The video streaming service YouTube once strictly banned downloads. But this is now a thing of the past. Currently, it is a function for premium members with a paid plan, but it is already officially providing a function that can be viewed offline by downloading videos from the mobile YouTube app for iOS and Android. This time, we started to provide this function experimentally for desktop as well.
According to the report, it was initially offered only to premium members in India and France. To actually use the download feature, just visit Try New Beta Features on our Premium Members Only page and select Download Videos in Your Browser.
However, since only one experimental new function can be used at a time, it must be turned off when using iOS Picture-in-Picture (PIP). With this feature, you’ll see a download button right next to the share below the video you’re watching. You can download the video and save it to your YouTube library offline. Downloadable video resolutions range from 144p to 1080p, and there is no size limit. As long as the internal storage space of your PC or Mac allows.
However, saved files are treated for offline viewing on the YouTube website or official app. For example, you cannot export videos in other formats. In addition, there is a condition that the device must be connected to the Internet at least once every 30 days.
However, for example, if you are using a laptop or MacBook in a place where there is no internet environment, such as on vacation, you can use it conveniently when it is difficult to provide a high-speed line even if there is a video you want to watch. Related information can be found here.