Friday, March 13, 2015

Bookmarklets work in Android too

Friday, March 13, 2015
As a follow-up to my previous post regarding snagging YouTube videos via an Android phone, I wanted to point out that you can simplify the process even further by taking advantage of KeepVid's bookmarklet. You'd be forgiven for thinking these aren't compatible with mobile device web browsers because they don't feature a traditional bookmarks bar to select from, but as it turns out, they are, providing you know how to launch them.

The trick is to add the javascript code above as a new bookmark, and 'click' it when viewing a YouTube video page to gain access to the source files. Once you have the page open in your browser, start typing into the address bar the name you've given the bookmarklet until the relevant entry is suggested. Poke the javascript link when it appears and you will be transported to the KeepVid web site where a download link in all its various formats will be presented for your selection.

If you name your bookmarklet something short and snappy like 'KV', you'll only have to type two letters each time to trigger the process. Offline YouTubin' can't possibly get any easier than this, can it?

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