How to Download YouTube Videos:
The Ultimate Guide

If you have ever wanted to download your favorite YouTube videos and wondered if there was an easy and legal way to do so, look no further than Parallels Toolbox. Although you have several options for downloading videos, being cautious to choose a method that is both legal and not a security risk to your computer is a must in order to get the most out of your videos.

How to download YouTube videos

Although you have several options for downloading YouTube videos, considering their pros and cons is a must before downloading anything to your computer. Here is an overview of three of the best options available for quickly and securely downloading YouTube videos!

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player, which is available for both Windows and Mac computers, is one of the best free software programs available for a variety of video and audio uses. In addition to being a top choice for watching movies if your computer does not come with a DVD player or internal means of reading one, VLC Media Player comes with the ability to download YouTube videos.

VLC Media Player users will need to copy a YouTube video's URL to start the download process. After opening VLC Media Player, you will need to click Open Network Stream under the Media menu and paste in the URL. From there, you will need to click Play > Tools > Codec Information > Source. There, you will find a new URL to copy and paste into your browser, where you will be able to download the video to your computer.

Download videos directly from YouTube

YouTube has been allowing certain paid users to download videos directly to their phones and tablets for quite some time, and many users have wished it would do the same for desktop computers. According to several recent sources, YouTube may be about to start doing just that. Google has revealed that certain users who have the most recent version of Chrome, Edge, or Opera may be eligible to be part of a new feature it is currently testing that will give users the ability to download videos directly to their computers. You can go to the experimental features page in your YouTube account to see if you are eligible. If you opt to join the program, you will see a button to download the video when you play a particular video.

How to download YouTube videos using Parallels Toolbox

Parallels Toolbox also offers an easy and convenient option for downloading YouTube videos. Our all-in-one toolbox is packed with over 30 tools that will make your digital life easier, many of which are hard to find anywhere else. From downloading, recording, and converting a variety of audio and video formats to content creation, our innovative toolbox is the perfect solution to trying to keep multiple organizational tools organized.

Within our toolbox, you will be able to download videos from YouTube by clicking Library > Video > Download Video. You can then drag and drop the link to the video you want to download into the box that comes up to get started on the process. Your downloaded video will automatically be saved to your desktop, where you can adjust its file name, location, and other details as needed. Our process is faster and easier to remember how to do than other methods, which gives you more time to enjoy your videos instead of having to Google how to download them every time.


Downloading videos is just one of the many tools that can be found in our convenient toolbox. Being able to find everything you need to organize your digital life in one place gives you a better value than purchasing individual tools as you need them, and our simple steps for each process make Parallels Toolbox easier to use than many similar programs. Visit our website today to learn more about everything we have to offer or to download your free trial!