YouTube app gets feature to automatically offline videos




Google is working on a feature for its YouTube video service which must ensure that videos are automatically downloaded to make them available offline. This function must be available in a new version of the YouTube application for Android.

Currently, the new feature is not yet available, but a teardown of the apk installer appears that Google is working to make it automatically available offline videos. Android Police discovered lines of code indicating that there is a possibility to synchronize video playlists automatically. This feature, called Playlist Auto Sync ensures that when a new video is added to the playlist then be automatically available offline. All this without the user having to select the video itself.

The auto sync feature is currently being tested, according to the source code. Therefore, the feature is currently only available for developers, who can turn it into a hidden menu. Moreover, it is already possible to create video playlists available offline, but users should change this manually when new videos are added. It should be noted that online video is not available everywhere, including in the Netherlands. Therefore it is also still unclear whether the new sync function for all users becomes available.

In the new version of the YouTube app where the references to the automatic syncing playlists were found is also a new feature that’ll be instantly available to users. There is a button to delete all stored offline videos from memory. In previous versions of the application were videos have to be removed individually. Probably the new version of the Android app, with number 10:35, rolled out in the coming days.


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