How to Download Your Own YouTube Videos
YouTube has become an essential platform for sharing video content with the world. However, as a content creator, it’s important to have a backup of your work. YouTube does have an option to download your own videos, but it’s not always obvious how to do it. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to download your own YouTube videos.
Step 1: Go to your channel’s Video Manager
Log in to your YouTube account and click on your profile icon at the top right corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu, select “YouTube Studio.” On the left-hand sidebar of your Studio account, click on “Videos,” which will take you to your channel’s Video Manager.
Step 2: Select the video you want to download
Scroll through your video list and select the video you want to download. Hover over the video thumbnail and click the pencil icon to edit the video.
Step 3: Go to the “Advanced Settings” tab
In the new window that opens up, scroll down to the “Advanced Settings” tab, which should be the last item on the left-hand sidebar. Click on it, and it will bring up a new page with several options.
Step 4: Click on “Download MP4”
Under the “Distribution Options” section, you’ll see the option to “Allow viewers to download this video.” Check the box next to it, and then click the “Save” button to activate the new download feature. Now, when viewers view your video, they’ll see a download button in the bottom right corner of the video player window. They can click on this to download the video to their local device.
Step 5: Download your own video
Now that your video has the download option enabled, you can also download the video to your own device. Just return to the “Video Manager” page, click on the title of the video you want to download, and it will take you to the video’s watch page. Click the “Download” button in the bottom right corner of the video player, and your video will be saved to your device.
In summary, downloading your own YouTube videos is easy once you know how. It’s an important step for any content creator to have a backup of their work. By enabling the download option, you not only provide a convenient option for your viewers but also have the option to download the video yourself.