Downloading YouTube videos is a native feature available to users of the service’s paid plans. The function allows you to watch these contents without wasting data or needing to be connected to the internet. Those who are not a subscriber to YouTube Premium, however, have alternatives.
The lighter version of the platform, YouTube Go, offers the option to change the streaming quality. So, you can save your mobile data. The traditional app also allows you to change the resolution in order to reduce consumption.
How to Download YouTube Videos and Watch Offline
To download YouTube videos natively, you must be a YouTube Premium subscriber. Films are available in the Library for 48 hours after being downloaded and can be viewed even without internet access.
To keep them on your device after that time, you need to connect to a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G network. The app needs to check 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 icon, displayed right below the video;
3. Choose the quality with which you want to download the video: High (720p), Medium (360p), or Low (144p). Next to each one of them is specified the amount of data that the download demands. Confirm selection with OK ;
- To avoid consuming mobile data, the ideal is to carry out the process connected to a Wi-Fi network.
4. Wait for the download to complete. Once complete, the icon will change to a blue arrow;
5. To watch the video offline, go to the Library tab and tap Salvos. The downloaded videos will be available in this folder.
How to Watch Videos on YouTube Go and Save 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 viewing quality should be.
The difference from reducing display quality in the traditional YouTube app is knowing exactly how much data will be consumed per video watched.
1. Open YouTube Go and access the video you want to watch;
2. Before the content starts to play, the following message will appear on the screen: Choose streaming quality. You can choose between:
- Data saving (lower data consumption)
- Standard quality
- High quality (higher data consumption)
3. Confirm your selection in Watch. Soon, video playback will start.
Is it possible to save data in a traditional YouTube app?
Yes, it’s possible, but without the precision offered by YouTube Go. To do this, open the video you want to watch and tap on the three dots icon at the top of the screen on the right. In the menu that opens, go to Quality.
The options displayed vary depending on 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 pinpoint how much each movie spends. According to the specialized website Whistle Out, YouTube videos have the following estimated consumption per watched time:
Data consumption per minute
|1.3 MB||3.3 MB||5 MB||8.3 MB||25 MB||50 MB|
Data consumption per hour
|80 MB||200 MB||300 MB||500 MB||1.5 GB||3 GB|
How do you know how much data YouTube is consuming?
Mobile operating systems often provide users with ways to check the amount of data consumed by each installed app.
On Android, just go to Setup → Network & Internet → App Data Usage. Then, drag the screen to see how much internet you’ve been spending with each app in the last month.
On iOS, follow the path Settings → Mobile or Settings → Mobile Data. Then, just scroll the screen and see how much bandwidth each application has consumed.
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