Downloading YouTube videos is a native feature available to users of paid service plans. The function allows you to watch these contents without spending data or having to be connected to the internet. Who on YouTube Premium subscriber, however, has alternatives.
The lighter version of the platform, YouTube Go, offers the option to change the quality of the streaming. Thus, you can save your mobile data. Already the traditional app also allows you to change the resolution in order to reduce consumption.
How to download videos on YouTube and watch offline
To download YouTube videos natively, you will need to subscribe to YouTube Premium. Movies are available in the Library for 48 hours after downloading and can be viewed even without internet access.
To keep them in the device after this time, I need to connect to a Wi-Fi or 3G / 4G network. The app needs to check for possible changes and availability.
1. Open the YouTube app as you normally do and access the video you want to download;
2. Tap on the Download, displayed just below the video;
3 Choose the quality you want to download the video with: High (720p), Average (360p) or Low (144p). Next to each of them is specified the amount of data that the download requires. Confirm selection at OK;
- To avoid mobile data consumption, it is ideal to perform the process connected to a Wi-Fi network.
4 Wait for the download to complete. Once it is finished, the cone turns into a blue arrow;
5 To watch the video offline, go to the tab Library and tap Saved. The downloaded videos will be available in this folder.
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Watching videos on YouTube Go and saving mobile data
To perform the procedure below, you need to download and install the YouTube Go app on your Android smartphone. It is important to remember that the less bandwidth you use to watch a movie, the lower the display quality should be.
The difference with reducing the quality of display in the traditional YouTube app is that you know exactly how much data is consumed by watched video.
1. Open YouTube Go and access the video you want to watch;
2. Before the content starts to run, the following message will appear on the screen: Choose the quality of streaming. You can choose from:
- Data saving (less data consumption)
- Standard quality
- High quality (higher data consumption)
3 Confirm your selection at To watch. Soon, video playback will start.
Is it possible to save data in the traditional YouTube app?
Yes, you can, but without the precision offered by YouTube Go. To do this, open the video you want to watch and tap the three dots icon at the top of the right screen. In the menu that opens, go to Quality.
The options displayed vary according to the quality in which the video was recorded or made available on the platform. In general, they range from 144p to 1080p.
It's hard to tell how much each movie spends. According to specialized website Whistle out, YouTube videos have the following estimated time-consuming consumption:
Data Consumption Per Minute
Data consumption per hour
See also how to change video quality on Netflix and watch in HD.
How do you know how much data YouTube is consuming?
Mobile operating systems often offer users ways to check the amount of data consumed by each installed app.
On Android, just go to Set up Network and Internet Using app data. Then drag the screen to see how much internet has spent on each app in the last month.
On iOS, follow the path Cellular Adjustments or Mobile Data Adjustments. Then scroll down and check how much each application has consumed bandwidth.
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Journalist graduated from UFRJ, writes about technology for seven years. Carioca currently lives in Portugal, the country he adopted. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, watching movies, and doing series marathons. Instagram is her favorite social network, but WhatsApp saves her from missing those who stayed in Brazil.