Download MP4 from YouTube
1. Download VLC, or another open-source media player
For the sake of time in this example, I downloaded VLC. You can find this free product here. Click the link above and follow VLC’s download instructions.
2. Open VLC and select “Open Media”
Below, you’ll see the homepage of VLC once you download the program to your computer. Select “Open media…” on the bottom right, as shown.
3. Click “Network” and paste your YouTube URL
Navigate over to YouTube and grab the URL of the YouTube video you’d like to download from the address bar at the top of your browser. You can simply copy this URL to your clipboard by typing Control+C on a Windows computer or Command+C on a Mac.
Then, return to VLC media player, click “Network” along the top menu bar and paste in the URL of the YouTube video you copied above. You can do this by typing Control+V on a Windows computer or Command+V on a Mac.
4. If using Mac, Select “Window” and then “Media Information”
In the top navigation bar of your Mac computer, click “Window” and select “Media information…” from the dropdown, as shown below:
5. If using Windows, select “Tools” and then “Codec Information”
This step will retrieve the same information as in the step for Mac users above. You’ll see this information in the next step.
6. Find the “Location” bar at the bottom, and copy the URL
In the screenshot below, see that long string of text highlighted in white at the bottom? Copy it to your clipboard (Control+C for Windows or Command+C for Mac).
7. Paste the URL into your browser
Return to your internet browser and open a new tab. Paste the text that’s currently copied onto your clipboard into your address bar. This will open an MP4 version of your YouTube video that you can actually save to your desktop.
8. Right click the video, and click “Save Video As”
Right click (or control+click on your Mac’s trackpad) the enlarged YouTube video that appears. Click “Save Video As” and select your Desktop as the video file’s destination.
9. Name the file and save to desired location
Hit save and see your newly downloaded YouTube video on your desktop.
Transport downloaded MP4 to Mobile Phone
This might not be the “official” solution, but if you want that same MP4 video on your phone, you can email it to yourself and open it up as an attachment, and you’re good to go!
Download MP3 from YouTube on Desktop
Sometimes, all you need is the audio of a YouTube video — especially if it’s new music. That’s where MP3 files come in.
Want to download an MP3 version of a YouTube video to your desktop?GenYouTube is the easiest and quickest way to convert YouTube videos to MP3 audio downloads, particularly because you can do it from the YouTube video. Here’s how:
Find a video on YouTube you want to convert.
In the URL, add the word “gen” right before the word YouTube (e.g. http.://www.genyoutube.com/watch?…)
This URL will lead you to the same video on GenYouTube’s page. Scroll down the page, and see your options for audio and video formats (including 3GP, WEBM, MP4, M4A).
Select “MP3” to immediately start download.
Download MP3 from YouTube on Mobile Phone
You can also visit GenYouTube’s website from your mobile phone, and download from there.
Option 1 (search from YouTube):
Option Two (search from GenYouTube … then follow same instructions as above):
That’s it! You’re all set to listen and watch your favorite YouTube videos wherever, and whenever, you want.