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Google Teases YouTube Offline Mode in Latest Google Play Screenshots

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Over on Google Play, the latest screenshots posted for the official YouTube app show off a feature which isn’t actually available for regular users. The feature is an Offline Mode, which has been discussed over the course of the past few months dating back to September in 2013, but has yet to come to fruition from Google.

The Offline Mode, reported to allow users to cache videos on their devices for several days, grants YouTube viewers the opportunity to watch videos even without a data connection.

While it is promising to see screenshots of this feature posted on Google Play, it could be that a few Google employees are simply running a dogfood version of the application, meaning it could still be quite a bit of time before the public sees it.

We will cross our fingers that this wasn’t a complete mistake and Google intends to launch this feature soon.

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ViaAndroid Police | Google Play
  • Voltism

    Swear to god people who work for the biggest companies suck the hardest at making apps. Youtube can’t even play videos with the screen off, instagram can’t add a border to a picture so the whole thing fits, and facebook is pure garbage.

  • Concerned in Cleveland

    Does this mean Google will monitor our activities offline as well? Will they provide our data to advertisers and government?

  • Big EZ

    I hope it comes soon, and it would be nice if it were better than the previous caching feature. Not sure why they removed the previous caching before implementing this.

  • litobirdy

    Yes as Bryan Mills says, How about being able to listen/continue watching with screen off or out of the app itself.

  • Robert Paulson

    Only reason I get overage charges is because caching in YouTube is awful. Pretty awesome. As for Bmills and T4rd trying to use YouTube as a free music streaming app… pretty sure there are around 10 different options right now for that…

    • T4rd

      I actually use it to listen to shows/podcasts when they haven’t shown up on Pocketcasts yet. And yes, I listed one of the options (Viral) in that same post.

    • Big EZ

      My usage when from 20-22 gb a month to 50-65 gb a month when they removed caching. That’s with me not even using it as much (it won’t load often on Verizon’s network) and streaming at 240p or 360.

  • Bryan Mills

    How about….working when the screen is off, or after closing it?

    • hkklife

      Viral. Most underrated app out there now IMO.

      • litobirdy

        WOw hkklife, you’re absolutely right. I’m been using it for the past 10 mins and this is awesome
        i hope it’s not a battery hog or a permissions whoreee lol

  • T4rd

    What happened to screen-off playback? Pretty much the only reason I use Viral.

    • Big EZ

      Just another one of the many features they removed from their apps. Screen off and caching are the two features I want back most on YouTube. I don’t even understand why they removed it to begin with.