YouTube has held the throne of online video sharing and hosting for years. So many of your favorite videos are held on YouTube. But what if you want to save them for yourself? What if you want to watch them offline, or make them into a compilation video? If you want to pay for YouTube Premium, you can download any video you like, but there’s an easy way to download your favorite YouTube videos for free!

I’m going to show you how to save YouTube videos as MP4 videos using a free online tool called Kapwing. Kapwing is conveniently web-based, easy to learn, and can be used on your computer, phone, or tablet! You’ll need just three steps to convert and save YouTube videos as MP4s:

  1. Find Your Video
  2. Upload the Video to Kapwing
  3. Publish and Download as an MP4!

Step 1: Find Your Video

Finding your video on YouTube is an easy task – just search for the video on YouTube or Google, or follow a link to the video you want to download. You can find pretty much any video you want, from lyrics videos to news broadcasts.

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Once you’ve arrived at the video you want, just copy the URL! If you’re working on a computer, click on the website’s URL at the top of the page to highlight it, then right-click on the highlighted link and click “Copy.” If you’re using the YouTube app on a phone or tablet, tap the “Share” button (it should look like a curved arrow) and then tap “Copy Link.”

Step 2: Upload the Video to Kapwing

Uploading your video to Kapwing is just as easy! First, go to and click “Get Started.” This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing’s photo and video editing tools in one convenient place.

A quick look at the Kapwing Studio. Look at all those chickens tools!

To upload your YouTube video, click on the field that says “Paste an image or video URL.” Now, right click (or just tap once more on a phone or tablet) on the field and select “Paste.” Kapwing will work its magic and upload your video to the Studio, where you can make any edits you want! For tutorials on adding text, filters, shapes, and more, check out the Kapwing Resources page.

Step 3: Publish and Download as an MP4!

Now that your video has been uploaded to the Kapwing Studio, and you’re done making all the edits you want, just click “Publish” in the upper right-hand corner! Kapwing will immediately start processing your video.

Once your video is done processing, you’ll go to a page where you can download or continue to edit. Just click “Download” and Kapwing will save the video to your device!

Your favorite video is just a click away!

If you’re using a phone, you’ll need to download the Kapwing mobile app to download your YouTube video. The mobile app is a really small download, doesn’t require any login whatsoever, and is only meant to help you download your videos to your phone! Simply search for “Kapwing” in the App Store and you’ll be able to download the videos you make on Kapwing in no time!

Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media – we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to check out the Kapwing Resources page! We’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.