YouTube now supports offline video viewing, but there are a lot of catches

YouTube now supports offline video viewing, but there are a lot of catches
A long time passed since we last heard anything about YouTube's long-expected ability to allow offline viewing of videos, which has the potential to save users a lot of bandwidth, not to mention that it'll come in handy to those YouTube fans with poor internet connection. It was said that such a feature will arrive on both the iOS and Android renditions of the service. Google had promised to bring such a feature back in November 2013, but sadly, this didn't happen. 

In the meantime, it was announced that YouTube fans in India will be able to save video clips for offline viewing as a part of the Android One initiative. Well, it might be long overdue, but it seems that this functionality is now a go, as numerous reports claim that YouTube users in certain regions can save videos for later viewing, when there's no internet connectivity at hand. The supported regions are India and, reportedly, the Philippines.

Numerous reports suggest that this feature is location-based and is not part of a update for the Android and iOS versions of YouTube. Provided that you are in said regions, an icon will appear in the info section of any given YouTube video. you can also choose the video's quality. After you've downloaded a clip, it will be available for up to 48 hours in a dedicated section inside the app. There's no word when (or whether) this feature will roll out for YouTube' users outside the supported regions, mind you. 

source: Android Police, Labnol



1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Or you could just sideload TubeMate.

2. rsiders

Posts: 1972; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Why the long wait? Those Windows Phone users have it best. Offline video content with no restrictions and no ads. Come on Google.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Sssshhh, last thing we need is Google blocking every WP youtube app. I'm sad that McTube disappeared from iOS, it was best Youtube client period, but stupid Google didn't allow to download videos, when you can just paste link to savevid and there you go.

8. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Just because other downloading methods work doesn't mean Google shouldn't block that app which gets in the way of them making money. I'm talking about that app on iOS and savevid. Calling google stupid in this case is quite stupid, I think.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Sounds like you don't know people have been able to download youtube videos on Android since forever. WP isn't the only mobile OS with 3rd party apps.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

wait so 3rd party apps is good now? Sorry I hear for so long how WP is behind because of lack of first party support. But when it benefits them to have a 3rd party option is great. I wish some users (not you) could make up their minds.

19. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Well, idk. Third party apps are there for extra features first party apps don't give. Downloading from youtube isn't something Google allowed before. Third party apps have been there for that. And honestly I do think the lack of first party apps is bad. Windows Phone is truly behind because of lack of first party support. Third party apps are usually lacking either in feature, stability or something else, like Tubemate on android or Metrotube on wp. I've used Metro Tube and Youtube HD and there are times they just cannot play some videos. And even now when I go into a channel and browse their playlists on Metro Tube, it cannot show more than a few playlists. Trying to scroll down does nothing. That's where it lags behind. I also consider Facebook on WP a third party app because it's made by Microsoft, not by Facebook. It has been lacking features for so long and it still cannot catch up. But yeah, they are there to do what first party apps don't allow, or in case there is no first party app at all.

4. VZ_Here

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

i had this for over a month rolled out 1st for every one that had googl play music

5. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Only 360 or 720p video option.

9. Rager722 unregistered

When will Youtube get 1080p option? I just got the new update UI look yesterday but yet still no 1080p option...

10. Whitefur

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

It's a bug, just clear your update data and reupdate ;) (Also you need a device with a 1080p screen, but thats kinda obvious)

14. Rager722 unregistered

You are you sure?

16. Jubin unregistered

I tried... doesn't work..

11. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

new interface looking bad and eye hurting.

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hey PA, don't you mean lots of...caches?

17. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Oh, so punny!

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I would like to try it but freakin' Youtube app doesn't work well on Lollipop!

18. KingQwerty

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

1440p back for my LG G3!

20. nifle

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

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21. marsval

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

I just use a simple trick. I ad the letters dl to the url of the video straight on youtube. The dl must go right before the name youtube, so dlyoutube. Press enter and get redirected to the downloader =) It's the fastest way and it works for als for vimeo, vevo and many other sites

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