YouTube is testing a new feature. With this new feature users can download videos in their desktop web browser. This latest feature is currently available for premium subscribers as an experimental feature.
Currently, YouTube allows paid subscribers of Android and iOS to download content for offline viewing. This new feature will be supported only on computers with the latest versions of Chrome, Edge or Opera browsers.
Interested users can visit the Try experimental new features page of YouTube. Here is a list of tests that are available for premium subscribers.
While watching the video, eligible users will see the option to download the video. This button will be visible to the users to the right of the Like and Share buttons. Users can select different resolutions for the quality of the video by going to the settings menu.
Users will get maximum full-HD (1080p), high (720p), medium (480p) and low (144p) options in the settings. To free up space, users will also get the option to delete all local downloads.
After selecting the download option, YouTube will start downloading the videos. After the download is complete, users will be able to watch the video by going to the downloads section. Downloaded videos can be played back from youtube.com/feed/downloads or through the side navigation panel.
This new feature is available for testing till 19 October. However, YouTube may hardly launch it officially soon. At present, only premium subscribers of YouTube on Android and iOS can be given the download option to watch the video offline.