YouTube Premium receives 1080p offline downloads option, but only on iOS

YouTube Premium receives 1080p offline downloads option, but only on iOS
UPDATE: We've just been tipped by a user from India that the new 1080p option does appear on Android devices as well.

YouTube Premium, just like all premium services, comes with a range of exclusive features and improvements that are only available to those who pay. One such enhancement that will soon be available to YouTube Premium users (if not already) has been spotted today by AndroidPolice.

Starting this week, many YouTube Premium users reported on Reddit they have noticed that the offline download quality has been upped to 1080p. Unfortunately for Android users, the improvement is only available on iOS devices.

The new feature only appears in India, so it looks like this is a limited roll-out. It's possible that when Google is ready to kick off a broader deployment to add the 1080p option to Android devices as well, but we won't know for sure until more YouTube Premium users are getting the new feature.

It's unclear whether or not YouTube plans to make the new feature available to non-Premium users, but it's highly unlikely. If you live in India and own an iPhone, you should update to version 14.30.6 to get the new offline download quality option, but there's no guarantee that it will be there.

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16 Comments

1. Mike88

Posts: 316; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Google knows which side has premium users who actually pay for subscriptions.. most android users just use the free trials and never pay for subscriptions so they are now discriminating with their own users..

12. vgking9699

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

It’s exactly right actually, that’s why the iOS apps tore has always made more money than google play, even with less apps available Which is mostly cuz google play counts all the separate colored keyboards and wallpapers as separate apps when they should be together

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6707; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You're actually quite wrong with your assumptions Mike.

2. niteiknight

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

So only iPhone users. And only in India so far. Cool. Some rollout.

3. LiveFaith

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

If you use Android, just sideload the Videoder app. It is excellent for downloading hi or low resolution video or stripping out the audio into MP3 or AAC(I think) if needed. It's one of the reasons I like Android is the ability to get apps that are censored by the Play/App Store. I work out at a gym that is out in the sticks here in GA that has 0 coverage on any network. I just download movies, vids or sports from Youtube and slap my Note on the treadmill. Works perfectly for offline content.

8. Be_Mine

Posts: 237; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

No PhoneArena, it is both available for Android and iOS. I have the option on my Android phone too.

11. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 139; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

I have that option on android

16. CEDEOTB

Posts: 386; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Nice going "Google"

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