YouTube now lets you download videos on iPhone, Android and PC – here’s how to do it

YOUTUBE is adding a new way for paying subscribers to watch their favourite videos while they’re on the move.

The US video platform this week began testing giving members of YouTube Premium the ability to download content onto their laptop.


YouTube now lets you download videos onto your PCCredit: AFP

It means you can store up content on your device for a train or plane journey, when you might not have decent WiFi for streaming.

The handy feature is already available on your mobile or tablet, and now some users can store videos on their desktop web browser, too.

YouTube has made the trial op-in for select users of Premium – the site’s $11.99/£11.99 a month paid-for tier.

To find out if you’re eligible, head to YouTube’s experimental features page, which lists tests available for Premium subscribers.

You can opt in provided you have a supported browser: One of the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Opera.

Once you’re signed up, you can download a video by tapping the button that appears under YouTube videos.

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Stored clips will appear in the Downloads section of the hamburger menu on the left side of the screen.

The test runs through to October 19. The feature will then likely be rolled out to all users by the end of the year.

If you’re a Premium member, you can also download videos using the same technique on your tablet or smartphone.

You can only do that while using the official YouTube iOS or Android app.

YouTube launched Premium in 2014 as an answer to money-printing streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

For a monthly fee, users get ad-free video, music and video downloads, and access to YouTube original movies and TV shows.

YouTube Premium launched in 2014


YouTube Premium launched in 2014Credit: Getty
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