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How to Record YouTube Videos

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Aug 08, 23, updated Mar 18, 24

YouTube is the most popular video streaming platform in the world. YouTube contains all the different categories of videos starting from entertainment to educational videos. In fact, YouTube is one of the most popular search engines where people find illustrative video solutions to their problems. There are times when you may want to record YouTube videos so that you can watch them offline anytime you want. However, YouTube does not come with an option so that you can download any video.

That is why you have to opt for a YouTube screen recorder depending on the device you are using. If you are using a PC, you need a dedicated screen recording software. Mac users can use QuickTime Player for recording the screen. You can also use an online tool to record YouTube live stream anytime you want. In this article, we will illustrate how to record YouTube videos on any device.

Note: We resolutely oppose all forms of copyright-infringing downloads. This tutorial is only for downloading YouTube videos/audio materials from your own channel.

Part 1 How to Record YouTube Videos on PC

Are you looking for an easy and reliable way to record Youtube videos on your PC? Look no further than Filmora. This is a powerful and capable video recording software, particularly created with advanced yet novice users in mind. Here’s a guide on how to use Filmora to record Youtube videos on your PC (Windows&Mac).

First of all, download and install Wondershare Filmora for Windows.

Method 1: Select "Record Screen Recorder" on the Startup Window.

filmora screen recorder

Method 2: Enter the player panel, click "File" > "Record Media", and choose the record option you prefer from "Record from Webcam", "Record PC Screen", or "Record Voiceover".

filmora screen recorder

Method 3: On the Search Media bar below the menu bar, click "Record", and three record options will be expanded: Record from Webcam, Record PC Screen, and Record Voiceover.

wondershare screen recorder

You will get a few seconds to start YouTube video before Filmora starts recording the screen.

Part 2 How to Record YouTube Videos on Mac

Here, we would like to recommend a tool for making screen recordings for YouTube videos. Filmora Screen Recorder can easily capture and record the operation on a Mac. Below are the 3 steps to start record YouTube videos. Now download and install Filmora on Mac first, then keep reading.

Here are 3 entrances you can find on Filmora to launch the Screen Recorder function:

1: From the Start Interface

While you launch Filmora, you will see "Screen Recorder" tab directly. Just click on it.

launch filmora screen recorder from main menu

2: From the Top Toolbar

Enter Filmora and navigate towards the "Files" > "Record Media". You will see 3 options for recording.

launch filmora screen recorder from the top toolbar

3: From the Search Bar Menu

Enter Filmora then find the search bar, the "Record" option just next to it. Select a suitable recording option. Then you can start the recording.

launch filmora screen recorder from the search bar

Guide: After selecting the screen recorder option, customize the recording settings you like, then click the "Red" button to start screen recording on Mac.

screen recorder bar of filmora mac

Part 3 How to Record YouTube Videos on iPhone

Recording YouTube videos on iPhone is the easiest because there is no need for a screen recorder for YouTube videos. This is because iOS 11 or later comes with an inbuilt screen recorder option with which you can record YouTube live stream and any video on YouTube. First, you have to enable screen recording feature on your iPhone. Here are the steps you need to follow.

iphone screen recording

Step 1: Open Settings app and tap on Control Centre.

Step 2: Go to Customize Controls and from the list, find Screen Recording option and enable it.

Step 3: Open YouTube app and open the video that you want to record.

Step 4: Bring up the Control Centre by swiping down or up as per your iPhone model.

Step 5: Tap on Screen recording icon to start recording. This will start recording and you will see a red bar on the screen. When you are done, you can stop recording from this red bar or blob as you see on your screen.

Part 4 How to Record YouTube Videos on Android

Unlike iPhone, Android does not come with an inbuilt YouTube screen recorder. That is why you will need to install an external screen recording app to capture YouTube videos. We recommend AZ Screen Recorder to capture YouTube videos instantly. Here are all the steps you need to take.

az screen recorder

Step 1: Go to Play Store and install AZ Screen Recorder.

Step 2: Launch AZ Screen Recorder and you will see an overlay bar on the screen.

Step 3: Open YouTube app and open the video that you want to record.

Step 4: On AZ Screen Recorder, tap on Record icon. You will get 3 seconds of buffer time to start playing your YouTube video before recording starts.

Step 5: When you are done recording, tap on Stop icon on AZ Screen Recorder. The recorded video file will be saved directly on Gallery.

Part 5 How to Record YouTube Videos Online

If you do not want to install any app on your phone or you do not want to install any software on your computer, you can opt for an online video capturing tool. This is useful for those who are not tech-savvy and want to capture YouTube video on the go. We recommend Screen Capture which is a YouTube recorder and screen capturing online tool.

Along with video, it can record audio from speakers as well as microphone. The only drawback is that it puts a watermark on the recorded video. To remove the watermark, you have to purchase a premium plan. Here are the simple steps to record any YouTube video with Screen Capture.

Step 1: Open the web browser on your device.

Step 2: Visit and turn on Sound option.

screen capture

Step 3: Open a new tab and open YouTube video that you want to capture.

Step 4: Come back to Screen Capture and click on Start Recording option.

Step 5: Select Chrome Tab option and select the tab where you have YouTube video. Click on Share button.

Step 6: When you are done recording, click on Stop Recording. Review the recorded video and click on Download button to save the video on your hard drive.


Depending on the device you are using, you have to follow the specific method on how to record YouTube videos. For iPhone users, screen recording feature comes inbuilt, and you just need to activate it to capture YouTube video. Android users can use AZ Screen Recorder app. If you are looking for an online tool, Screen Capture is great provided you opt for its premium plan to remove watermark. For Windows PC and Mac, you can use Wondershare Filmora to capture YouTube video and edit it out as required.

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