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How to Download YouTube Videos on Mobile or Desktop

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YouTube allows users to download videos for offline viewing, but there are some caveats. Indian users (and those from some other regions) can download YouTube videos to their smartphones easily with YouTube download option. For free users, this is limited to 720p resolution and files are available for 48 hours. Premium users can download the videos in full resolution. But while YouTube downloads were officially limited to mobile device users, the streaming platform recently added a feature for offline mode on the desktop as well. The only downside is that this feature is limited to Premium users. However, not all videos are downloadable; those that are set up for private viewing cannot be downloaded and there is also an option to view them offline that content creators can disable.

How to download YouTube videos on a mobile device

While the YouTube Premium membership allows content to be downloaded for offline viewing, there are some videos that users can download outside of the paid membership as well. These videos will be available offline only for up to 48 hours. After that, you will need to reconnect your device to a Wi-Fi or mobile network every 48 hours. The reconnection will allow the application to verify changes to the video or its availability. There are only a few locations in the world where video download is available. India is included in the list, and please check the supported regions on this page. Follow the steps below to download YouTube videos on Android or iOS:

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

  2. Click on the three dots icon placed below the video. Click on Download video.

  3. Once the download is complete, users can find it at Library> Downloads.

  4. If you want to change the download quality, go to Settings by clicking on the profile tab and then on downloads. Tap on Download quality and choose from the available options. While Premium users have the ability to download in higher resolutions, free users can download up to 720p quality.

How to Download YouTube Videos to Desktop

Very recently, YouTube introduced the ability to allow desktop browser users to download videos for offline viewing. The Google-owned platform says the feature will only be compatible with computers running the latest versions of the Chrome, Edge or Opera browsers. Unlike on mobile devices, this feature is only available to Premium users on desktop computers. To download a video to desktop, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Open YouTube in your browser. Make sure your browser is updated to the latest version.

  2. Go to the video you want to watch offline, click the three points menu at the bottom of the video. Click on Download.

  3. Once the video is downloaded, you can find it in the hamburger menu on the left, in the downloads section.

  4. To choose your download quality, go to Settings> Downloads. YouTube Premium users can download up to Full HD (1080p) quality.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting experience spans smartphones, wearable devices, apps, social media, and the technology industry in general. She reports from Mumbai and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecommunications sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and communications can be sent to [email protected] Plus

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