How to download your own YouTube videos

YouTube makes it easy to upload videos. Downloading is a whole different story. So you can download every video you’ve ever uploaded to YouTube.

How to download a single YouTube video

On the YouTube home page, click your profile picture in the top right of the screen. If you can’t see your Google profile picture, you need to sign in.

Click the YouTube Studio option at the top of the list.

Select “Videos” in the sidebar on the left.

Youtube Videos

Hover over a video to bring up a menu. At the bottom of the menu, click Options (the three vertical dots).

Youtube options

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

download youtube

For those looking to download a video or two, this is all you need. But when you have a library with hundreds, maybe thousands, of uploaded videos, there is a better way.

How to download multiple YouTube videos at the same time

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

Google Takeout

Assuming you’re only looking for YouTube videos, click Deselect All.

Google Takeout opt-out button

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

Google Takeout Youtube

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

Google Takeout alle Youtube

Check or uncheck what you want to save. In this case we select “Deselect All” and activate the option below for “Videos”. Click OK to close the window.

google takeout ok button

Click the “Next Step” button.

Google Takeout button for the next step

Choose your shipping method and your export frequency. Google can send you a download link for your videos or automatically put them in Google Drive, Dropbox, or other cloud storage services. In this menu you can also choose between “Export once” and “Export every 2 months for 1 year”.

Google Takeout shipping method

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

Google Takeout file type

Finally, click the “Create export” button. Google will prepare the videos and offer you a download link.

Google Takeout Export

YouTube doesn’t provide an official way to download other people’s YouTube videos – unless you want to download them offline on the YouTube app to watch later. A YouTube Premium subscription is required for this.

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