Google today has officially announced that the offline viewing function for its YouTube app is now available for users in Malaysia. Originally announced for several Asian countries back in 2014, this particular feature allows users to temporarily save videos from YouTube into their device.
Specifically, users are able to access the saved videos without the need to be online for up to 48 hours. Once the time has expired, users will have to connect their device every 48 hours in order for the offline viewing rights to be verified and restored. Of course, the saved video will be removed from users’ device when they are no longer available on YouTube itself.
At the same time, do note that not all videos are available for offline viewing. Furthermore, users need to be signed in to YouTube in order to utilize the features. Quality-wise, it seems like users are able to download the videos in resolutions of up to 720p according to our own experience with the new feature.
Available for Android and iOS version of the app, it might be a useful feature for users that want to save their precious data while commuting from home to work and vice versa. It might also be suitable for users that are expecting a long flight ahead, so that they can download contents that they like from YouTube to enjoy during the journey beforehand.