How to download your own YouTube videos in 3 different ways

You can download your own YouTube videos to keep copies of them after they're published.

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You can download your own YouTube videos to keep copies of them after they’re published.
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Your YouTube channel can be whatever you want it to be, but ultimately, it acts as a living record of your work.

And for many, it’s representative of hours and hours of work, both on camera and off.

So it’s always good to have a backup of your videos by downloading them onto your computer or another storage device to ensure that nothing is lost in the event of a technical glitch.

For the record, you can only download your own YouTube videos with these methods. And there is a limit to the number of times you can download each video through YouTube, per day.

With that in mind, here are the methods you can use to download your YouTube video.

How to download your own YouTube videos

There are actually three primary ways to get this done.

You can use Google Takeout to grab all of your data, including YouTube videos.

Or you can do it using YouTube itself – on either YouTube Studio (Beta) or Classic.

How to download your own YouTube videos in Studio Beta

Here’s how to use the Beta-version method:

1. Go to youtube.com and sign into your account, if necessary.

2. Click your profile photo in the top-right corner of the screen and select “YouTube Studio (beta).”

Click on YouTube Studio (beta).

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Click on YouTube Studio (beta).
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3. Click the “Videos” tab in the left sidebar.

Select the Videos tab.

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Select the Videos tab.
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4. Hover your cursor over the video you want to download, then click the three dots that appear to the right of the video’s name.

Click the three dots when you hover over the video.

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Click the three dots when you hover over the video.
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5. Click “Download.”

How to download your own YouTube videos in Studio Classic

You can also download your videos through the YouTube Studio Classic. Here’s how:

1. Go to youtube.com and sign into your account, if necessary.

2. Click on your profile picture and then select “YouTube Studio (Beta).”

3. In the bottom-left corner of the screen click “Creator Studio Classic.”

Navigate to the classic version of YouTube Studio.

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Navigate to the classic version of YouTube Studio.
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4. Either click into the “Videos” section toward the middle of the screen, or select “Video Manager” in the left sidebar.

Click on Videos or Video Manager.

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Click on Videos or Video Manager.
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5. Next to the video you want to download, click the down carrot.

Click on the down arrow next to Edit.

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Click on the down arrow next to Edit.
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6. Select “Download MP4.”

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to download your video if it’s been removed from YouTube, has a copyright or community guidelines strike against it, uses a pre-approved audio track, or if you’ve already downloaded it five times within the last 24 hours.

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