YouTube Is Temporarily Supporting Downloading Videos On Web

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YouTube Is Temporarily Supporting Downloading Videos On Web
27 Sep 2021
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YouTube is adding a new experimental feature to desktop users – the ability to save videos offline and view them later. The new feature, however, isn’t going to last longer, and YouTube’s experimental features page tells us it is only available until October 19. The feature is also only available on Desktops.

It is also noteworthy that the feature will allow users to select a default download quality, but this will max out at 1080p. This means even videos of higher resolution like a 4K clip will only be saved in 1080p maximum. With no native functionality to mimic this on the web like YouTube’s smartphone apps, users would often resort to third-party sites which would turn YouTube URLs into downloadable videos in multiple file formats. However, the safety of these third-party tools and websites could never be guaranteed.