YouTube is adding a new way for paying subscribers to watch their favorite videos while they’re on the move. Here’s everything you need to know about how to download YouTube videos on PC and smartphone.
The U.S. video platform this week began testing giving members of YouTube Premium the ability to download videos onto their PC.
It means you can store up content on your device for a train or plane journey when you might not have decent WiFi for streaming.
The handy feature is already available on mobile or tablet, and now some users can store videos on their desktop web browser, too.
YouTube has made the trial opt-in for select users of Premium – the site’s $11.99 a month paid-for tier.
To find out if you’re eligible, head to YouTube’s experimental features page, which lists tests available for Premium subscribers.
You can opt-in provided you have a supported browser: One of the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Opera.
Once you’re signed up, you can download YouTube videos by tapping the button that appears under YouTube videos.
Stored clips will appear in the downloads section of the hamburger menu on the left side of the screen.
The test runs through to October 19. The feature will then likely be rolled out to all users by the end of the year.
If you are a Premium Member, you can also download videos using the same technique on your tablet or smartphone. “You can only do that while using the official YouTube iOS or Android app.”
YouTube launched Premium in 2014 as an answer to money-printing streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
For a monthly fee, users get ad-free video, music, and download YouTube Videos, and access to original movies and TV shows.