How To Download Your YouTube Videos Using Google Takeout

The process of downloading videos that you have uploaded to YouTube just got a lot more streamlined.  Previously, you could download individual transcoded videos using your YouTube Video Manager.  Now, using Google’s Data Liberation’s Google Takeout, you can download copies of all of the data stored within Google Products.

Head to google.com/takeout and login to your Google account.  Here you’ll be able to download an archive of data from +1s, Buzz, Circles, Contacts, Docs, Picasa, Profile, Stream, Voice or YouTube.  Click ‘Choose services’ and select YouTube.  Takeout will tell you how many estimated files you have and the estimated size of the download.

Click the red ‘Create Archive’ button at the bottom of the page and the service will start building your archive.  When it’s complete, click the ‘Download’ button and you can download the archive of all the videos you’ve uploaded to YouTube.

Note that if you only want to download specific individual videos from your YouTube account you can do so from your Video Manager.  Under the Edit dropdown menu next to each video you will find a ‘Download MP4’ option.

The Google Operating System blog points out, however, that this method can be less than ideal if you want to download large quantities of your videos as you can only download 2 videos per hour.  Additionally, you cannot download videos that have copyrighted content or audio tracks added through the Audio tool and a Download MP4 video will not appear next to content that has been downloaded within the past two hours.  What?!  Pretty shady, considering it’s content you created and uploaded yourself, right?

In a great article on how, where and when it’s okay to download YouTube videos, ReelSEO’s Mark Robertson offers up some advice on alternatives for downloading your videos.  We’ve also previously put together a list of ways to download YouTube videos.  However, YouTube has recently cracked down on these types of services, so today options are limited.

What do you think about YouTube’s limitations on downloads of your own videos?  Do you think you’ll be using Google Takeout to download your files?

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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.

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