Youtube tests offline video download, but only for some users

YouTube is testing a new feature that allows users to download offline videos on their desktop browsers.

However, this functionality already available for testing is reserved for premium subscribers of the video platform only.

Offline video download trial available until October 19

The new offline video download functionality is available to try until October 19. So, if you are a premium subscriber, please navigate to YouTube’s “use new experimental features” page to get access to all available trials, including this feature we noticed.

But beware, in addition to being reserved for subscribers to the video platform, this function can only be used with the latest versions of the Chrome, Edge or Opera browsers.

New YouTube feature makes 1080p videos available

In the testing phase, the new feature provides videos in resolutions of 1080p, 720p, 480p and 144p. Just select your chosen resolution from the Settings menu.

In turn, the download can be done in two ways; while watching the video, users can click the download button or alternatively click the three-dot option while browsing.

Users have access to a cached version of the video.

Once the video is downloaded, it is stored in the Downloads section, which can be accessed through the menu located on the left side of the screen, just below the Watch Later icon.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the video download will not remain on the user’s hard drive forever, as they will only have access to a cached version of the video.

Right now, the YouTube app for Android and iOS devices already allows premium subscribers to download videos to watch later in offline mode.

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