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For the purposes of this question, assume the videos are licensed under the GPL.

There is a video on YouTube. I want to save a copy of the video to my Google Drive. Due to data plan considerations, I don't want to first download it to my local device and then upload it. I want everything to happen in the cloud.

I have found some ways to do this, but they were quite complicated. I'm posting this here in the hope of finding more convenient methods.

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    You should probably talk about those other methods, otherwise you're likely to have them suggested here as well. – ale Jul 1 '16 at 12:53
  • @AlE. Done. I posted it as an answer. But it's a bit of an inconvenient way, especially when using a phone. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Jul 1 '16 at 17:57
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I will post one way to do this. However, it's quite complicated and I'm still very much interested in a more convenient way to do it. (Like a one-click thing, especially one that's easier to do from a phone.)

  1. Copy the URL of the video.
  2. Paste that URL into this website.
  3. Right click on the Download button and select Copy Link Address.
  4. Go to this website and sign in to your Google account. The service will ask for permission to manage your Google Drive.
  5. When you're taken to a page called SAVE WEB FILES, paste the URL you copied in #3.
  6. Select Google Drive as destination.
  7. Click Upload file.
  8. Choose which Google Drive folder you want to save the file in.
  9. By default this service names all files just file without any filetype extension. So you need to give it a .mp4 (or whatever format you selected in #3) extension in the box at the bottom. For example, you could name it LOL Cats.mp4.
  10. Click Save your file.
  11. You will be shown a progress bar. It will often move very quickly, but stay at 99% for a little while (depending on the size of the file.) This is normal. After it's done, you will see a message on the screen. On the bottom of that message, in red, you will see a confirmation of success. You can then go to Google Drive to find your video file.
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    This answer no longer works, as the second website shows an error message when you try to grant access to your Google Drive. – James Feb 10 '18 at 18:19
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You can easily do that with this site. Follow the procedure highlighted by @revetahm

  1. Copy the URL of the Video you are watching

  2. Paste the copied url in the address bar on this

  3. You can then use your favorite downloading tool to get any format mp4, mp3 of available resolution.
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    What about the part "without it passing through my local device?" – user135384 Dec 3 '17 at 2:19

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