How to Quickly Download a Video From YouTube

So, you’ve found a video that you really like on YouTube, and you want to save it for later. How do you do that? There are many tools available that will let you download a video from YouTube, but one of the quickest methods is to use this simple trick.

1. Go to the actual video that you want to download.

2. In between “www.” and “youtube” (in the address bar) add the letters “ss.” Your URL should now look similar to this:

3. Press the enter key and you will be directed to, a website that will allow you to download the video.

Note: By default only the MP4 video format is displayed, but you can click the “more” link to show more formats like FLV and 3GP (for mobile devices).

Click on "more" to see more download formats.

4. Click on the format and quality (ie. 360p, 480p, 720p) that you want to download. The video should begin to download, unless you have your browser set to “Ask where to save each file before downloading,” in which case you’ll need to choose a place to save it first.

It only takes a few minutes to download a short YouTube video to your computer.

Now, you can enjoy the video at your leisure.

Charnita Fance Charnita Fance

Charnita has been a Freelance Writer & Professional Blogger since 2008. As an early adopter she loves trying out new apps and services. As a Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS user, she has a great love for bleeding edge technology. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


  1. Sorry but, youtube already allow download file with any format and any quality. Why we need that site ?

    1. Hi Ertan,

      As far as I know, does not have a direct download feature…. Care to share how it’s done? I’d love to know. Thanks!

  2. Now if someone could just show how to get the file at a reasonable speed instead of Youtube’s painfully slow download…

    I also second Video Download Helper – but it’s still not fast.

  3. 1.Download “Internet download manager” from
    2.Install it.
    3.Open youtube videos or any videos websites.
    4.Click play on youtube video and there will be tab of Internet download manager onside video.
    5.Click on tab and download video.
    Or You may refer to this step by step guide, it will teach you how to download YouTube video to computer for free, it also works for the new youtube video and HD youtube video.
    Hope it helps.

  4. thx!
    You can also change “youtube” to “voobys” like this:
    it requires java installed on ur PC

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