How to Download a View-Only Shared Google Drive Video

March 01, 2021

Last week, I received a Google Drive video that was shared with me in "View-Only" mode. When I tried to further share this video with my team, they encountered "Access Denied" errors when attempting to open the link. Here are the steps for downloading such a video:

  1. Open Chrome and navigate to the Developer Tools, then select the “Network” tab.
  2. Reload the page where the video is playing and filter the results by “videoplayback” type.
  3. Right-click on this filtered link and choose “Open in New Tab”.
  4. Once the video opens in the new tab, right-click on it and select “Save Video As”.

That's it. No external plugins are required. You can then upload this downloaded video to a shared drive for your team or upload it to YouTube, depending on your use case.

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