Finally: Offline support coming to YouTube

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 18 Sep 2013

If you live somewhere where connectivity is cheap, fast, and ubiquitous, then you’re not going to care about today’s monumental news: YouTube will finally bring offline support to their mobile app. Now there aren’t any specific details to share, just this one quote from YouTube’s very own corporate blog: “This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable.”

Why is this important? Say you live in the United States, a place where you need to worry not only about coverage, but bandwidth caps as well. Imagine how nice it would be if you could tell your phone to download all the videos from a specific channel while you’re asleep so you can watch them when you’re taking the train to work. Now you no longer have to worry about burning through your battery due to streaming, and if Google plays their cards right, they could also start notifying you of new content instead of you having to open the YouTube app.

And say you’re in a country where the only place you can get a reliable internet connection is a café or public institution such as a library. You no longer have to use apps like TubeMate to illegally rip YouTube videos, you can cache them, watch them at home, and then go back to your favorite place to grab some more.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to this.