How to download your YouTube videos

To back up and download your YouTube videos, log into your associated Google account and then head over to Google Takeout. Find out more here.

Saving all of your YouTube videos to your computer in one go doesn’t have to be a hassle, thanks to Google’s own data download feature, Takeout.

If you’re keen to have more than one copy of your YouTube uploads available in case something happens to your channel, then Google Takeout does the job perfectly well. Not many YouTubers know about Google’s handy tool, but it’s certainly one we’re impressed by. More people should be making the most of it.

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To back up your YouTube videos, log into your associated Google account and then head over to Google Takeout. From here, you’ll see a list of data and files that you can save locally to your desktop, including Calendar events, Google Drive content, Google Photos and more. Of course, for this tutorial you’ll be scrolling down the page to the YouTube option.

Make sure the box to the right of YouTube is ticked, and then click Next at the bottom of the page.

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After clicking Next, you’ll find yourself on Google’s download page. Here, you’ll see a notification confirming which ‘products’ you’ve selected to download, along with some toggles to adjust how you want that content downloaded. The easiest file format to deal with is the default option, .zip.

Focus your attention on the Delivery Method menu and select where you want the saved YouTube clips to end up. It’s possible to have the files delivered via a link sent to your email, or to your Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive account. Once you’ve made a decision, click Create Archive.

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All that’s left to do now is wait. As you’ll see from the screenshot above, the process is monitored by Google and Takeout will let you know when the download is likely to be finished. If you’ve got a hefty collection of HD YouTube videos, you might be waiting a while for it to end, so be prepared. On top of that, it’s worth noting that if you select an email link as your preferred means of downloading the material, that link will expire within a week.

If you’re experiencing some issues with videos not appearing, make sure you’re signed into the correct Google account.