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YouTube is designed only to allow users to watch and view (stream) videos on their website. Many users want to download or save their favorite YouTube videos to their computer so they can be watched offline, viewed on other devices, or edit them.
- YouTube allows a video uploader who marked their video as confidential to send up to 25 private URLs which will allow these users and only those users to watch those videos. However, there’s 1 issue for this, and it’s than any of those users may re-upload your video as a public video.
- ODownloader is a popular tool for converting YouTube videos to any video/audio format. It has a rich functionality and a reliable server infrastructure, ensuring that you can download videos fast. You can choose between the web version and a Chrome browser extension, which makes the download.
YouTube does not allow you to download videos directly from their site. You need to use a third-party service, install software, or get a YouTube subscription service to download a YouTube video. Below are our recommendations for downloading and watching YouTube videos on your computer.Tip
To download YouTube videos to your smartphone or tablet, see: How to download YouTube video on a smartphone or tablet.Note
This page only provides recommendations for downloading or saving a video to your computer. For instructions for saving a video as audio, see: How can I record sound from YouTube videos?
Download a YouTube video using a website service
Most websites that offer a service of downloading a YouTube video for free are no longer safe to use. These websites often results in malware being downloaded to your computer, either from the website service itself or through one of their partner websites.
Websites that offered free YouTube video downloading services have now permanently shut down their sites (e.g., Savefrom.net), resorted to malware-related ads, or employ other deceptive tactics.
Due to these reasons, Computer Hope doesn't recommend the use of any website service offering free YouTube video downloads and no longer provides instructions for those websites.
Instead, we now recommend the use of youtube-dl, a screen recorder, or a YouTube Premium subscription. These are the best options to keep your computer free of malware.
Download a YouTube video using youtube-dl
One of the best ways, and our favorite method, to download a YouTube video is by using the free program youtube-dl. It's capable of downloading any available YouTube video format to your computer, including the HD version.
However, using youtube-dl is a bit more complex and is designed for more experienced, and advanced, computer users. Youtube-dl utilizes the Windows command line for Windows computers, and the Terminal for macOS and Linux computers.
For help with installing and using youtube-dl on your computer, click the link below to review the instructions.
Saving a YouTube video using a screen recorder
Screen recorders are software programs designed to run on a computer, smartphone, or tablet and record anything on the screen. In addition to recording your screen, these programs can also be used to record a video or sections of a video.
Download a YouTube video using YouTube Premium
Another safe option for downloading YouTube videos is YouTube Premium, which is a user-friendly service designed for computer and mobile device users at any level of experience.
YouTube Premium requires a monthly subscription, but at $11.99 per month, you're allowed to download as many videos as you want, and watch them offline at any time. Additionally, you can listen to music offline using the YouTube Music app, as well. Similar to other video streaming services, YouTube Premium provides unlimited access to YouTube videos and music, at a price that's cheaper than other streaming services.
Unlike youtube-dl, however, YouTube Premium only allows users to view videos from in the app. After 48 hours in your downloads library, you can no longer access the videos offline until reconnecting to the Internet to prove the validity of your YouTube Premium subscription.
YouTube offers a one-month free trial for YouTube Premium, so you can try it out and decide if you like it before paying for the service.
What about a private video?
Services and programs designed to record YouTube videos don't have the same rights as your YouTube account, and therefore would not be able to record a private video. However, if you can view the private video, you can use a screen recorder to record anything shown on your screen.
- See the YouTube definition for further information and related links.
4 Ways to Download Private YouTube Videos in 1080P or Higher Resolution
There are a lot of free online YouTube downloaders that you can use to download public private videos, but you cannot use them to download private YouTube video. In this article, I will show you 3 ways to download YouTube videos that can only be viewed by those who are invited by the uploader without the need to install any software.
As long as you can view the private YouTube video, you can use one of the methods to download it to your PC. Of course, you can also use these methods to download unlisted YouTube videos, which can be viewed and shared by anyone with the video link.
