YouTube is a handy platform for online video streaming. With its colossal database of videos across different genre, it surely stands apart from the competition in the online video streaming space. And not just online, you can even download YouTube videos effortlessly on your iPhone or Android device for later offline viewing. Of and on, the company brings in new ways to make the platform more efficient, more customized and more user-friendly (read addictive). It is constantly rated more popular than all other video streaming services put together.
The feature is right there within the YouTube app for mobile users. Earlier it was available for users from a few selected nations, but gradually it has been extended to a wider user base in countries across Asia and Europe.
YouTube users can now easily download their favorite YouTube videos on the iOS or Android device from the YouTube app itself; so rest assured you can download and save lots of videos for later viewing when you face a slow connection or during offline hours.
All It takes is just a few simple step to get going with YouTube video downloads from its official iOS or Android app. Go to the video you intend to download, click on the download button, select a resolution in which you wish to download that video (remember, higher resolution means heavier file size) – and that is it, the video will begin to download on your mobile.
The app also has a dedicated section that keeps a check of all YouTube videos that are currently in line to be downloaded, or the videos that have been downloaded and are available for offline viewing.
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YouTube has rolled out the offline feature to both the iPhone and Android devices.
But, having said that: there is certainly a clear-cut restriction to the use of this feature. One, it does not work for all videos – the majority of available videos, be it music or movies, are not up for grabs when we talk about offline viewing.
And that is not the only limitation since the videos you download for offline viewing can only be run on the official YouTube offline app.
I tried getting underneath it to figure out what’s happening internally and it looks like YouTube will save videos in smaller chunks on your Android as .exo files, a file format that is not supported by other media player applications.
However, the good part is that YouTube has placed no bar on the number of videos that can be exported for offline viewing – so the only thing limiting you there will be the onboard storage of your Android or iPhone device.
There are however no restrictions around the number of videos that you can take offline with the YouTube app, you are only limited by the free storage available on your iPhone or Android phone.