How To Download a Streaming Video

If you have a limited data plan or anticipate going to places with a poor internet connection, you may want to download videos for watching later. That is possible even for videos found on streaming sites.

How To Download a Streaming Video

This article will discuss how to do just that across different platforms and browsers and offer up some of the best tools for this.

How to Download a Streaming Video From Any Website in Chrome on a Windows PC

By adding an extension to your Chrome browser, you can download videos from any website. If you want to download videos on a daily basis, this is an excellent option since it’s quick and easy. One of the most popular Chrome extensions for this is Video DownloadHelper. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Visit the website.
  3. Tap “Install.”
  4. Tap “Install on Chrome.”
  5. Tap “Add to Chrome.”
  6. Tap “Add extension.”
  7. The extension will appear at the top-right corner next to the address bar.
  8. Whenever you come across a downloadable video, you’ll see the extension icon become enabled. Tap the icon and then the download button.
  9. The video will download to your computer.

The downside of this method is that downloading YouTube and TikTok videos isn’t available. To download YouTube videos, you’ll need online video downloaders. Our top recommendation is SaveFrom. It’s easy to use and works for other sites apart from YouTube.

Here’s how you can download a YouTube video using SaveFrom:

  1. Open Google Chrome and go to YouTube.
  2. Find the video you want to download and copy its link.
  3. Visit the downloader’s website.
  4. Paste the videos’ link.
  5. Tap “Download.”
  6. Choose the video’s resolution.
  7. Tap “Download” again.
  8. The video will download to your computer.

Another alternative is to use an app, such as 4K Video Downloader. You can use it to download YouTube videos, playlists, and channels, in addition to hundreds of other websites. Since it’s not a Chrome Web Store app, there are no restrictions on downloading videos anywhere.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open your browser and visit the website.
  2. Download and install the program.
  3. Copy the link of the video you want to download and paste it into the program.
  4. If the video is a part of a playlist, you’ll see a pop-up message asking if you’d like to download the whole playlist or just the clip.
  5. Choose the resolution.
  6. Tap Download
  7. The video will be saved to your computer.

How to Download a Streaming Video From Any Website in Chrome on a Mac

You can download videos in Chrome for Mac using an extension or an online downloader. As with the Windows version, you can’t download YouTube or TikTok videos with an extension.

One popular Chrome extension, highly recommended among Mac users, is Video Downloader Professional. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open Chrome and visit this website.
  2. Tap “Add to Chrome.”
  3. Tap “Add extension.”
  4. The extension’s icon will appear on the right of the address bar.
  5. Whenever you open a downloadable video, you’ll see the icon turning into a green arrow.
  6. Tap the icon to start downloading.

To download YouTube and TikTok videos, you can use an online video downloader.

The one we recommend for Mac is SaveFrom, and here’s how to use it:

  1. Open Chrome and find a video to download.
  2. Visit the SaveFrom site.
  3. Enter the video’s link.
  4. Tap Download
  5. The video will be saved to your computer.

How to Download a Streaming Video From Any Website in Firefox on Windows

Unlike with Chrome, there are no limitations when using Firefox extensions to download videos. This means you can use an extension to download videos from any website, including YouTube and TikTok.

You’ll find dozens of extensions for downloading streaming videos, of which our recommendation is Video Downloader Professional.

  1. Open Mozilla and visit the addon site.
  2. Tap “Add to Firefox.”
  3. Tap “Add.”
  4. The icon will appear on the right of the address bar.
  5. Whenever there’s a downloadable video, the icon will turn into a green arrow. If there are multiple videos, select the one you wish to download and tap the arrow.
  6. The video will be downloaded to your computer.

How to Download a Streaming Video From Any Website in Firefox on Mac

We like Video Downloader Professional for both Mac and Windows (as described above).

  1. Open Mozilla and visit this webpage.
  2. Tap “Add to Firefox.”
  3. Tap “Add.”
  4. The icon will appear on the right of the address bar.
  5. Whenever you come across a downloadable video in Mozilla, the extension’s icon will turn into a green arrow. If there are more videos available, choose one and tap the arrow.
  6. The video will be downloaded to your computer.

If this doesn’t work, you can install an application like 4K Video Downloader or use online video downloaders.

How to Download a Streaming Video From Any Website on an Android Device

If you want to download streaming videos on an Android device, there are several apps available on the Play Store. All Video Downloader and Download Video Free are especially popular, though you can’t use them to download YouTube videos and may have to contend with an abundance of ads.

In this case, we recommend the simplest solution: using an online video downloader. As previously mentioned, one of the best is SaveFrom.

  1. Copy the link to the video you want to download.
  2. Open the browser on your Android device and visit SaveFrom.
  3. Paste the link and tap the arrow next to it.
  4. Choose the preferred quality and tap “Download.”

This video downloader also has a mobile app. However, this isn’t mandatory and you can download videos even without the app.

How to Download a Streaming Video From Any Website on an iPhone

As with Android, the best way to download videos from any website is with an online video downloader. This way, you don’t have to install anything and deplete your storage.

  1. Copy the link to the video you want to download.
  2. Open Safari and visit this webpage.
  3. Paste the link and tap the arrow next to it.
  4. Choose the desired resolution and tap “Download.”

How to Download a Streaming Video From JW Player

If you want to download videos from the JW player, follow the steps below:

  1. Install the Internet Download Manager (IDM) by visiting the site.
  2. Install the extension on your browser.
  3. Play the video that you want to download. You’ll see a “Download this video” option at the top-right corner of the video.
  4. Tap “Start download.”

Unfortunately, this option is only available for Windows users. Mac users can turn to Cisdem Video Converter to download a video from the JW Player.

  1. Copy the URL of the video you wish to download.
  2. Visit this page to download and install the Cisdem Video Converter.
  3. Open the download tab.
  4. Paste the video’s URL.
  5. Tap “Download.”

How to Download a Live Stream Video From Facebook

If you’ve posted a live video on Facebook and wish to download it, you’ll be happy to know that it’s simple to do:

  1. Go to the video and click on it.
  2. Tap the three dots next to the video.
  3. Tap “Download video.”
  4. The video will now open in a separate tab. Tap the three dots again and “Download.”

If you want to download a live video posted by someone else, you won’t be able to do it through Facebook. Do it through FB Down instead.

  1. Go to the video you want to download.
  2. Tap the three dots and tap “Copy Link.”
  3. Go to this webpage to open FB Down.
  4. Paste the video link.
  5. Tap “Download.”
  6. Choose the video quality.
  7. The video will open in a separate tab. Tap the three dots at the bottom-right corner.
  8. Tap “Download.”

Become a Download Wizard

If you want to keep your favorite videos a few clicks away, learning how to download streaming videos is a must. You can use a variety of apps, extensions, and programs for this purpose. Draining your data and getting stuck with nothing to watch when there’s no internet will become a thing of the past.

Have you ever downloaded streaming videos? Did you use any of the options mentioned in this article? Tell us in the comments section below.

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