Generally speaking, you can send YouTube videos to someone by simply copying the link then pasting it in a WhatsApp message. But there are instances where videos on YouTube are taken down which creates an inconvenience for you as you really wanted to share *that* particular video which was only available on YouTube.
Well, there is a solution to YouTube videos that disappear: download it.
Yes, this is extra effort on your part, but if you really want to share it and fear that it might get taken down, this is the solution for you.
Before we go into the details of downloading videos off YouTube, here are some reminders about sharing videos through WhatsApp:
- WhatsApp limits video sizes to 16MB. However, the app does provide the option of trimming videos that exceed that size before sending.
- When downloading – and if the option is available – make sure the quality is at 240p or 144p as these help keep the size down. Better yet, share shorter clips as those rarely hit the 16MB mark.
Now that you’re aware of these facts, it’s time to learn how to download videos off YouTube then upload them to WhatsApp:
- Use an online video downloader like ClipConverter to download YouTube videos. You can also use dedicated applications like TubeMate YouTube Downloader. All you need to do is copy and paste the URL of the video you want to share into the downloader then it does everything for you.
- Tap Photo/Video Library to select the video you want to share. If you want to share more than one, tap the + button.
- Preview the videos or add captions if you so fancy it.
- Once everything is done, hit Send.
While sharing YouTube videos on WhatsApp sounds like fun, there are other interesting things you can do on the app as well.
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