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5. Embedding and Downloading YouTube Videos

YouTube videos play on an increasing number of devices, including most modern smartphones, Apple TV, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android, TiVo, PlayStation, Wii, Xbox, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Roku.

Embedding YouTube Videos

To embed a video means to make it playable on a web page outside of YouTube. You do this by pasting some HTML code onto the web page at the spot where you want to embed the video. To get the HTML, user your computer to go to the YouTube video you want to embed. Under the video, choose Share, and then choose Embed. From the box that appears, copy the HTML code and then paste the code into the HTML of your blog or website at the spot where you want the video to appear.

Preventing Videos from Embedding

If you do not want people to embed your video, on the other hand, you can disable the embedding with your Video Manager, where you go to the video you want to prevent embedding and choose Edit. Under the video, choose Advanced settings, and under Distribution Options, uncheck the Allow embedding checkbox.

Downloading YouTube Videos

Although you can download MP4 files of videos you have uploaded, YouTube does not normally let you download other people’s videos. YouTube Red members, however, can use the YouTube app to save videos to view offline on their mobile device. For more about YouTube Red, follow this link to the benefits of subscribing to YouTube Red.

YouTube Downloader

It is not a good idea to attempt downloading YouTube videos unless YouTube provides a download button enabling you to do so. Third-party software and websites that download video violate YouTube’s terms of service. For more, follow this link to PC Magazine’s article about downloading YouTube videos.