option from the drop-down menu.

What is the time limit of the videos that I have downloaded? 

If you are not on premium membership, you will have to refresh the videos every 48 hours.

If you have taken the premium membership, you can go online every 30 days to refresh the downloaded videos.

In some countries, you can view the non-music content for up to 29 days without connecting to the internet.

What is the device limit for offline viewing?

You can use the premium feature on ten mobile devices at a time. After the limit is reached, meaning, you try to download the video on device number 11, then the oldest of the previous devices will automatically be de-authorised.

You can do this process for four times in a year, after which you will see this message — Sorry, this video can’t be taken offline. However, you can continue downloading the videos on previous devices.

Also read: How to download offline Google Maps?

List of the countries where you can download the videos

YouTube allows users in the following countries to download videos at the time of writing.

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antarctica
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • Bouvet Island
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Cook Islands
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Federated States of Micronesi
  • Fiji
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • The Gambia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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Save videos for watching later

YouTube allows you to maintain a list of videos that you can watch later whenever you like. We are going to explain the process of saving YouTube videos, both on the web as well as on the app.

On the web

To save the videos on the web, please follow the instruction given below.

  • Open the video on YouTube.
  • Just below the video, click on the Save button.

  • After that, tick mark on the box beside Watch later.

And that’s it; the video will be saved to your Watch Later options. To later access the video, click on Watch Later, which is on the left side, below History option.

On the app

When you are using the app, the process is a bit different but is very easy nonetheless. To save the videos on the YouTube app, follow the steps given below.

  • Open the video on the YouTube app.
  • Below the video, tap on Save.
  • After that, tick the Watch Later option. (or you can create another playlist by tapping on New Playlist option which is in blue).
  • Confirm the process by tapping on Done, which is just below the Watch Later option.

The video is saved to your Watch Later playlist, which is the default playlist. To access the video that you have saved. Follow the steps given below.

  • Tap on Library option, which is located on the bottom right of the screen
  • After that, tap on Watch Later.
  • Here, you can watch the video that you have saved.

Note: You will have to log in on YouTube first to save the videos so that you can watch them later.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: