Ever find a video that you really love, and want to rewatch, become private? It really sucks when that happens, because you are unable to watch the video. Fortunately, though, there are several ways to bypass these privacy mechanisms, ensuring that you are able to watch your favorite videos, even if they are completely private.
Watching Private YouTube Videos Without Signing-In
On YouTube, there are a plethora of videos that are private, but can be watched if you sign-in. The reason for this is, more often than not, due to those videos being age-restricted.
You can sign-into YouTube to watch those videos. But, if you don’t have an account, or don’t want to sign-in, there is a work-around that you can use.
To view videos that are age-restricted, take the term “watch?” out of the video’s URL. Right in front of that term, there will be a “v” and then a “=”. Take the “=” and replace it with a “/”.
Right after you do that, you just need to press “Enter”, and you will be able to watch that video, without signing-in on YouTube.
Downloading A Private Video
Right before we dive into this method, it’s important to note that this method only works if you have already watched the video you are going to download. If you have not watched that video, though, then this method won’t work.
Every video that you watch is downloaded to your web browser’s local cache. All of this data is found within the cache and, if you have the right software, it can be taken from the cache and downloaded directly onto your device.
For you to do this, you will need to download a piece of software known as “Video Cache View”. Making use of this software will allow you to see a list of videos that you’ve watched, as well as the corresponding URL for each video.
Every video is, of course, a video that you’ve previously watched and, as such, has been saved in your web browser’s cache.
Look at the title of each video, as well as the corresponding URL. And then, from that, you will be able to find the video that you would like to download. All you need to do, after that, is press the “Download” button.
Right after you download the video, it will need to be converted into a more suitable format. Most people convert these videos into the MP4 format, and you can do so using online tools, as well as dedicated pieces of video conversion software.
Ask The YouTube Account For A Non-Private URL
Every YouTube account is authorized to give out a certain number of non-private URLs for a private video. You can ask the YouTube account – assuming, of course, that you know what the YouTube account is – for one of these URLs. They may give it to you, or they may not; but, you’ll never know unless you ask.
In the end, watching a private YouTube video isn’t always easy, but if you know what to do and how to do it, it’s a lot easier!