YouTube Testing Offline Video Downloads on Desktop Browser for Premium Accounts

YouTube is testing a new feature that allows users to download videos on their desktop Web browser. The new feature is currently available as an experimental feature for Premium subscribers.

YouTube currently allows paid subscribers on Android and iOS to download content for offline viewing.

This feature will only be support in computers with the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Opera browsers.

Users can visit YouTube’s Try experimental new features page that lists tests available for Premium subscribers.

Eligible users can see an option to Download the video, right beside the like and share buttons.

To ensure the quality of the videos you can choose to download in various resolutions in the Settings menu with full-HD (1080p) as a maximum.

  • High (720p),
  • Medium (480p),
  • Low (144p).

There is an option to delete all local downloads from the browser cache with one button.

By clicking on button YouTube will start downloading the video.

When the download is complete you can watch it from the Downloads section that’s accessible from the menu on the left side of the screen below the “Watch Later” icon.

Downloaded videos can be play back from youtube.com/feed/downloads or via the side navigation panel.

This new feature will be available for testing until 19th October 2021 but YouTube is likely to launch it officially soon.

YouTube app for Android and iOS allows Premium users to download videos for offline viewing, provided the video is not private and the creator allows it.

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