It’s no longer a secret that anyone can download video and music from YouTube. It’s much more convenient than watching them online. First of all, you won’t need a connection to watch a video or listen to a music track, and then you will be sure that you won’t lose an access to the video you like. It might happen if an owner decides to delete the file or a YouTube account. Moreover, you can upload a saved video or MP3 track to your smartphone or tablet and enjoy it wherever you go and whenever you want.
To save a YouTube video, audio, playlist, or channel, it’s necessary to have a special tool called YouTube downloader. It might be a browser-plugin (e.g. Video Downloadhelper), an online service, a browser with a built-in option to save videos or software. It’s up to you what to use. In most cases, the software is preferable. It is more stable than services, updated on a regular basis and provides many output options like MP4, MP3, M4A, WebM, FLV, etc. Besides that, right YouTube downloader is safer than plugins and services. Good software won’t install any 3d party apps and won’t change your browser settings.
Since functioning of all these tools depends on a lot of 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. Very 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.
For example, at the beginning of 2015 YouTube switched to HTML5 video player mode instead of a 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 announce 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.
Check your Internet connection. Try to download other files or stream movies. If you have any limits, check whether you have not exceeded available incoming traffic.
Make sure your software gets regular updates, especially if you use browser plugins. Unfortunately, many developers forget about them forever and ever. If your plugin has not been updated for many months, it’s high time to search for a new one.
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 first to overcome YouTube changes. The only thing you should do is to upgrade them to the latest version. Just go to the product pages, click the Download button and install the new software:
Alternatively, you may wait until Freemake tools inform you about the new version available in the main window, once you start the program.
Please note that Freemake tools can be installed only on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Win 10. Mac OS and Linux are not supported.
In 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 the YouTube download problem.
In case you use an online service, wait for some time. The drawback of the services of a kind is that when many people use them, they might become too slow or stop working at all. Tru to return later, it might help.
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What to 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 now can’t get a particular one. The problem might be a system glitch or that exact video.
In the first case, a simple PC reset and software relaunch must help. Additionally, you can re-install the software from the official website. Also, don’t forget to check if there are no issues with your Internet provider.
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 real-time videos, paid videos and several movies and videos hosted by branded YouTube channels. So here you may try other video downloaders. However, 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.
In case you want to download a country-restricted video, you can do it with the help of proxy and Freemake Video Downloader. You can easily find proxy settings online. Then:
- Download Freemake Video Downloader;
- Install the software on PC or laptop;
- Run the software and go to Options -> Connection;
- Insert the proxy settings you’ve found;
- Click the OK button to save the settings;
- Copy a URL of the restricted video;
- Choose an output video format and quality;
- Click the Download button to start the downloading process.
Pay attention that proxy using reduces your connection speed and thus increases the downloading time. So when your restricted video is saved, disable the proxy settings to download non-restricted videos at normal speed.
If you download a playlist and see that one or more videos can’t be downloaded, go to YouTube and check whether the videos are available for playback. They might have been deleted by an owner or due to copyright issues.
Hope this article helped you overcome the issues with YouTube downloading and get all your favorite videos for offline viewing. Please share it with your friends!