Great news if you’re an Android users in Indonesia, India or the Philippines. YouTube has debuted a new functionality which allows users to watch videos offline.
Users in these particular countries can save videos for later and watch them when they’re not connected to the internet. It is available for content that varies from movies and songs to unboxing videos.
This new feature is available for many popular videos and users can choose to add them for offline viewing by tapping on the respective button – wherever that’s available. When this option is selected, those videos are downloaded within the app and can be viewed offline up to 48 hours later.
Making these popular videos available for offline playback will help people move past the challenges of data connection, speed and cost to enjoy a smooth, buffer-free version of their favorite content.
While Asia holds the first spot for the number of mobile connections and devices, it is still facing substantial challenges when it comes to 3G or 4G coverage and affordability. YouTube now responds to this problem by lowering the demand for mobile data in an area where a huge chunk of mobile consumers resides. Will it help it win more users?