How to Download YouTube and Other Online Videos

Last updated: May 7, 2018 at 21:09 pm

youtube photoYouTube has evolved into a very useful video websites with tons of informational videos, tutorials, travel videos and much more. What started out as a simple “tube” website where people uploaded their video creations has exploded into something phenomenal.

Consequently, millions of people flock to YouTube everyday to watch their favorite videos as well as discover new things.

The question often arises: how do I download YouTube videos? At the time of this writing, YouTube doesn’t sport a “download” button for its videos, but neither does it say that downloading is forbidden.

So how exactly do you download YouTube videos? Just a few years back, it used to be a big deal. You needed expensive software to download a simple YouTube video. Not anymore: computer and internet technology has come a far way.

All you need is a browser, like Firefox Web Browser, and a good “Firefox Extension.” Of course, there are a host of other options, but I’ll just start with the Firefox option.

Here’s what to do.

  1. Install Firefox web browser onto your computer, assuming you don’t already have it.
  2. Go to the top right menu and click it. It will open a set of options.
  3. Click on “extensions.”
  4. In the search field, type in “download.”

You will now see a list of downloading extensions. It can be a bit of dilemma to decide which of these fantastic extensions to choose from. I would recommend “Video DownloadHelper” because that’s the one I use.

Just click on it and go through the installation process. And that’s it, you’re done. You will now see an icon on the top right hand side of your Firefox Browser. Click on it when the video you want to download is streaming. You will see the option to download that video right there.

Some sites are stubborn. They use special codes to make downloading their videos hard. For these, you need something more powerful than a simple download extension. And for this, I strongly recommend, “Internet Download Manager.”

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