Download Private YouTube Video with Firefox Add-on
The first method would be to use a Firefox Add-on called Video Downloader Professional. YouTube certainly doesn’t want you to download videos from YouTube, so you probably cannot find a similar Chrome extension from Chrome Web Store.
With this Firefox Add-on installed, you can easily download any YouTube videos that you can view. You can follow the steps below to see how it works.
Step 1. Open Firefox Web browser, and go to the YouTube video page to watch the video that you want to download.
Step 2. Click on the Video Downloader Professional add-on icon.
Step 3. From the dropdown list, you can select the video quality to download the private YouTube video. Be aware that you should only choose the options with file size, because other options without file size require downloading another program.
As you may know, YouTube saves audio and video separately for high-quality videos (1080P or above), so this Firefox add-on only allows you to download YouTube videos with quality up to 720P. If you want to download 1080P or higher quality videos, you can check the other options.
Download YouTube Video with YouTube
If you want to download private YouTube videos with a dedicated tool for better performance, then you need to try this YouTubeByClick. As its name suggested, it is mainly for downloading high-quality videos from YouTube. You can use it to download all videos from a YouTube playlist or channel. What’s more, you can also use it to download videos from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo, Dailymotion, YouKu and many more.
For private YouTube videos, you first need to click Option and under the Accounts tab, you can request to grant access from Chrome if you have logged in on Chrome. You can always revoke access if needed.
After that, you can copy any private YouTube video URL, the program will detect it automatically, and then you can choose to download video or audio.
That’s it. this is probably the easiest way to download YouTube videos, private or public.
Download Private YouTube Videos with the Highest Quality
Allavsoft is an ultimate media downloader program for Windows and Mac that allows you to download high quality video and music from YouTube and many other websites. You can also save YouTube private videos as the original video format, MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, FLV, WEBM, MKV, etc.
You can refer to the steps below to any private, unlisted, or public YouTube video.
Step 1. Free download Allavsoft ( for Windows or Mac). Install and then launch it.
Step 2. Copy the URL of the private YouTube video that you want to download and paste the selected private YouTube video URL to Allavsoft.
Step 3. By default, it will automatically download the highest quality available, which can be changed according to your need. You can change the output formats to MP4, AVI, MOV, and many more formats by clicking the “Automatically Convert to” button. After that, click the “Download” button to complete downloading the private YouTube video.
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Step 4. Since it is a private YouTube video, you will be prompted to enter your YouTube account that granted access to view this private video. After that, the video will be downloaded to your computer.
Besides YouTube videos, you can also use Allavsoft to download videos from Udemy, Facebook, Gaia, and download music from Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, etc.
Download Private YouTube Videos with IDM
You probably have heard about Internet Download Manager (IDM). In case you haven’t, IDM is a tool to increase download speeds by up to 5 times. With its integrated web browser add-on, you can download all your favorite videos from YouTube and other websites. If you don’t want to enter your password to third party software and you want download private YouTube video in high quality, this is the way.
Step 1. Download the latest version of IDM. Only after you successfully install IDM can you get to the next step.
Step 2. Open your favorite web browser, Chrome, Firefox, or IE. You will get a prompt to enable IDM add-on or extension, and be sure to enable it.
If you don’t get the prompt, you may install it manually. Open the folder where you have installed IDM and look for the file named “IDMGCExt.crx” or “IDMGCExt”.
Step 3. Go to YouTube and start playing the private YouTube video that you want to download. You will see a message from YouTube saying “Download this video”, and you just click the button and select the file attributes to download the video.
This will download the video with the same quality that you are watching, so if you want to download 4K YouTube video, be sure to play it in 4K from your web browser.
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You can also use this method to download a private Facebook video, but you can only use the IE web browser. I have tried it with Chrome and Firefox, there is no download option when playing private Facebook video.
That’s 3 different methods to download private YouTube videos. Allavsoft is my favorite option because it can do much more than just downloading videos from YouTube. If you don’t like to input your YouTube password, then choose the Firefox add-on or IDM method.