Download your YouTube videos in their original format

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Uploading a YouTube video causes it to be converted to the format used for streaming by the service. If you ever lose your videos, you could always grab the converted versions from the YouTube site, but what if you want the originals?

Google Takeout is now offering the ability to download the original versions of your videos, as mentioned by the Google Data Liberation blog. Takeout allows you to export data like settings, groups, or photos from Google’s other Web sites and services.

Unfortunately, you can only download all videos together at this time. There’s no option to select individual ones that you need to replace on your hard drive or external storage. But if you’re desperate to get an original copy of one or more of them, at least you can.

Here’s how to grab the original versions of your videos:

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Step 1: Open the Google Takeout Web site in your browser. 

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Step 2: Select the Choose Services tab at the top area of the page.

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Step 3: Click the button labeled YouTube and then a card will pop up in t… [Read more]

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