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We have earlier discussed quite a good number of ways [1] to download YouTube videos [2] on your computer. Some of these methods are too easy, while some of them require you to install a browser extension or a plugin.

But there can be situations when you are surfing YouTube from another person’s computer and want to download a couple of videos right that instant. You don’t have a USB drive with you, nor you have the time to wait for the downloads to finish. So how do you download YouTube videos remotely to your computer’s hard drive from any computer, without having to install anything on the host computer itself ?

VideoDropper is the answer.

If you have a Dropbox [3] account, you can download YouTube videos remotely from any computer or a mobile device, to your computer’s hard drive. There is no need to install any browser extension and neither you have to carry a removable media. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Go to the Videodropper [4] website, hit the “Login with Dropbox” link and sign in with your Dropbox account.

2. On the next page, click “Allow” to grant the app all the necessary permissions to upload the video file to your Dropbox folder. Now you will be taken to the video download page where all you have to do is paste in the URL of the YouTube video which you want to download.

3. You are done.

Videodropper will add your request to their “download queue” and the file will appear in your Dropbox account within an hour or two. The video will be saved in the root folder of your Dropbox account as an FLV file. You can continue using the Videodropper website and request more than one downloads, there aren’t any limits as such.

At the end of the day, run the Dropbox client on your computer and it will download all the videos to your computer’s “My Dropbox” folder. This technique is particularly useful when you are browsing YouTube from your Android or your iOS device. Just paste in the URL of the YouTube video at the VideoDropper website and the file will eventually arrive on your computer’s hard drive. If you have the Dropbox app installed on your smartphone, you can use it to sync the FLV file on your mobile, without having to manually transfer the file using a USB cable.

This is by far, one of the easiest and hassle free way to download YouTube videos from any computer, without having to install anything or wait for the downloads to finish. Everything is taken care in the “cloud”, while you can go play outside.

~Amit Banerjee