Almost after 1 year of YouTube Offline launch in India, Nepal gets the new update for both iOS and Android apps. This feature now allows users to save or download the videos in three selected qualities. Videos become available offline, and the main purpose is to allow users experience buffer-less playback. This update is available for the countries with slower internet connection for this phase.
YouTube offline was first launched in Philippines, India and Indonesia for first phase and now it has been launched in Nepal, South Africa,Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. We first tested this feature in India and that was awesome, we also expect Google Play Books and many other features to be released soon. The target is to provide people with video contents for slow or absolutely no network.
Feature is really productive in many sense, which can be similar to offline map service. Suppose we need the video for a short period of time for showing to friends or you have slow internet and video is struggling to buffer (happens at peak hours), we can keep the video for download and enjoy without stops.
YouTube changes the video quality automatically ( if set to “auto”) and almost many Nepali users experience a sudden quality loss during playback which occurs to compensate the bandwidth. With this new feature you can save the videos at a selected quality hence experience no quality change thus providing excellent experience.
There is a limitation in the feature, music videos can’t be saved but videos like comedy, tech review, tutorials, many other genres can be downloaded. Available settings for video download are 144p, 360p and 720p, all the videos are available in offline video menu under users tab. This means you need to log in to your Google account to access and save the video files. These videos storage location can be set on or off for SD card and also be deleted from the device storage. We recommend always using WiFi because data is still very expensive.
Recently YouTube Red was launched in USA, the links and options are becoming available for users all over the world but the page shows that it is just exclusive for US only. This is the new premium feature that allows users to watch videos without ads at $9.99. By this way creators also earn money. This feature will be extended to other countries soon. Consumers can download and save videos for offline purpose with YouTube Red in US.