YouTube to make videos available for offline viewing

18 Sep 2013

A new feature coming to YouTube later this year will allow users to watch videos without the need for an internet connection.

A post on the YouTube Creator Blog on Tuesday about an upcoming mobile feature revealed the plan and the rollout will follow in November.

When this new features arrives, users of YouTube’s apps will be able to download videos while a data or Wi-Fi connection is available and watch them at another time offline. The videos will be available for a set period only – AllThingsD cites 48 hours – before they are removed from the device.

A key use case for this will be on the morning or evening commute, when people might have some time to kill but might not have access to the internet. Or, it might just save them using up their data plan.

The new feature is part of ongoing rollouts to enhance YouTube’s mobile experience, which just last month underwent a revamp.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.