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YouTube has been testing a new feature that will allow users to download videos on their desktop Web browser. This latest feature is presently available for Premium subscribers as an experimental feature.
YouTube allows paid subscribers on Android and iOS to download content for viewing in offline mode, currently. This feature will only be supported in computers with the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Opera browsers.
Try experimental new features page can be visited by interested users, that lists tests available for Premium subscribers. While watching a video, eligible users can see an option to Download the video, right beside the like and share buttons.
The users get a choice to download videos in various resolutions in the Settings menu with full-HD (1080p) as a maximum. High (720p), Medium (480p), and Low (144p) are also available.
There is an option to delete all local downloads from the browser cache with one button, to free up the space.
Once the download is complete, users can watch it from the Downloads section that's reachable from the hamburger menu on the left side of the screen below the “Watch Later” icon. Downloaded videos can be played back from youtube.com/feed/downloads or via the side navigation panel.
This new feature will be available for testing until October 19, and YouTube is likely to launch it officially soon.
At the present time, the YouTube app for Android and iOS allows Premium users to download videos for offline viewing, only if the video is not private and the creator allows it.