If you’ve created a thumbnail and have misplaced the file, here’s a qucik way to download the thumbnail directly from the site.

You can also use this method to download the thumbnail of any video from YouTube. Be reminded though that YouTube thumbnails are protected by copyright. Don’t download thumbnails belonging to others if you don’t have the express permission to do so.

That said, let’s get on with the steps on how to download YouTube thumbnails from your videos in HD

Choose Your VIdeo

Go to the video you want to download the thumbnail from.

Download YouTube Thumbnails from Your Videos in HD

Get your video ID.

Your video ID is after v= in your video URL as highlighted in the screen shot above

For instance this video URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC4chQxanG8

So, we’ll just take hC4chQxanG8 after the v=

We then want to go to this URL
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/yourvideoID/maxresdefault.jpg

This URL will allow us to download YouTube thumbnails from your videos in HD.

Head to the YouTube Thumbnail Download Site

Once there, replace yourvideoID section of the URL with with hC4chQxanG8

Download YouTube Thumbnails from Your Videos in HD

You’ll see a large size thumbnail after your YouTube video ID is entered into the URL.

Download YouTube Thumbnails from Your Videos in HD

To download the image, right click on it and save the image.

Download YouTube Thumbnails from Your Videos in HD

Give it a name for easy reference

If you want a medium size image repeat the process by heading to this URL
https:\i.ytimg.com/vi/yourvideoID/hqdefault.jpg

Just follow the same process and replace yourvideoID with your video ID as explained above

Download YouTube Thumbnails from Your Videos Automatically

If you don’t like to use this manual way you can do it automatically. All you need to do is copy and paste your URL and the rest of the job will be done for you by the YouTube thumbnail downloader.

One advantage of using this method is you get the option of downloading different thumbnail sizes.

Head to Code Republics YouTube Thumbnail Generator

Once there enter your YouTube video URL

Then hit Get YouTube Thumbnail

You’ll presented with different size thumbnails to download, right from standard quality to high quality and maximum resolution.

All you have to do is right click on the thumbnail size you prefer and download it.

So, you have seen how to download YouTube thumbnails from your videos in HD. Now, go ahead and give them a try.