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High-quality YouTube Thumbnail Download in Three Ways

Author by Vita

April 29, 2020

If you happen to find some appealing & beautiful YouTube thumbnails, and want to save them on your computer, mobile phone, or tablet, there are several easy methods of YouTube thumbnail download that you can give a try.

A YouTube Thumbnail is just like a cover of a YouTube video. When browsing on YouTube, audiences can easily decide whether to click into a video by quickly viewing its thumbnail. Meanwhile, YouTube thumbnail can be saved as single images. Like downloading YouTube videos, there are different ways to carry out YouTube thumbnail download, and each of which is far easier. Here is a brief list of the three effective methods we will share with you today to download YouTube thumbnail. You can hover over the preferred method and jump to the detailed steps directly while we recommend you go through all information.

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This tutorial is only for downloading your own thumbnails or YouTube thumbnails of others that you have permission to download. Please do not download any copyrighted content without approval.

Method 1: Download YouTube Thumbnail on YouTube Studio

After uploading a video to YouTube, YouTube will generate three default thumbnails and you can also make a custom thumbnails for uploading. To download thumbnails of your own YouTube videos, you can follow the steps below. 

Step 1. Visit YouTube Studio: https://studio.youtube.com/

Step 2. Go to Video section, hover over the video you want to download thumbnails from, and hit the pencil icon.

Save YouTube thumbnail

Step 3. On the Video details page, scroll down to the Thumbnail section. Here is a selection of thumbnails for the video. If you want to save one of the auto-generated thumbnails, select the target one, right click and select “Save image as…”. But the output image quality is crappy. If you have once uploaded a custom thumbnail and want to download it now, hover over the thumbnail, and there will be a three-dots button on the top right corner of the thumbnail, hit it then choose “Download”.

Get thumbnail from YouTube video

Method 2: Any YouTube Thumbnail Download with Video ID

Video ID refers to the unique alphanumeric code for each YouTube video. By the mean of video ID, you can download the thumbnail of any YouTube video that is public. For finding the video ID of a YouTube video, open the video on YouTube, and the top address bar shows the current URL. The video ID is right after v= in the URL.

Let’s take the example of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpfKdvJYCsc. Its video ID is hpfKdvJYCsc.

After you get the video ID, type the following URL in the address bar of your browser and replace VIDEOID in this URL with the actual video ID.

https://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/maxresdefault.jpg

Press Enter on your keyboard and the full size version of the thumbnail will appear then. Right click and select “Save image as” for YouTube thumbnail download. Typically, the downloaded thumbnail is in 1280X720.

YouTube thumbnail grabber

The above steps are on how to download custom YouTube thumbnail, namely the one you can view as the cover of a video. Meanwhile, as noted previously, YouTube provides three auto-generated thumbnails for video. You can also download them with the help of the video ID. The process is the same as the one of downloading custom one. You need to enter the following URL and replace VIDEOID with the real ID and replace thumbnail number with 1, 2, or 3.

http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/thumbnail number.jpg

Eg. http://img.youtube.com/vi/hpfKdvJYCsc/1.jpg

However, the auto-generated thumbnails you can get are in 120×90, which is quite tiny and useless if your intention is a large-size picture.

Method 3: Dedicated YouTube Thumbnail Downloader

Even if the two methods are simple and effective enough for YouTube thumbnail download, you can still use a specific tool to further simplify the process. What I am talking about is the exceptionally useful YouTube thumbnail downloader – youtubethumbnaildownloader.com. Compared with the methods above, it requires fewer steps and offers more convenience. Here is how to download YouTube thumbnail using this tool.

Step 1. Open the YouTube thumbnail: https://www.youtubethumbnaildownloader.com/

Step 2. Copy and paste the URL of the YouTube video into the blank box.

Step 3. Three options of thumbnail size will be displayed – small, medium, and full hd. Choose a size, hit the green download button, then right click and choose “Save image as”.

That’s the whole process.  

YouTube video thumbnail downloader

In Summary

How to get YouTube thumbnail free? All the three methods can help you work it out. Now you can try them and download high-quality, descriptive, and creative thumbnails from YouTube with ease.

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