Because of how expansive data in our part of the world is, we don’t really enjoy the YouTube experience to its max. Videos take time buffering and the only time we get to enjoy it is when we are connected to high-speed WiFi or our internet service is running at its peak. But when that period is over, we go back to square 1. What if I told you that there’s a solution that will help you save videos you want to watch offline so when your internet service goes back to being slow, you don’t have to worry about buffering? Yes, try YouTube Go.

YouTube Go

The app allows you to save videos to your device or SD card for offline viewing — potentially reducing your mobile data usage. It is optimized for users with slow internet connections. YouTube Go enables users to download videos while they’re inside reach of a Wifi system, and after that watch them later — a key component for markets where broadband and fast mobile internet isn’t universal right now. The application additionally makes it conceivable to see videos before downloading them, and pick the download quality of every video.

The way it operates is the same as the regular YouTube app but when you select a video to view, YouTube Go will ask if you instead want to download it. Videos are available in two resolutions “basic quality” (which looks like 144p) and “standard quality” (possibly 360p): there’s no access to HD resolutions here. However, the app is designed primarily for regions with comparatively slower internet speeds on devices with small storage capacities.

You can also share offline videos with friends via Bluetooth, though Google notes this will require access to the internet to perform a 15kb security check once the video is received.


Control your data $
– Choose to download or watch
– Preview videos before you download or watch
– Choose how many MBs you use on videos

Download videos
– Download videos to your phone or SD card
– Play them without buffering
– Watch them anytime, anywhere – even with slow or no internet connection
– Watch downloaded videos many times with no extra data cost

Share videos instantly ?
– Share with friends and family nearby
– Video transfer uses no data
– Super-fast speed: send and receive videos in seconds

Super fast! Less phone hang ?
– No more worrying about phone hanging
– Made to work with less storage and slow speeds
– Works on older Android versions back to Jellybean (Android 4.1)

Download videos on YouTube Go by doing the following:

  1. Select the video you’d like to download on the Home tab or the search results page.
  2. Tap the video thumbnail.
  3. Select the video quality that you would like to download the video in, then tap Download.

Note that standard quality is selected by default.

The Download button  will appear blue below the video once it’s downloaded. Learn more about downloading videos to an SD card.

In case your device’s connectivity is lost in the process of downloading a video, your progress will be saved and resume automatically when you reconnect to the internet.

Downloaded videos can be played offline for up to 29 days in certain countries. After that, you’ll need to reconnect your device to a mobile or Wi-Fi network every 29 days after. YouTube Go can use minimal data to check for changes to the video or its availability. If a downloaded video is no longer available for offline playback, it will be removed from your device during the next sync.

It is also important to note that when you download a video from YouTube Go, you can’t access it from your Photos or Gallery on your Android device. You can only see and watch them using the YouTube Go app.

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