YouTube’s Smart Offline Built Keeping Indian Prepaid Users in Mind

The popular video streaming platform is now data saver optimised also.

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YouTube now has a smart offline feature for users in India. (Photo Courtesy: iStockphoto)

Video streaming service YouTube on Thursday rolled out a new feature ‘Smart Offline’ that lets a user download a video at cheaper night data rates offered by mobile operators in India.

Today, we are beginning to roll out a feature called Smart Offline on YouTube that lets you take advantage of these cheaper data rates as offered by your mobile operator, without requiring you to stay up late at night
YouTube blogpost

When a user taps on the grey arrow to take a video offline, a prompt will appear, giving him/her the option to select “save overnight” using the mobile operator’s discounted night data plan.

In all likelihood, this feature is available to users with a prepaid mobile connection, as they are the ones who get to choose pocket-size plans differing for different time of the day.

Here’s how the YouTube smart offline feature works. (Photo: Google blogpost)
Here’s how the YouTube smart offline feature works. (Photo: Google blogpost)

When the user selects it, the YouTube app will smartly schedule the video to be offline after peak hours that night. The videos will be ready to watch offline and on the go, with no buffering the next morning, the company said.

However, we’d like to tell you that the feature is only available for Airtel and Telenor users right now. More operators will be added in the coming months, says Google.

Google has followed up on the offline download feature with the night-mode download option, which is bound to catch the fancy of Indian mobile users.

Note: The feature will not work on WiFi networks and one needs to update YouTube app to the latest version to reap its benefits.

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