How to Easily Find Your Saved Videos on YouTube

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Hey there! Have you ever come across an awesome YouTube video, hit the "Save" button, and then not been able to find it later when you wanted to watch it again?

I‘ve definitely been there before! With over 2 billion monthly active users, YouTube hosts endless amounts of video content. Saving videos for viewing later is a great way to bookmark all those funny clips, how-to tutorials, movie trailers, and more that you come across in your YouTube adventures.

But with so many features on YouTube for saving videos – like Watch Later, playlists, liking videos, and more – things can get disorganized pretty quickly. Suddenly you‘ve saved hundreds of videos, but you have no idea where to find them when you want to watch them again!

Not to worry, friend. In this detailed guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know about saving videos on YouTube, as well as the easy methods for locating your saved content later on.

Let‘s get started!

How to Save Videos on YouTube

Before we dive into the specifics of finding your saved videos, let‘s first go over the main options for saving videos in the first place.

YouTube offers several handy tools for bookmarking videos to watch later:

1. The Watch Later Feature

The Watch Later feature is a quick and easy way to save videos to a Watch Later playlist.

To use it:

  • On Desktop: Click the "Add to" button below the video player, then select "Watch Later" from the dropdown menu. This adds the video to your Watch Later playlist.

  • On Mobile: Tap the "Add" icon (+) next to the video title, then tap "Watch Later."

  • Keyboard Shortcut: Press CTRL + S (on Windows) or ⌘ + S (on Mac) while a video is playing to instantly add it to Watch Later.

According to YouTube, the Watch Later feature is used over 200 million times per day to bookmark videos for future viewing. It‘s definitely one of the most popular ways to save content!

2. Playlists

You can organize your saved videos into themed playlists, just like you would with a music playlist.

To save a video to a playlist:

  • Click the "Add to" button under the video, then choose "Add to playlist." Pick an existing playlist from the dropdown or create a new one.

  • On mobile, tap the "Add" icon then "Save to playlist." Select the playlist you want to add the video to.

  • You can also add videos to playlists right from the playlist viewer. Just click or tap the "Add videos" button and choose videos to add.

Playlists are great for grouping together videos on specific topics, or for creating collections to watch with friends and family members.

3. Liking Videos

A simple way to bookmark videos is to like them! Just click or tap the "Like" thumb icon below a video to add it to your Liked videos collection.

According to YouTube, over 5 billion videos are liked every single day! It‘s clearly a popular shortcut for saving content.

4. Downloading Videos (YouTube Premium)

If you have a YouTube Premium subscription, you can download videos to watch offline on your mobile device when you don‘t have an internet connection.

To download a video, click or tap the "Download" button below the video player. The video will save to your device‘s internal storage for offline viewing.

The ability to download videos is a major perk of a Premium account. But it does have some limitations:

  • Downloaded videos can only be accessed in the YouTube mobile app, not on desktop.

  • Videos download in up to 1080p quality depending on your settings.

  • Downloads expire after 30 days and must be renewed to keep them available offline.

Now that you know how to save videos on YouTube, let‘s get into how to find your saved content so you can actually watch those videos later!

Locating Your Saved Videos on Desktop

If you did your video saving on the YouTube website accessed from a desktop browser, here‘s how to find those videos again:

1. Watch Later Playlist

The Watch Later playlist contains all the videos you‘ve added using the Watch Later feature.

To view it:

  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner

  2. Select "Watch later" from the dropdown menu

  3. Your Watch Later playlist will open, containing all your saved videos!

From there you can scroll through your videos, search for a specific one, or delete videos you no longer want saved.

2. Other Playlists

If you saved videos to any other playlists:

  1. Click your profile picture and select "Playlists."

  2. Choose a playlist from the list to open it.

  3. Scroll through the videos or use the search bar to find a specific one.

3. Liked Videos

  1. Click your profile picture and choose "Liked videos."

  2. View your collection of liked videos and use the search bar to find a specific one.

Liked videos will remain there unless you "unlike" them over time. You can also use the options to remove certain videos from your Liked videos or clear all your liked videos entirely.

Note: Downloaded videos will NOT show up on the YouTube website, since they are only viewable in the mobile app.

And that covers finding saved videos on the YouTube desktop website! The key is using your Profile menu to access special sections like Watch Later, Playlists, and Liked videos.

Next let‘s look at how to find your saved YouTube videos on mobile devices…

Finding Your Saved Videos in the YouTube Mobile App

The YouTube mobile app for Android and iOS stores your saved videos in similar areas, but accessing them works a bit differently than on desktop.

