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How Can I Download a Video from Websites for Free?

By Jo Marshall
Share to PinterestHow Can I Download a Video from Websites for Free?

There are lots of reasons you might want to download a video. You might want to watch it later when you have more time or share it with others in your household when they get home. You might want to refer to it for research. No matter the reason, it’s helpful to learn how to download a video from just about any website for free. The following steps can help you as you navigate the downloading process when using an online downloader.


Choose a Video to Download

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First, open your browser. Then visit a website such as YouTube, Clipfish, or Dailymotion, sites that are famous for hosting lots of video content. Take your time and browse through some videos. Choose one that you want to download to your computer or laptop. The type of video you choose doesn’t matter. It might be a cooking tutorial, a vintage cartoon, or a music video.


Select Address

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Next, you will need to select your chosen video’s web address. Typically, you can just click on the address bar, and your address will be selected or highlight. If this click didn’t choose the address text, you might have to use your mouse to highlight the entire address. You can also click on the address bar and then try clicking again. You might have double-clicked the first time, which would have prevented selection.


Copy Selection

The reason you selected or highlighted the web address in your chosen video in the last step is that you need to copy the address in this step. Highlighting allows you to do that. You can copy your selected text by right-clicking on the selection and choosing “copy” from the drop-down menu. If you are using Windows, you can do a “Control C” to copy your selection using your keyboard. If you are using a Mac, you can hit “Command C” to copy your selection.

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Convert2MP3 Website

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Next, you will need to open your Convert2MP3 website. This website allows you to convert videos into various formats for downloading. In other words, it’s an online video downloader. Read the terms of the site to ensure that you’re downloading safely and legally. The Convert2MP3 website is popular with many people who download videos and want to do so reliably and efficiently.


Click Text Field: Video Link

Now you are ready to click the “video link” text field. You’ll find this on the Convert2MP3 website below the “insert video link” URL. You will want to hit the “select format” button that’s located in the middle of the page. This is a major step, so you want to ensure you're hitting the right field!

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Paste the Video's Address

Remember when you selected your video’s address and copied it? That address is waiting to be pasted. In this step, you will paste the video’s address in the text field presented. You can right-click with your mouse and select “paste” from the drop-down menu. Your address should then paste to the text field. You can also use your keyboard to hit “control V” if you are using Windows or hit “command V” if using a Mac.

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Find the MP3 Box

Now, you are ready to find and click the MP3 Box. An MP3 is a compressed file that will contain your video. If you tried to download a 30-megabyte video to your computer, it might take hours. By compressing that content into MP3 form, you can efficiently download a music video in moments. For a video, click the MP3 box. When the drop-down menu appears, choose the MP4. This file is perfect for your video content.

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Choose Your Quality

When you select your MP4 file, you can choose the quality from the drop-down menu that appears next to the MP4 quality tag. Remember, you cannot select a quality that is higher than the actual quality of the video. Qualities like 360p, 480p, 720p, or 1080p are common choices. If you’re sharing something to social media, you might want to select 1080p.

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Click the Convert Button

Now you are ready to click the convert button. This action will produce your MP4 download link from your chosen video. If you get an error message or if the site tells you to select a different video, you can try. If you get the same messages, the downloader site is probably undergoing routine maintenance. You can try to convert and download your original video later.

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Click the Download Button

Hooray! You’ve reached the final step in the conversion and download process. Click the button that says “download.” The button should be located centrally on the page and will be colored green. You might be prompted to choose a download location on your device where the video can be sent and stored. In most cases, once you click that button, downloading will begin. Don’t forget to save your newly downloaded content.

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