YouTube now allows users to download videos from the web for offline viewing, but there is a catch.
When the feature is enabled, a new Download button will appear alongside the Share and Save buttons on the toolbar of a YouTube video. When you press this button, the download will begin and a progress dialog will appear in the lower-left corner of the window. Downloaded videos are available in a separate feed, where users can also change the download quality settings or clear the cache.
According to the Labs listing, the feature will be available until October 19, most likely in its current experimental form. It’s unclear whether or not the feature will be made permanent, or whether it will remain a YouTube Premium feature for the foreseeable future. It would, however, be an excellent incentive for frequent mobile users with unreliable internet connections to subscribe to Premium. Of course, other plugins and websites offer comparable functionality, but a feature developed in-house by YouTube is likely to be more secure.
Surprisingly, the feature is said to work only with the “latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Opera browsers.” Mozilla Firefox and Safari are left out.
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