Google’s Android One program was aimed squarely at emerging markets like India. When it was talking up this new initiative the company also revealed that soon YouTube users in the country will be able to save videos from within the app for viewing later when there’s no internet connection. This feature has now gone live and allows YouTube users based in India to catch up on videos without needing an internet connection.
This was confirmed back in September by YouTube executive Ceasar Sengupta, calling the feature “huge,” as it allows users to download a video once on their device and watch it again as many times as they please even if there’s no internet connection available.
Videos will carry a download icon which when pressed will bring up the option to save that video in either standard or high definition. The app will display file sizes alongside each option to show users how much data will be used and precisely how much space they need on their device to be able to store the video.
Once a video has been downloaded it will be available in the Offline section of the YouTube app. This feature doesn’t require a YouTube Music Key subscription since music videos can be saved for offline viewing as it is.