YouTube Bringing “Add To Device” Functionality To Mobile App
YouTube has just sent out a notice to all YouTube Partners notifying them of a new feature set to launch for the YouTube App:
YouTube is adding a new functionality that is currently scheduled to launch in November for their mobile app. This functionality is part of ongoing updates to give users more opportunities to enjoy videos and channels on YouTube mobile.
On the YouTube app, users will be able, through “add to device” functionality available on videos and playlists, to designate certain content that they can watch for a short period of time when an internet connection is unavailable. With this, if a user experiences a loss of connectivity, they will still be able to watch the videos that they’ve added to their device for a limited period of up to 48 hours. If the device is offline for more than 48 hours the content cannot be viewed offline until the device reconnects. Once connected, the offline window refreshes and the viewer is able to watch the content again.
From the watch page through the “add to device” functionality feature, viewers will be able to designate certain content that they can watch for a short period of time when they do not have connectivity. At the time when the user no longer has connectivity, they will be able to watch the videos and playlists they have added to their device by accessing the videos through an “on device” section of their guide.
So it sounds like you’ll be downloading the video content to your phone so you can view it without any data connection. This would be very helpful in keeping your data consumption down on your device when away from a Wi-Fi hotspot. There’s no mention of how many videos you’ll be able to “add to device” but I’m sure there will be some kind of cap so as to not overload the device and take up too much storage space. Be on the look out for this update in November on your YouTube app.