How to Easily Download YouTube Subtitles as Text

In this post, I’ll show you how to easily download automatically or manually added subtitles as text without the need of using any software or coding.

Are you ready? Let’s begin.

Here are the steps you need to follow to easily download YouTube Subtitles as Text or Transcripts.

1: Open the video with the Subtitles you want to download.

2: Open the video that you want to download the subtitles for.

3: Click the Subtitles and CC icon on the YouTube Player.

This will populate YouTube subtitles on the player.

4: Navigate to the three dots and click on them.

5: Click on Open Transcript and the transcript will populate on the right.

6: Copy the transcript from the top to the end.

You can also alternate between the automatic and manually added subtitles if they are available.

You can choose to copy the timestamps or not.

Please note that if you choose to copy the timestamps you’ll need to clean the transcript further.

7: Copy and paste the subtitle text and paste it in your note editing application of choice or in Microsoft Word or Google Docs for further editing.

That’s it.

It’s super simple to download youtube subtitles as text right from the YouTube Interface.

Here’s a step-by-step video of how to Easily Download YouTube Subtitles as Transcripts.

how to download youtube subtitles as text.

Transcript: How to Easily Download YouTube Subtitles as Transcripts

[UPDATE] Easily Download YouTube Subtitles as Transcripts

With the recent update on the YouTube interface, it’s now easier than before to download YouTube transcripts.

[00:00:07] Hi, my name is David from freelancerinsights.com where we believe you should never stop learning.

[00:00:13] This video is an update to my video on how to easily download YouTube subtitles as transcripts. And in that video the interface was different because…

[00:00:24] What we see here- the views, the likes, the dislikes, the shares, the add to playlist and the three dots were down here.

[00:00:34] Now this update has come with some very very good options because with the new three dots, you can open translations, open transcript and Report the video and this was in the previous interface.

[00:00:52] But with the open transcript of this video– You can just click on open transcript and get the transcript on your right without turning on or off the captions.

[00:01:06] This process works for both automatically captioned and manually caption videos.

[00:01:11] You can also select either you want to see the transcript for an auto-generated caption file or a manually captioned caption file.

[00:01:25] The other thing is that, it is possible to toggle the timestamps– the times that you see on this side on or off.

[00:01:33] So if I click the three vertical dots and I click on toggle timestamps, I’ll get a clean transcript.

[00:01:40] So if you just wanted to download the transcript for your own use, all you have to do is just hold your left click, and at the start of where you want to transcript to download your transcript from or a videos any videos transcript and just scroll to the bottom of it.

[00:01:55] When you get to the end just copy the transcript and paste it into your note editing application of choice and do any edits that you want to do to the transcript.

[00:02:11] Now, that’s the easiest thing that I’ve seen YouTube come up with and with the changing of the interfaces and all that probably at one point we’ll have a download button for the transcript or the caption files, even if you’re not the owner and I hope to see that soon.

[00:02:28] But this is an update which I believe that most people have commented on this video saying that is now possible to toggle the timestamps on and off.

[00:02:38] And I decided to do this video of this point because depending on where you are in the world the three dots or the new interface had not come up everywhere in the world.

[00:02:49] So I hope you enjoyed this video.

[00:02:51] Kindly subscribe to my channel for the tutorials and tips like this like the video if you like what I’ve shown you and be on the lookout for more of these videos.

[00:03:00] Thank you for watching and have a good time.

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