The YouTube app was supposed to get an offline playback mode some time ago, but like the subscription music service, it hasn't materialized yet. That's not stopping Google from teasing it, though. Right in the Play Store you'll find a few screenshots with a navigation menu listing for offline videos.


Last we heard, the YouTube app's offline video mode would let you cache a video offline for a few days at most. The feature has popped up in some APK teardowns, but there's still nothing official. The screenshots in the Play Store don't necessarily mean anything is imminent, though. Googlers are probably using dogfood versions of the app with offline mode enabled and happened to use it for screenshots.


Somewhere out there is a version of the YouTube app with offline mode, and you can't have it. So look upon these screenshots and despair, puny mortal. I bet it also has the music service and a feature that makes girls like you.

[Play Store – Thanks, TrueRadiantFree]

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  • remister

    Artem still be mad, that he got Rick Trolled :)
    Offline mode will happen one update!

  • Addic7ed

    im waiting for the screen off option...

    • Pedro

      i gave up on waiting.. went to Viral instead...
      screen off, pop up video and background playing, is youtube made right.

      • Addic7ed

        i've viral pro too but it'always a good thing when the original app get this option

      • dude

        Viral is my preferred YouTube player. But lately I can't get it to work on any of my Android devices with 4.3 or newer and either Dalvik or ART for some reason.

        • Mlibbey

          me too!

      • Mlibbey

        viral locks up on me constantly, stuck with a black floating block on my screen, am i alone?

        • saf1927

          I don't have issues, but the app is a mess. Bad UI design and placement. I just use it when I need background playback. Otherwise I just use the official app.

          It also comes handy when trying to view content normally unavailable on mobile devices.

  • The Motto

    Could this be a server-side switching thing that they are testing at selected users? Google have been doing more of this server-side switching lately..

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M.e.Puente

    This is a must! I love T-Mobile, but their mobile data is spotty where I live 😥

    • dude

      For me, I mainly listen to youtube podcast while driving to work and in order to not use up the T-Mobile 5GB LTE limit before the end of the month, I have to stick with 240p. The watch offline feature would be useful. Yes, I could download the show and put it in my phone before hand, but.. well it's more convenient downloading it directly from the phone.

  • Ben F

    1080p please.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      you mean 1440p

  • Jannik

    here in germany i have this option on my n5!

    • EowynCarter

      You mean the offline mode?

  • F youtube

    use tubemate

  • TedPhillips

    what's the current youtube? i've got

  • Adi

    Also, recently while browsing the app I noticed if I switch off Data, and then tap on a video, it shows a toast saying: "Not available while offline"
    Not sure how long it's been like that.

    • EowynCarter

      I've seen that same message some times ago.
      Bugged me too.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Would have been useful when I was traveling several months ago. Would like to also see Netflix introducing a similar function, in order to watch stuff offline when I'm away in order to not get killed by my somewhat limited mobile data plan.

  • g

    Who the fuck is waiting for this? Just download the video and have it offline permanently.