youtube.pngVideo sharing service YouTube has announced on its blog for creators and partners that it will be updating its mobile apps for iOS and Android with an offline viewing mode, stating that users will be allowed to add videos to their devices to watch for a "short period when an internet connection is unavailable", with AllThingsD reporting that the window will be up to 48 hours.

YouTube says that the feature will be implemented in November and will be a part of many updates planned for YouTube viewing on mobile devices.

This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute. [...]

Check out the YouTube blog when this launches in November for more details on how this will work for viewers.

YouTube's iOS app was last updated late last month with continuous, touch-free playback of video playlists and a new picture-in-picture playback that allowed users to watch a video while still browsing through search results. The service originally launched a native YouTube app for the iPhone after Apple removed the Apple-supplied YouTube iOS app with the release of iOS 6.

YouTube is a universal app for iOS devices and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Kissaragi Avatar
120 months ago
Thats good but the feature I want most is being able to choose which resolution it plays at.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
trainwrecka Avatar
120 months ago
Oh, how I miss the Apple-run YouTube app. There are so many ads in the Google version. Funny how those HD ads never have an issue loading, but the video you actually want to watch is broadcast in 240p and can't load past 5 seconds...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kwikdeth Avatar
120 months ago
Id just be happy if i could get through a 30 seconnd clip without it buffering multiple times...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonasdamn Avatar
120 months ago
Damn when it will be possible to run youtube in background
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ReanimationN Avatar
120 months ago
Oh, how I miss the Apple-run YouTube app. There are so many ads in the Google version. Funny how those HD ads never have an issue loading, but the video you actually want to watch is broadcast in 240p and can't load past 5 seconds...

This.

Google's YouTube app is pretty bad. McTube Pro used to be the best, before Google and Apple had it removed for offering a caching feature, which is now what Google is going to offer in their app.

The new McTube app is decent, while Protuber offers the caching feature McTube Pro used to have.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maxwelltech Avatar
120 months ago
I would rather have offline viewing in Google Maps...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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