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YouTube Testing Offline Video Downloads on Desktop Client for Premium Subscribers

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On Android and iOS, YouTube Premium lets you download and save content for offline viewing. The ability to download YouTube videos is now coming to the desktop web as part of an experiment that paid users can enable today.

How To Enable This Feature

Go to YouTube’s “Try experimental new features” page and navigate to the “Download videos from your browser” test. and Select “Try it out,” with the Google video site informing users that they can only have one experiment turned on at a time. As such, if you’re already testing something else, e.g. iOS Picture-in-picture, that will get disabled.

Once activated, every videos will feature a “Download” button between “Share” and “Save” section (to playlist). users can also initiate the download from the overflow menu in thumbnails as you browse. Tapping immediately will begin starts the download process with a progress indicator in the bottom-left corner that tells you to “Keep this window open to continue.”

Access from youtube.com/feed/downloads — also available in the navigation drawer, you can see progress and everything that’s been stored for local access. There is also a Settings here which let users clear everything if they so desire and choose download quality. There’s no 4K download option, or even 360p option at the moment.

Download Options Available


Full HD (1080p)
High (720p)
Medium (480p)
Low (144p)

YouTube says the downloaded content will remain available offline for as long as the device is connected to the internet at least once every months and will encourage you to install the Progressive Web App (PWA) though that’s not essentially needed.

Downloads remain available as long as your device has an active internet connection at least once every 30 days

This feature requires “computers with the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Opera browsers,” with Safari not supported. As an experiment, it’s “available until Oct 19” but we hope to see a wider launch soon.
Let us know what you think of this update feature in the comment box below

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present

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