October 14, 2021
YouTube Now Offers a Download Option for the Web for Premium Members for a Limited Time

YouTube Finally Adds a Download Tool for its Web Interface but Not Everyone can Use It (Plus, it’s Only Temporary)

YouTube Premium subscribers can now download videos for offline viewing, but only until Tuesday, October 19th, when the experiment ends…

YouTube is well-known for its lack of a download option that causes viewers to visit sketchy sites in order to get the same function. That’s a recipe for being plagued with malware. Or, worse yet, having to deal with a ransomware situation. Now, YouTube is giving at least some of its viewers the option to download videos. But, it’s only available for Premium subscribers and just until Tuesday, October 19th, when the company’s test ends.

YouTube Now Offers a Download Option for the Web for Premium Members for a Limited Time

The experimental YouTube download tool is apparently widely geographically accessible, showing up in India, France, as well as just about everywhere else. However, not all Premium members are part of the test and therefore, it isn’t popping up on their desktops. Where it is available, it resides on the horizontal menu, between the SHARE and SAVE buttons. 

But, where it is accessible, downloaded videos are available at youtube.com/feed/downloads, which is also placed in the side navigation panel. It’s supported by Windows, MacOs, as well as ChromeOS. However, the test trial runs through most of October, with the experiment ending on the 19th of the month.

William Boleys

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