YouTube Red is finally here, offering paying subscribers (only in the US, for now) some pretty nifty features, including ad-free video, background play and the ability to save videos offline for US$9.99 per month. It includes a subscription to Google Play Music and they even have a free trial for 30 days if you are still on the fence.

Here, we are going to teach you how to download, then watch, YouTube videos for offline viewing with the YouTube and YouTube Gaming Android apps.

Step 1: Begin watching any video on the YouTube or YouTube Gaming app.

Step 2: Tap the gray ‘Add to Offline’ button below the video player (as seen in the image below).

Click the arrow to download video for offline watching.
Click the arrow to download video for offline watching.

Step 3: Select the video quality you wish to download.

Step 4: Once the download the is complete, the icon will change to a blue ‘Available Offline’ button.

Step 5: Go to your Account tab in the YouTube or YouTube Gaming app, then tap the ‘Saved Videos’ block to start watching your saved videos (as seen below).

Click on your account to view "My Videos".
Click on your account to view “My Videos”.

To delete your saved offline videos, tap the ‘Available Offline’ button, then select Remove. You can also access the Settings page to set the quality of your offline videos and change whether to download over Wi-Fi only.

A few more things to consider: you can only watch your offline videos if you are logged into your YouTube Red account, you cannot like or comment on a video while offline and you can watch your offline videos for up to 30 days after saving them.

List of downloaded videos.
List of downloaded videos.

Now that you know how to save your favorite YouTube videos for later, hopefully those long commuter trips will be a lot more bearable, without the possibility of exceeding your mobile data allowance.

Let us know what your first thoughts and impressions are of YouTube Red. Is this service something worth paying for if you’re not already paying for Google Play Music? Drop us a line below.

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  1. When you go in to YouTube without data, you can’t look at your profile, and thus are unable to watch downloaded videos. Do you have to have data or am I doing something wrong?

  2. Or you can just save yourself the $9.99 a month and use a free online service to download the video to your device..
    Just add “dlv” in front of youtube in the URL like they describe on their page..

  3. I can’t figure out how to rearrange my downloaded videos into an order I wish to view them in. Is there a way?

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