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Download YouTube XAP File and Watch Videos Anywhere, Anytime


How to Download YouTube XAP File




If you are a Windows Phone user who loves watching YouTube videos, you might have heard of YouTube xap file. This is a Windows Phone app that was pulled by Google in 2018, but still has some features that are not available in the official YouTube app.


In this article, we will show you how to download YouTube xap file using two different methods: VLC media player and Python script. We will also explain what is YouTube xap file and why you might want to download it.




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What is YouTube XAP File?




YouTube xap file is a Windows Phone app that was developed by Microsoft in YouTube xap file is a Windows Phone app that was developed by Microsoft in collaboration with Google in 2013. It was designed to provide a better YouTube experience for Windows Phone users, with features such as uploading videos, pinning videos to live tiles, managing profile and playlists, sharing videos, and watching safe videos in Kid's Corner. However, Google blocked the app shortly after its release, claiming that it violated YouTube's terms of service. Microsoft updated the app to address Google's concerns, but Google still refused to allow it. Eventually, Microsoft removed the app from the Windows Phone Store in 2018.


Why Download YouTube XAP File?




Although the official YouTube app is available for Windows Phone, it is not as feature-rich as YouTube xap file. The official app is basically a web wrapper that redirects users to the mobile version of YouTube's website. It does not support uploading videos, pinning videos to live tiles, managing profile and playlists, sharing videos, or watching safe videos in Kid's Corner. Moreover, the official app does not support background playback, offline viewing, or picture-in-picture mode.


Therefore, some Windows Phone users might want to download YouTube xap file to enjoy these features that are missing in the official app. However, downloading YouTube xap file is not as easy as downloading any other app from the Windows Phone Store. You will need to use some third-party tools or methods to get the app on your device. In the next sections, we will show you how to download YouTube xap file using VLC media player and Python script.


How to Download YouTube XAP File Using VLC Media Player




VLC media player is a free and open-source media player that can play almost any video or audio format. It can also be used to download videos from various online platforms, including YouTube. Here are the steps to download YouTube xap file using VLC media player:


Step 1: Install VLC Media Player




To install VLC media player on your computer, go to its official website and download the installer for your operating system. Run the installer and follow the instructions to complete the installation.


Step 2: Copy the URL of the YouTube Video You Wish to Download




To download YouTube xap file, you will need to find a YouTube video that contains the app. One such video is this one, which was uploaded by a user named Techy Rajput. Copy the URL of the video from your browser's address bar.


Step 3: Open Network Stream in VLC Media Player




Open VLC media player on your computer and select Open Network Stream from the Media menu or press CTRL + N on your keyboard. A dialog box will appear where you can enter a network URL.


Step 4: Paste the URL into Network URL Box and Click Play




Paste the URL of the YouTube video that you copied in step 2 into the network URL box and click play. The video will start playing in VLC media player. If the video does not play, you might need to do some troubleshooting steps such as downloading youtube.lua file, disabling hardware acceleration, or cookie forwarding.


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Step 5: Select Codec Information from the Tools Menu or Press CTRL + J




While the video is playing in VLC media player, select Codec Information from the Tools menu or press CTRL + J on your keyboard. A dialog box will appear where you can see various information about the video codec.


Step 6: Copy the URL from the Location Box




In the codec information dialog box, look for the location box at the bottom. This box contains a long URL that is the direct link to the video file on YouTube's server. Click into the box and press CTRL + A and CTRL + C on your keyboard to select and copy the URL.


Step 7: Paste the URL into Your Browser's Address Bar and Load It




Paste the URL that you copied in step 6 into your browser's address bar and load it. The video will load and start playing in your browser.


Step 8: Right Click on the Video and Select Save Video As or Press CTRL + S




Right click on the video that is playing in your browser and select Save Video As or press CTRL + S on your keyboard. A dialog box will appear where you can choose the location and file name for saving the video. Make sure you change the file extension from .mp4 to .xap before clicking save.


Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded YouTube xap file using Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded YouTube xap file using VLC media player. You can now transfer the file to your Windows Phone device and install it using a file manager app.


How to Download YouTube XAP File Using Python Script




If you are familiar with Python programming language, you can also use a Python script to download YouTube xap file. The script we will use is called youtube-dl, which is a command-line tool that can download videos from YouTube and other platforms. Here are the steps to download YouTube xap file using Python script:


Step 1: Install Python and Pip on Your Computer




To install Python and Pip on your computer, go to their official websites and download the installers for your operating system. Run the installers and follow the instructions to complete the installation. Make sure you add Python and Pip to your system path.


Step 2: Install Youtube-dl Module Using Pip Command




To install Youtube-dl module on your computer, open your terminal or command prompt and type the following command:


pip install youtube-dl


This will download and install Youtube-dl module on your computer.


Step 3: Copy the URL of the YouTube Video You Wish to Download




To download YouTube xap file, you will need to find a YouTube video that contains the app. One such video is this one, which was uploaded by a user named Techy Rajput. Copy the URL of the video from your browser's address bar.


Step 4: Run Youtube-dl Command with the URL as an Argument




Open your terminal or command prompt and type the following command:


youtube-dl -f mp4


This will download the video as an MP4 file in your current directory. The -f mp4 option specifies the format of the video file. You can also use other options such as -o to change the output file name or --extract-audio to extract the audio from the video.


Step 5: Rename the File Extension from .mp4 to .xap




After the download is complete, you will see a file named Q6X0cZg8yOw.mp4 in your current directory. This is the YouTube xap file that you want. However, you need to rename the file extension from .mp4 to .xap before you can install it on your Windows Phone device. To do this, you can use a file manager app or a command such as:


rename Q6X0cZg8yOw.mp4 Q6X0cZg8yOw.xap


Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded YouTube xap file using Python script. You can now transfer the file to your Windows Phone device and install it using a fi


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