YouTube To Allow Mobile Offline Video Viewing

September 20, 2013

Watching YouTube videos on the go has long been possible thanks to mobile internet access, but what about when one finds themselves with a few minutes to spare and no internet connection on their smartphone or tablet? YouTube is preparing to offer a solution to that dilemma in the form of offline video viewing.

In a statement issued earlier this week, the YouTube team announced that users would soon be able to download videos for offline consumption via the service’s popular mobile apps, with a 48-hour window permitted for viewing.

YouTube’s statement:

We’re always exploring ways to bring more viewers to your content. As part of this effort, later this year we’ll launch a new feature on YouTube’s mobile apps that will help you reach fans — even when they’re not connected to the Internet.

This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.

This is part of our ongoing updates to give people more opportunities to enjoy videos and channels on YouTube mobile. Check out the YouTube blog when this launches in November for more details on how this will work for viewers.

YouTube’s mention of November is as close to a release date as is available for now, with more information concerning the launch of offline YouTube video viewing expected over the coming weeks.

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  1. My Kind says:

    This is great. Now people will be able to watch me play those tricky first six notes of Jingle Bells on my mandothingy.

    I’m the luckiest guy in the world I tell ya.

  2. James says:

    This has been available for years if you know what you are doing.