If you’ve ever been stranded in a remote location with no reception, or stuck on an airplane without an internet connection, you’ve experienced the dilemma — none of the apps that you use regularly will work offline. Alright there’s always Candy Crush Saga. But there are still only so many pieces of brightly colored candy that you can swap around before going into a digital sugar coma.
YouTube is stepping in to keep you connected even when you’re without internet by allowing users to watch videos in offline mode. Starting in November, users will be able to save video clips to their mobile devices for up to 48 hours and watch them when they’re not online. Good news when you know you have a long flight coming up and will be stuck in airplane mode.
The YouTube blog announced the news late last night:
We’re always exploring ways to bring more viewers to your content. As part of this effort, later this year we’ll launch a new feature on YouTube’s mobile apps that will help you reach fans — even when they’re not connected to the Internet.
This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.
This is part of our ongoing updates to give people more opportunities to enjoy videos and channels on YouTube mobile. Check out the YouTube blog when this launches in November for more details on how this will work for viewers.