How to download streaming video

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If you have a limited data plan or plan to go to places with poor internet connection, you might want to download videos to watch later. This is possible even for videos found on streaming sites.

This article will explain how to do just that on different platforms and browsers and offer some of the best tools for it.

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

By adding an extension to your Chrome browser, you can download videos from any website. If you want to download videos daily, this is a great option because it's quick and easy. One of the most popular Chrome extensions for this is Video Download Helper. 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 in the upper right corner next to the address bar.
  8. Whenever you come across a downloadable video, you will see the extension icon activate. Tap the icon and then the download button.
  9. The video will be downloaded to your computer.

The disadvantage of this method is that downloading YouTube and TikTok videos is not available. To download YouTube videos, you will need online video downloaders. Our top recommendation is Save From. It's easy to use and works for sites other than YouTube.


Here's how to 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 website.
  4. Paste the link of the videos.
  5. Press "Download".
  6. Choose the video resolution.
  7. Press "Download" again.
  8. The video will be downloaded 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 this is 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 part of a playlist, you'll see a pop-up message asking if you want to download the entire playlist or just the clip.
  5. Choose the resolution.
  6. Tap Download
  7. The video will be saved to your computer.

How to Download Streaming Video from Any Website in Chrome on Mac

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


A popular Chrome extension that is highly recommended among Mac users is Professional Video Downloader. 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 icon will appear to the right of the address bar.
  5. Whenever you open a downloadable video, you will see the icon turn into a green arrow.
  6. Tap the icon to start the download.

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 link.
  4. Tap Download
  5. The video will be saved to your computer.

How to Download Streaming Video from Any Website in Firefox on Windows

Unlike 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 will find dozens of extensions for downloading streaming videos, of which our recommendation is Video Downloader Professional.

  1. Open Mozilla and visit the addon placer.
  2. Tap "Add to Firefox".
  3. Press "Add".
  4. The icon will appear to the right of the address bar.
  5. Whenever there is a downloadable video, the icon changes to a green arrow. If there are multiple videos, select the one you want to download and press the arrow.
  6. The video will be downloaded to your computer.

How to Download Streaming Video from Any Website in Firefox on Mac

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


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

If that doesn't work, you can install an app like 4K Video Downloader or use online video downloaders.


How to Download Streaming Video from Any Website on 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 Free Video Downloader are particularly popular, although you cannot use them to download YouTube videos and you may have to deal with an abundance of ads.

In this case, we recommend the easiest solution: use an online video downloader. As mentioned earlier, 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 Save From.
  3. Paste the link and press the arrow next to it.
  4. Choose the preferred quality and press "Download".

This video downloader also has a mobile application. However, it is not required and you can download videos even without the app.

How to Download Streaming Video from Any Website on iPhone

As with Android, the best way to download videos from any website is to use 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 press the arrow next to it.
  4. Choose the desired resolution and press "Download".

How to Download Streaming Video from JW Player

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

  1. Install Internet Download Manager (IDM) by visiting the place.
  2. Install the extension on your browser.
  3. Play the video you want to download. You will see a "Download this video" option in the upper right corner of the video.
  4. Press "Start Download".

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

  1. Copy the URL of the video you want to download.
  2. Visit this page to download and install Cisdem video converter.
  3. Open the download tab.
  4. Paste the video URL.
  5. Press "Download".

How to Download Live Video from Facebook

If you've posted a live video to Facebook and want 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 so through Facebook. Do it via FB Down instead.

  1. Navigate 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. Press "Download".
  6. Choose the video quality.
  7. The video will open in a separate tab. Tap the three dots in the lower right corner.
  8. Press "Download".

Become a download assistant

If you want to keep your favorite videos just 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 finding yourself with nothing to monitor when there is no internet will become a thing of the past.

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

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