There’s an undeniable charm in having your favourite YouTube videos at the tip of your fingers, regardless of whether you’re on the grid or miles away. Whether you’re planning for a long-distance flight, a Wi-Fi-less adventure, or a family trip with kids, having a stash of videos can be a lifesaver. And while YouTube Premium does offer the convenience of downloading videos, not everyone wants another monthly subscription added to their list. Thankfully, Mac users have a built-in solution, thanks to the macOS Mojave update.
Utilizing Built-in MacBook Features for YouTube Downloads
From macOS Mojave, Apple introduced a native screen recording feature that can be utilized for many tasks, including downloading YouTube videos. This built-in utility means there’s no need for third-party software or any additional expenses. Here’s a simplified guide:
- Locate your video: Head to YouTube and search for the video you want to record. Once you’ve found it, ensure it’s set to your preferred quality. While you can have it in full-screen for a more immersive experience, keeping it in windowed mode will give you more control.
- Initiate the screen recording: A simple keyboard shortcut is all you need to get started. Press Command + Shift + 5. This will bring up the screen recording options. Choose the ‘record entire screen’ button.
- Play and record: Play your YouTube video with the recording option selected. As the video plays, your MacBook will record it in real-time.
- End the recording: Once you’ve captured all you need, there’s a stop button available at the top of the screen. Clicking on it will immediately save the recording.
Now, you have your YouTube video saved directly on your MacBook. The beauty of this method is its simplicity and the absence of any external tools or applications.
This feature offers users a way to save videos. It presents an opportunity to capture any other activity on the screen, making it an invaluable tool for tutorials, presentations, and other projects.