How to Record YouTube Videos on Any Device

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January 30, 2024
December 8, 2023
Andrew Kozik
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Helena Raise
January 30, 2024
December 8, 2023


With over 2 billion users, YouTube has become the go-to source for how-to videos, viral clips, music, vlogs, and more. But can you download or record videos from YouTube? While YouTube doesn't allow video downloads, you can easily record YouTube videos to watch offline using screen recording tools.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll cover different ways to record YouTube videos on desktop, mobile, and online for saving or repurposing. We'll also highlight how Screen Story provides a uniquely powerful yet simple way to capture YouTube videos on your Mac.

Reasons to Record YouTube Videos

Here are some examples of when it can be useful to record YouTube videos:

  • Watch videos offline when internet access is limited
  • Save favorite clips, songs, or how-to videos
  • Archive memorable moments and events
  • Store educational videos for later reference
  • Capture clips or audio for fair use in your own content
  • Troubleshoot technical issues by examining footage

While downloading YouTube videos outright is prohibited, short screen recordings for personal use are generally permitted under fair use policy. Now let's look at recording options.

How to Record YouTube Videos On Windows

The Xbox Game Bar included in Windows 10 provides basic screen recording capability. Open it with Win + G and use the screen record feature to capture YouTube. Third party apps like OBS Studio offer more control.


How to Record YouTube Videos On Mac

QuickTime Player allows recording your screen including audio. Or use built-in macOS tools by pressing Command + Shift + 5. To customize, use apps like Screenflow.


For easy YouTube recording, browser extensions like Awesome Screenshot & Recorder add one-click recording and annotations. But for more advanced editing, a dedicated app like Screen Story is ideal.

Recording YouTube on Mobile

Your smartphone also makes it easy to screen record videos.

 How to Record YouTube Videos On iPhone

Access the Control Center by swiping down and hit the Screen Record button. You can include microphone audio. Tap the red status bar to stop recording.


How to Record YouTube Videos On Android

Android 11+ has built-in screen recording in Quick Settings. 

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen.
  2. Tap Screen record:

  • You might need to swipe right to find it.
  • If it's not there, tap Edit and drag Screen record to your Quick Settings.
  1. Choose what you want to record and tap Start. The recording begins after the countdown. You can choose whether to record audio and show touches on the screen before you start.
  2. To stop recording, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Screen recorder notification

For older devices, download recorder apps like AZ Screen Recorder.

While quick and convenient, mobile recording lacks robust customization options. Let's look at recording YouTube online.

How to Record YouTube Videos Online

Web-based screen recorders allow capturing YouTube without any software installs.

Platforms like Loom and Movavi integrate recording and sharing workflows. Browser extensions like Awesome Screenshot & Recorder also enable one-click YouTube recording.

Online tools provide lightweight recording accessible from any device. But installed desktop apps offer more versatility for serious recording and editing.

Advanced YouTube Recording with Screen Story

For Mac users wanting to not just capture but enhance recordings into compelling videos, Screen Story provides the perfect solution tailored specifically for YouTube use.

Let's explore what makes Screen Story stand out for recording YouTube:

One-Click Instant Recording

Launch Screen Story and instantly start recording your screen including YouTube audio with one click.

Picture-in-Picture Mode

Record your webcam reaction simultaneously in a movable inset window.

Auto Zoom Detection

Screen Story will detect faces and automatically zoom in on reactions.

Polished Cursor Effects

Animate clicks and typing for elegant, engaging demos and tutorials.

Built-In Editing Suite

Trim, rearrange, and export your YouTube videos without switching apps.

Let's see how easy it is to record YouTube using Screen Story's purpose-built capabilities.

Recording YouTube Videos with Screen Story

Follow these simple steps:

Step 1

Download and install Screen Story on your Mac. When you launch the app, it will request Accessibility and Screen recording permission. Allow everything and you are ready to create your first Screen recording.

Step 2 (Optional)

Choose your desired Picture-in-Picture layout showing your reaction cam (if needed).


Step 3

Click Record to begin capturing your recording.


Step 4

Switch to the browser tab with YouTube and play your video. Screen Story will record it in the background.

Step 5

Pause or stop recording when done. Trim and export your video from Screen Story.

With just a couple clicks, Screen Story empowers you to reliably capture any YouTube video enhanced with pro touches like auto zooms and cursor animations.

Creative Uses for Recorded YouTube Videos

The possibilities are endless for repurposing recorded YouTube content:

  • Make reaction videos showing your response to funny or surprising moments.
  • Produce demo reels highlighting techniques from DIY or cooking videos.
  • Create animated explainers utilizing clips from educational videos.
  • Compile a bloopers reel from funny game stream moments.
  • Review products shown on YouTube in your own videos.
  • Sample audio clips from YouTube music videos.

Remember to use recordings creatively under fair use for things like commentary and criticism.

FAQs About YouTube Video Recording

Some common questions about capturing videos from YouTube:

Is it legal to download YouTube videos?

Downloading full YouTube videos is prohibited by copyright law in most cases. However, short recordings of clips for fair use purposes is permissible.

Does YouTube notify if you screen record a video?

No, YouTube isn't able to detect when someone records videos from the site using screen recording software.

Where are YouTube video recordings saved?

Desktop apps usually save recordings locally on your computer or to the cloud. Mobile recordings go to your device's Photos or Gallery.

Which is better - mobile or desktop recording?

Desktop tools allow more customization and editing capabilities. But mobile recording is handy for quick captures on the go.

What's the maximum time you can record from YouTube?

Legally you should limit clips to under one or two minutes and only what's essential to make your point under fair use policy.

Enhance Your YouTube Recordings with Screen Story

Thanks to handy screen recording tools, saving clips or snippets from YouTube for offline or fair use is easy on both desktop and mobile. While built-in recorders provide basics, advanced software like Screen Story takes your YouTube recordings to the next level with powerful yet intuitive features to create compelling videos. Give it a try next time you want to capture engaging footage from YouTube on your Mac!

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