For all premium subscribers, YouTube made it possible to download videos offline, but this was previously only applicable to iOS and Android. YouTube is currently testing a new feature that will allow premium web users to download content as reported by PA.
As this is a trial feature at the moment, you won’t be able to find it on your desktop unless you enable the option. To activate it, just visit this page where you can try out upcoming YouTube features which have not yet been launched and which are only being tested. Then head to “Download Videos From Your Browser.” You can activate this test with a YouTube prompt reminding you that only one test can be run at a time. Thus, the test you are already experimenting with will be disabled by default when you enable this one.
Once this feature is enabled, videos will have a download icon. You will be able to choose between saving or sharing your favorite playlists. The process can even be started from the menu on the top thumbnails. Tapping on this tile will immediately initiate the process. You’ll even notice a progress update icon at the bottom of the screen that will let you keep tabs on downloads and remind you to keep the tab open to resume.
To see the progress of all your recent downloads, you will need to navigate to youtube.com/feed/downloads and you will be able to get all the details about your downloads. The process is not difficult and the navigation is a breeze. The settings available here allow users to not only erase everything that already exists, but also choose the download quality.
When it comes to download quality, there are only 4 options available. The first is Full HD, i.e. 1080p, followed by High, i.e. 720p. These are followed by Medium and Low, or 480p and 144p respectively. Downloads will remain intact as long as you have a stable internet connection for a month, as the site states.
Finally, this feature cannot be tested on all devices. To test this, users need computers with the latest search engines. Additionally, Safari is not supported for the trial although we are sure that once the feature is launched it will be available on all media.
The test version is only available until October 19 while YouTube has not commented on the official launch date.
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