How to download a YouTube video quickly without installing any apps

Many people are asking me constantly via email how to download a video from YouTube. Google has not implemented any official download option to protect copyrighted videos. However, there is a simple way to bypass that limitation and download any video you want. Here is how.
YouTube logo banner

First, we need to open the video which we want to download. For example, let it be my Lock Screen Customizer demo video. Click the following url:

Now, in the address bar, add two "s" letters before the "YouTube" part, to get the following url:

youtube ss

Press Enter, and the "" web service will be opened which will allow you to download the video immediately!

download from youtube is an impressive free service which allows you download videos directly from YouTube. It is not limited to YouTube - you can grab files from a huge list of supported services, including, or even Facebook.

Additionally, offers a free browser extension which can be used to download videos from supported services with one click. Personally, I am happy with the web service and do not install any extension.

If you know another useful way to download videos from YouTube, please share it in comments.


20 thoughts on “How to download a YouTube video quickly without installing any apps

  1. throkr

    Thanks for the tip !
    I wasn’t aware of this and that it could be that easy …

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


    2. frank

      when I use the ss to download videos I get a message “this site is not safe” even since I started using window 10

  2. Tushar Sinha

    Thank you for this useful information.

  3. faraz

    You can download idm app it will download video in a seconds.

  4. muttu

    that was awsome
    another way is to add magic in beetween you and tube in the URL

  5. paulaadriananew

    I use Allavsoft to download YouTube Playlist to MP3, MP4, AVI, etc on Mac/Windows
    I prefer its batch download and direclty download to any video and music video format.

  6. matt sone

    Valuable information. Thanks for the sharing. I’d also recommend Acethinker Video Downloader which I have used for many years. It is a free cloud based software to download YouTube videos without installing anything in your device.

  7. ansil

    thanks for sharing Information About how to download youtube videos on pc without software

  8. Bob

    I use a Javascript bookmarklet called PwnYouTube. It has worked for 10+ years for me without any issues or any changes made to YouTube.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


  9. Rahul

    the service is not available at all time!

  10. Jeff S. Owens

    I suggest you to use Tubemate for downloading and converting videos online. No need to purchase or download any software.
    It is free, fast and easy to use. just give it a try.

  11. Xavier42

    Thanks for sharing!
    Generally, I use VidPaw YouTube Video Downloader which is secure and easy-to-use. There are no Ads. It’s useful to convert and download Online Video, MP3 at the best quality in a fast and easy way. I have used it on both my Andriod and Windows.

  12. Devian Studio

    thanks for sharing!

  13. Fastvideo Converter

    Really helpful and appreciable! Keep sharing.

  14. saim raj


  15. Dean Mccoy

    chedot downloads youtube vids also

  16. Maria Baeza

    After finding your article, I followed your methods, and it’s workable for me. Now I can download any youtube video without installing any software. This article is very helpful for all of us. I will share this blog with my friends. Keep sharing your ideas.

  17. Lesly sanchez

    im really going to have really fun with this website because you can see your favorite videos


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