The YouTube team is hard at work stomping out the various interruptions that disrupt our binge video consumption. Their last major update to the mobile app introduced a sometimes awesome, sometimes annoying, picture-in-picture-ish feature that keeps the current video streaming while you search for the next one to play. Now the team is adding the ability to temporarily save videos for offline viewing. This way not even a power outage can come between you and those adorable cats.


The team says the new feature will enable fans to save video for an unspecified short period of time. Hopefully these videos linger around long enough to enjoy in the middle of a camping trip, while your kid's benched during a baseball game, or during a cross-country flight. The BBC Android app stores videos for up to 30 days (or 7 days after the first viewing), and that's a definition of "short" I could easily get behind.

Offline playback won't roll out until November, so we'll have to wait and see for now. In the meantime, gosh those cats are cute.

Source: YouTube

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Malakith

    i'd much rather have the option to play videos with the screen off again

    • epsiblivion

      try floating youtube player.

    • Danijel Obadić
      • Matthew Fry

        I prefer PVSTAR+

    • squiddy20

      Or the ability to navigate out of the app but have it keep playing audio.

    • blahmoomoo

      Or the ability to navigate out of the app without flushing the video buffer. It's so annoying to have to wait for it to buffer the video again because I accidentally tapped something like the switch app button.

      • Matthew Fry

        Seriously! Detect if we're running 1.5-2GB and keep it cached. You may flush after... 30 minutes of not returning to it.

  • cabbiebot

    am I crazy or is there no way to do multiple youtube accounts?

  • coversnails

    I'd be happy if they could add a refresh button to the My Subscriptions section. Always have to kill the app and come back to see of new videos have been uploaded.

    • remister

      I usually go to a different channel and back to My Subscription for it to refresh.

  • remister

    I am not sure why trending videos doesn't keep loading more videos anymore. It only shows top 10 now. I am glad to have an older phone with an old version of youtube, that can show me most popular, highest rated etc (like the old days)

    • Mike Newman

      Pre-loading only worked if you had an internet connection. It would download the video on wifi and then phone home over wifi or 3G to check if you're still allowed to watch it. So you can't turn on airplane mode and run into the subway.

      • Panzerbjørn

        Which makes it largely worthless -_-

    • Guest

      Heh, I was just typing out a reply to that effect. It looks like offline mode is going to be what pre-loading *should* have been, allowing us to watch our pre-loaded videos without needing to be connected.

  • H2

    Incoming TV does this already.

    • Seiga

      True... but it doesn't utilize Googlecast api, while Youtube does. Offline streaming to your Chromecast. That's going to be pretty cool!

  • Lalit Mali

    Whaaaaat?! Didn't they already have offline playback in Android YouTube app? It used to preload 'Watch later' playlist when on wifi. No?

    • Matthew Fry

      Probably the difference is that this will allow you to pick and choose and keep for a short time.

    • Panzerbjørn

      The difference would be that, in my experience, youtube's preloading just doesn't work.
      If you're not on-line, you can't log in to see what has, supposedly, been preloaded, and if you are online but on a poor connection, items with the green arrow that shows that it has been preloaded still buffer...

  • edzuslv

    I already have an option to watch list - saved for later. Well it doesnt working because in offline mode app asks to login and in offline mode ir cant login.

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    Going to need to adopt a few minimum standards (ignoring the fact it is 2013) - the need supporting utilisation of MicroSD, phasing in "overdue" 32GB as min internal storage, and 64 and 128gb options needs to be supported internally or via SDXC!

    • Björn Lundén

      If Google and the device manufacturers had made the right decision to include a decent amount of internal storage in the early days and as a result, developers wouldn't have misused the sdcard like they did, sdcards might have still been around on Nexus devices. If sdcards were strictly for media and photos it would be a much nicer experience than any current device using sdcards.

  • Matthew Fry

    I for one would like them to allow > 64Kb/s speeds on mobile devices.