YouTube allows to download videos for offline viewing, but there are some caveats. Users in India (and users in some other regions) can easily download YouTube videos on their smartphones using YouTube’s download options. For free users, this is limited to 720p resolution and the file can be used for 48 hours. Advanced users can download videos in full resolution. However, although YouTube downloads are officially limited to mobile users, the streaming platform has also recently added an offline mode feature to the desktop. The only problem is that this feature is limited to advanced users. However, not all videos can be -videos set for private viewing are not downloadable, and there is an offline viewing option that can be disabled by content creators.

How to download YouTube videos on mobile devices

Although YouTube Premium membership allows downloading content for offline viewing, can also download some videos in addition to paid memberships. These videos can only be watched offline for a maximum of 48 hours. After that, you need to reconnect the to the mobile or Wi-Fi network every 48 hours. Reconnecting will allow the app to check for changes to the video or its availability. There are only a few places in the world where you can download videos. India is included in the list, and you can check the supported regions on this page. Follow the steps below to download YouTube videos on Android or iOS:

  1. Open the YouTube application and go to the video you want to download.

  2. Click on Three point icon Place it below the video.Click on Download the video.

  3. After the download is complete, the user can Library> Download.

  4. If you want to change the download quality, please go to set up By clicking the profile tab and then clicking download. Tap Download quality And from the available options. Advanced can download at higher resolutions, and free users can download to 720p quality.

How to download YouTube videos on the desktop

Recently, YouTube introduced a feature that allows desktop browser to download videos for offline viewing. Google-owned platforms say that only computers with the latest version of Chrome, Edge or Opera browsers support this feature. Unlike mobile devices, this feature is only available for advanced users of desktop devices. To download videos on the desktop, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Open YouTube on your browser. Make sure your browser has been updated to the latest version.

  2. Go to the video you want to watch offline and click Three dots The menu at the bottom of the video.Click on download.

  3. After downloading the video, you can find it in the hamburger menu on the left, in download part.

  4. To the download quality, go to Settings> Download. YouTube Premium can download Full HD (1080p) quality.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for TechnologyShout. Her reporting expertise covers smartphones, wearable devices, apps, social media and the entire technology industry. She reported from Mumbai and wrote about the ups and downs of India’s telecommunications industry. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter via @MuteRiot, and clues, tips and announcements can be sent to

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