In its experimentation program reserved for YouTube Premium, the online video service now offers the possibility of downloading videos legally and officially.
Google has decided to let YouTube evolve. In recent months, the firm has launched numerous experiments: activate the picture in picture on iPhone, translate comments or even a new navigation. The latest is perhaps the most interesting so far.
Access to YouTube videos offline on PC
Uploading videos to YouTube has been in high demand since the service began. This can allow you to make funny montages, create GIFs or even access videos even without an internet connection. There are many services today that offer the most illegal way to download YouTube videos. Google has decided to tackle it by offering a perfectly official way.
You can find the function on the experimental features page of YouTube. Remember that these tests are reserved for YouTube Premium subscribers.
As on mobile, this function will allow you to download YouTube videos in a controlled environment in order to watch them later, without connection to the Internet. We may be less used to it on PC, but the option also goes through an application, a PWA web app. By clicking on the “download” button under a video, YouTube offers us to install the application in question.
PWA applications have their own local PC storage system. This is what YouTube will use to download the videos.
There is then a new “downloads” section to view all the videos downloaded upstream. The users of this function on mobile will not be disoriented.
The parameters of the function are there, even if we do not find a lot of options. We can still choose a video quality for the downloads and the ability to delete all video downloads with one click.
If we refer to the experiments page, this test will run until October 19. After this date, we imagine that Google will decide whether or not to perpetuate this function.