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Can’t Download from YouTube, What to Do?

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Can’t Download from YouTube, What to Do?

It’s no longer a secret that anyone can download video and music from YouTube. However, this is impossible without special software, plugin, or web service. Since functioning of all these tools depends a lot on inner YouTube mechanisms, it’s an often problem that you can’t download from YouTube anymore using them. What to do? Find answers in the article below.

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Why YouTube downloaders stop working?

YouTube is the most popular video site and it’s constantly being improved and updated. There are frequent experiments with the site design and layout. The more often they do experiments with coding, which an average YouTube user will never notice, but which can affect the way YouTube videos are hosted, streamed and downloaded.video downloader error

For example, at the beginning of 2015 YouTube switched to HTML5 video player mode instead of Flash one. Visually, nothing has changed, but this transition influenced the video hosting technology, and some YouTube download tools stopped working.

From our own experience, we can say that YouTube makes changes in video coding at least once in two months. Usually these changes affect the majority of YouTube download software and services because they use the pretty similar download algorithms. The rare exceptions are the tools which work on video capturing basis, but they are not among the top used apps for fast video download.

What to do if you can’t download from YouTube?

First, don’t panic. Before writing to support or asking on forums, have a look at your YouTube downloader developer’s social channels. They might announced the problem and possible troubleshooting time frames. So you have nothing to do than to wait until they fix the problem and release an update. Of course, you can search for another YouTube download tool, but as the matter of fact all of them experience the same problems.

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Here at Freemake, we try to react to similar situations as soon as possible. Believe me, some of our developers have fixed YouTube download problems at night and on holidays. That’s why Freemake tools are among the firsts to overcome YouTube changes. The only thing you should do is to upgrade them to the latest version. Just go to the products pages, click Download button and install the new software:

Alternatively, you may wait until Freemake tools will inform you about the new version available in the main window, once you start the program.

New versonIn case you use other software or service to download YouTube videos or MP3s, go to the official site and see if there’s any new version or update message displayed. If the tool you use is regularly updated, it won’t take much time for the developers to fix YouTube download problem.

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What do do if I can’t download an exact YouTube video?

In case you don’t see any announcements from developers concerning the mass YouTube download trouble, this might be a local problem on your PC. For example, you’ve just downloaded dozens of YouTube videos and can’t save a particular one. The problem might be in a system glitch or in that exact video.

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In the first case, a simple PC reset and software relaunch must help. Additionally, you can re-install the software from the official website.

In the second case, there’s little possibility that the video can be downloaded in general. Though Freemake Video Downloader supports a wide range of YouTube content types (playlists, channels, favorites, movies), it can’t download RTMP/RTMPE videos and several movies and videos hosted by branded YouTube channels. So here you may try other video downloaders, but they may also appear unuseful. Alternatively, you may write to us and send your particular YouTube links, so that we could test them and add the support for them to our software.