Over the years we’ve featured lots of different ways of downloading YouTube videos to your computer. Most of these solutions work really well but they either involve downloading software or visiting specialised websites.
That’s fine if you download videos regularly but if you are like me and only need to download them occasionally then the situation is less than ideal. Firstly, few of us want to install software that we only use very occasionally. Secondly, download websites are fine but who can remember their URLs when you need them?
Recently I came across a neat way to download any YouTube video just by prefixing the video URL with two characters. I’ve tried it several times now and it works a treat. Best of all, you only have to remember the two characters that you need to add to the video URL. As a bonus you can select the degree of compression/file size for the download file ranging from small and course through to large full HD.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Go to the YouTube page containing the YouTube video you want to download.
2. On that page, click in the browser address window. It should be displaying the video URL
3. Add the letters “SS” to the video URL immediately after the “WWW.” and before main part of the URL
4. Press return and you should be taken to thedownload website where you can select your download resolution and initiate the download itself.
If the YouTube video URL was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7nSxAlVrO8 change it to https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=p7nSxAlVrO8