Why would you want to download your own YouTube videos? The main reason is you don’t have the original file with you.
You may be unable to locate it among the hundreds of files you have backed up somewhere.
Or simply because you left your video file lying on the hard disk and you can’t retrieve it because of a hard disk malfunction.
It could also be that the original file is corrupted and you’re unable to open it.
In any case, you would need a copy of your video file to work on it. Maybe you want to create a teaser or repurpose it for Tik Tok or Facebook.
You may also want to download your own YouTube videos if you’re going away to a place without an Internet connection.
This tutorial will show you the different ways you can download the videos you’ve uploaded to YouTube.
Download Your Own YouTube Videos with Google Takeout
The Google Takeout option will suit you fine if you want to download the entire collection of videos you’ve uploaded to your channel.
However, if you just want to download a single video or a few, you would have to use your YouTube dashboard option as explained below.
Go to Google Takeout.
Under Create a New Export scroll down the Products section and select YouTube and YouTube Music.
The last product will be YouTube and YouTube Music.
You’ll be given two options to customize your download – Multiple Formats and All YouTube data included.
Clicking on Multiple Formats, you’ll see this dropdown menu:
Your video file will be downloaded alongside your audio file.
Next, we can take a look at the You’ll be given two options to customize your download – Multiple Formats and All YouTube data included menu.
From here you can choose your content options:
You can then proceed to the next option.
Next, choose file type and size.
Once you’re done choosing your options you can hit the Create export button.
YouTube Limitations to Downloading Your Own Videos
YouTube allows you to watch videos offline if you have a premium membership. However, there’s no download option provided.
YouTube Video Download Prohibition
YouTube doesn’t allow you to download your own videos if:
- YouTube has removed your video.
- If there’s a copyright strike against it or if it is found in violation of the Community Guidelines.
- If the audio in your video if from the YouTube Music Library.
- If you’ve download your video 5 times in the past 24 hours. The download option isn’t available if the video has been downloaded 5 times. You would have to wait for 24 hours to pass, before the download option becomes available again.
YouTube Studio Download Option
The YouTube Studio option gives you the flexibility of downloading selected videos, unlike Google Takeout.
Steps to Download Your Own YouTube Videos
Here are the steps on how to go about it:
Login to your YouTube account and go to YouTube Studio.
Select Content on the left panel
Hover your mouse over your preferred video on the right and you’ll see three vertical dots. Click on the dots.
You’ll see a dropdown menu with a download option. Click on the download option.
Once you’ve downloaded the video you can check to see the resolution of the video.