Here‘s how to find your saved content in the YouTube mobile app:

1. Watch Later Playlist

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner

  2. Select "Watch later"

  3. Scroll down to find the Watch Later playlist – tap it to view your videos.

2. Other Playlists

  1. Tap your profile icon, then "Playlists."

  2. Tap a playlist to view the videos inside.

  3. Search for a specific video using the magnifying glass icon.

3. Liked Videos

  1. Tap your profile picture, then go to Library > Liked videos.

  2. Browse or search your collection of liked videos.

4. Downloaded Videos

  1. Tap your profile icon > Library > Downloaded.

  2. View your saved offline videos – remember downloads expire after 30 days.

And that covers all the main ways to access your saved videos in the YouTube mobile app!

The Library section contains special categories like Liked videos and Playlists. And your profile menu leads you right to your Watch Later playlist.

Now let‘s dive into some specific scenarios, like finding only your liked videos or your offline downloaded videos…

How to Find Your Liked Videos on YouTube

Liking videos is a handy shortcut for saving videos to watch later. Here‘s how to view your full collection of liked videos:

On Desktop:

  • Click your profile picture > Liked videos

  • Use the search bar to find a specific liked video

On Mobile:

  • Tap your profile icon > Library > Liked videos

  • Use the search magnifying glass to search liked videos

YouTube stores your liked videos indefinitely unless you explicitly "unlike" them.

According to YouTube, the platform sees over 140 million hours of liked videos watched by users every single day!

So don‘t feel bad if you can‘t even remember some of the videos you‘ve liked over time – the collection can grow pretty large.

How to Find Your Downloaded YouTube Videos

One major perk of a YouTube Premium subscription is being able to download videos for offline viewing. Here‘s how to access your downloaded videos:

On Mobile:

  • Tap your profile icon > Library > Downloads

  • View your offline videos sorted by download date

On Computer:

  • Downloads can ONLY be viewed in the mobile app, not on desktop

  • Use your device‘s Files app or file manager to find downloads in Internal Storage > YouTube folder

Things to keep in mind about YouTube video downloads:

  • You must have an internet connection to view downloads on the YouTube app itself. They won‘t show up if you are offline.

  • Video quality depends on your settings, up to 1080p HD.

  • Downloads expire after 30 days and must be renewed to keep available offline.

Locating Saved Videos in Your YouTube History

Your YouTube History provides another way to find videos you‘ve saved and watched in the past.

On Desktop:

  • Click your profile icon > History

  • Use filters or search to find videos

On Mobile:

  • Tap Library > History

  • Scroll through your history or search for videos

  • Tap a video to see details like screenshots and exact watch time

YouTube History contains your last several hundred watched videos. You can pause History if you don‘t want YouTube tracking everything you watch.

Finding Saved YouTube TV Recordings

If you pay for the YouTube TV streaming TV service, your cloud DVR allows you to record live TV to watch later on. Here‘s how to find your recordings:

On Mobile and Desktop:

  • Select "Library" from the YouTube TV menu

  • Choose "Recordings" to view your saved recordings

  • "Scheduled" shows upcoming recordings from your Wishlist

With YouTube TV you can record unlimited hours of TV for 9 months. Watch your recordings anywhere – just make sure YouTube TV can access your location if you switch devices or travel.

FAQ: Your Saved YouTube Videos Questions Answered!

Let‘s recap some common questions about finding your saved videos on YouTube:

How do I find my saved Studio videos as a YouTube creator?

If you upload your own videos to YouTube, your saved recordings are under YouTube Studio Content > Videos. Click "Filters" and check "Saved" to view videos waiting to be published.

What happens if I clear my YouTube Watch History?

Clearing your full Watch History deletes your entire history, including any videos saved in Watch Later or playlists. Liked videos will NOT be removed though.

Why can‘t I find my downloaded YouTube videos anymore?

If downloads disappear, make sure you‘re logged into the proper YouTube account. Also double check your device storage in case the files were deleted. Downloaded videos expire after 30 days unless renewed.

How do I find saved likes and playlists on YouTube Music?

In the YouTube Music app, tap your profile > Library. Toggle between "Recents" and "Songs" to view your liked songs, saved albums, artists, playlists, and more.

And that covers most of the commonly asked questions around finding your saved YouTube videos!

In Conclusion: You‘ve Got This!

Phew, we covered a lot of ground here! Here are the key takeaways:

  • Save videos to Watch Later, playlists, Liked Videos, or downloads (Premium only)

  • Find Watch Later, playlists, likes, and history in your Profile menu on desktop

  • Look in Library on mobile for Watch Later, playlists, likes, and downloads

  • Liked videos and downloads have their own sections to browse from

  • YouTube History also contains your watched and saved videos

So in summary, you have tons of great options for bookmarking videos on YouTube to watch later on. And it‘s easy to find all those saved videos again using your Profile and Library menus.

Now you can save any funny video, amazing concert footage, cool tutorial, or inspiring speech without worrying about losing track of it!

I hope this guide gave you the confidence to start saving YouTube videos to watch later and actually being able to find them again. Happy watching, my friend! Let me know if you have any other questions.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.