YouTube is getting an update, which brings in a new feature that will make watching videos even cheaper. YouTube offline mode helped rid us off the pain of buffering videos, and now it has gotten even better. Called ‘Smart Offline’, this feature allows users to download videos when their mobile data is running on a discounted pack. Since mobile operators offer cheaper data rates around late night, you can utilize that for downloading videos. And no, you need not stay up to manually download them. Also Read - YouTube gets over 10 billion downloads on Google Play storeAlso Read - How to delete YouTube search history in simple steps
So this is how it works. You click on the gray arrow button for downloading videos to watch offline and an option of Save overnight will pop up. On selecting that, YouTube will schedule your videos to be downloaded during the late night hours when your data pack is at a lower rate. Also Read - Google, YouTube, Gmail suffered massive outage last night: Here’s what happened
Your smartphone needs to be connected to a mobile network to enable this feature, and the downloaded videos will be saved under the ‘Saved Videos’ tab. For now this feature is only rolling out to Airtel and Telenor networks. YouTube will eventually roll it out to other mobile carriers in India as well.
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This feature comes as an advantage for Indian users as the data pack charges in India are still expensive. Due to this, people resort to watching videos at lower resolutions to save data. This feature will no doubt encourage users to watch more videos on the platform, and the expensive data packs won’t burn a hole in the pockets either.