How to Fix Cannot Download YouTube Video

Last updated on September 24, 2019 by Mary

When talking about streaming and downloading videos online, it is no doubt that most crawlers of the internet go for YouTube. The fact that it is the most popular, it also holds a huge catalog of videos in a different genre. However, ever since the site switch from Flash One player to HTML 5 player, a lot of changes occurred. One noticeable feature is the ability to download the video directly on your computer or mobile device. Due to this change, many Youtube tools dwindle, that causes the site to enforce changes on the site’s privacy. Now, you can just save the video for online viewing on the app and not intended for sharing. Also, this is to address copyright issues concerning the original owners of each video uploaded by the Youtuber. Despite these changes, there are still feasible ways if you cannot download YouTube video. We listed some of the tools that work with the said site.

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AceThinker Video Keeper

The first tool that you can consider using is AceThinker Video Keeper. This is a professional tool that allows its users to fetch videos from numerous sites including YouTube. The tool has the capability to download on restrictive video sharing and movie sites through the use of the auto-detection feature. Not all downloading software can do that. That is what this tool stands out among the rest. Not only it can download, but it can also convert videos on different formats through the converter incorporated. This tool has a lot more to offer. So, if you want to try more of it, you can download the app on your Windows or Mac computer by clicking the shortcut buttons below. Then follow the rest of the steps below.

Step1 Install the AceThinker Video Keeper

First, download the AceThinker Video Keeper by clicking one of the “Download” buttons below. Then, launch it, and proceed on following the installation wizard to install the tool on your PC.

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Step2 Download videos manually

Both manual and auto-detection of downloading videos supported by the tool work with YouTube. The difference lies in the process of acquiring the video. The manual downlad is done by copying the link of the target video. Then from the main interface of the tool click the “Download” tab and click the “Paste URL” button. See the picture below for a clear demonstration. You can also download a playlist here. The other way is by using the auto-detector of the tool. With this, you do not have to copy and paste the video link. All you need to do is go to “Detect” use the built-in browser to search for YouTube. Find the video you wish to download and play it. While the video is playing, you will see a download button highlighted in blue on the right side of the video screen. Click it to add it to your download queue.

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NOTE: The download button only appears when you are on Youtube. However, if you are on a different site the download button won’t show. Instead, the video is automatically downloaded. You just need to turn on the detector located at the bottom left side of the interface. If you see “Disable detector” it means it is on, otherwise it is off. Just click it to turn it on.

Step3 Check downloaded Video

All video downloaded on both method whether manual or automatic are saved on “Completed” under the download tab.

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Free Online Downloader

If you are not prepared using a premium downloaders like Video Keeper, you can use a free online downloader from the same maker which is Acethinker. This is like a free version of the manual download of the first tool mentioned. You just need the link of the video to fetch the video. You also do not need to download it on your computer; instead, you just need a working internet connection and a browser to use it. To start using the tool, follow the instructions below.

Step1 Copy the link of the video

First go to Youtube search and play the target video. Copy the link of the video you wish to download. Then, visit the official website of AceThinker Free Online Downloader to begin downloading videos.

Step2 Paste the video link

Next, paste the link copied into the “URL field” given below. Then click the download button to initiate the process.

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Step3 Download the video

Lastly, choose the format of the video that you think you will need. Afterward, use your computer mouse to point the cursor to the blue download button, besides the format chosen. Right-click and choose “Save Link As”.

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Android Video Downloader

mainpage Next, is an app that works with any Android device. Well, there is a lot of downloaders you can find in Playstore. Guess what majority of them are junks. Yes! Bunch of apps does false advertisements and descriptions. Aside from that majority of them, Youtube is not supported. However, ultimate video downloader is different. It is reliable and easy to use. This has similar function with Video Keeper’s auto detection. To know more about it, keep on reading.

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User guide:

  • First open Play store on your Android device and search for Ultimate Video Downloader.
  • You must type the exact name, or else you will get a bunch of junks in the result.
  • Download and install the application. Launch it afterward.
  • Next use the browser of the app and search for From there keep scrolling until you find the video you want.
  • Lastly, to get the video, head-up to the “Download” button beside the address bar of the browser.
  • Another window then will pop where you can change the file name.
  • You will also be given a choice to download it as an audio file. Simply tap “OK” to start the downloading process.
  • To check the download process swipe the notification bar down. From there you will see the progress until it is finished.
iOS Video Downloader

qdownloader  mainpage So far, all options given are for computer platforms. This time we will talk about an option that works with iOS devices. As we all know, Apple is very restrictive with its software so it is really difficult to find or develop an app that works perfectly with it. Yet instead of downloading an app, we will use a different approach in acquiring videos to iOS. This time you use an online downloader similar to Free online downloader by Acethinker. This time we will use QDownloader. It is an online downloader that works with Safari browser. All you have to do is…

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Here’s how you use iOS Video Downloader:

  • Using your phone’s Safari browser search for the QDownloader website. Then open another tab and go to Youtube.
  • On the YouTube site, scroll and look for a video you want to download.
  • Copy the video link, and then go back to Qdownloader site. Paste the link into the URL field given.
  • Click the download button to initiate the process.
  • Lastly, to get the video to choose the format that you like then tap and hold on the “Download” button beside the format chosen. Choose “Save.”
  • The video will then be saved on your phone’s internal memory.
Extra Tips: Cannot Download YouTube

There only a few reasons why you might not be able to download or copy any content from YouTube. First, you must make sure that your internet connection is stable enough. A site like Youtube requires a huge space on your internet connection. Next, check certain limitations you set either on your browser settings or computer settings. That can be a possible issue. Lastly, make sure to update your software, drivers and most especially browser plug-ins. Because everything keeps on updating for the better, some changes from the update might not work for the old plug-in used. So, you have to make sure to update them regularly.

Cannot extract an exact YouTube MP3 track

If there are no announcements from the developers saying about service error, then the problem might be on your computer. You can restart your PC and reopen the software to fix the problem. Also, there some instances that the Youtube MP3 is restricted to some region. If your place does not allow to extract YouTube MP3 track, and if you see this message “We are sorry, converting YouTube music videos is not possible in your territory/region.” Then, you will need to use a free proxy setting online and put them to Freemake to MP3 tool to download region restricted MP3. You can follow the steps below on how to do it.

Download geo-restricted MP3 track:

  • First, download the Freemake MP3 Boom and install it on your PC
  • Next, launch the Freemake MP3 Boom and go to Options, then Connection, and insert the proxy setting you’ve found on the net
  • Then, click the “OK” button to save the option
  • Once done, copy the link of the restricted MP3, and select your preferred format and quality
  • Lastly, click the “Convert” button to start converting and downloading the file

Take note that proxy decreased your internet connection, and slow the conversion time. You must disable the proxy settings after you download the region restricted MP3 track to avoid slow connection on your PC. Also, YouTube updates and adds new codecs and video formats, so it might be a reason why you can’t extract a YouTube MP3 file. You can contact Youtube’s developer along with the link of the MP3 so they can test and add the support of its new algorithm on YouTube to MP3 software.


All apps mentioned are helpful when it comes to downloading videos online. All options were given no matter what platform or device you are using. However, if you want to have everything in one tool, Video Keeper is suggested. It is a video downloader, screen recorder, and a converter. Everything you will need is incorporated into one tool. On the other hand, if you have comments and suggestions you can leave us a message under the comment section below.

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