Sometimes you like a music video so much you want to keep the video to watch it all the time. Or maybe you found yourself in a news clip online and want to download it to show your friends or your mom. Whatever the reason, this guide will show you how to keep videos from Youtube to save to your computer or phone.

This tutorial uses a free video editing website called Kapwing. On Kapwing, you can download YouTube videos as MP4s or as an MP3. There are three simple steps:

  1. Open a free Convert Video tool
  2. Choose File Format
  3. Download MP4

Step 1: Open a Convert Video Tool

Get started by going to Kapwing’s Convert Video tool. Then, import your video from YouTube by copying and pasting the Youtube URL . You want to download to the free Kapwing convert video tool, available here.

Convert Video Tool

Step 2: Choose File Format

If you just want to download the video, choose the MP4 option to get a video file copy of your YouTube video. You can use the “Trim” button to select a section of the video instead of downloading the whole thing.

MP4 File Format to Save

Kapwing has 4 different formats available.

  • MP3 – Convert the YouTube format to save a digital version of the soundtrack or music.
  • GIF – Convert your video into an animated GIF up to 10 seconds long.
  • JPEG and PNG – Save a single image frame from your
  • MP4 – multimedia format for digital video. Use for video (this is probably the one you will want to use)

Step 3: Download

After you select "MP4," click "Publish" to save the YouTube video from the web. Kapwing will extract the video from YouTube and process it as an MP4 file.

Once your video has been processed, you can download it to your computer or phone. Click the purple “Download video” to get the YouTube video as an MP4 on your device. You now have the video saved so that you can watch it offline, use it in other projects, and publish it on social media.

Is Kapwing Safe?

Notice that Kapwing has no annoying ads, clickbait, or spammy videos playing in the sidebar? That's because Kapwing is totally free! We make money from people storing their videos and using Pro tools, but downloading videos is an ad-free experience.

Yes, Kapwing is a startup backed by investors and run by former Googlers from San Francisco. We’ve built everything from scratch and don’t require people to give their personal information to use our tools. We are a small online video creation startup eager to make working with video easier for modern creators.

Is Kapwing Free?

Yes, it is! Our convert video feature is 100% free — we provide this service at no cost with no watermark. It’s a great tool for capturing screenshots from YouTube videos and making Youtube videos into GIFs. The Convert Video tool also works for saving Instagram videos and Facebook videos.