Friday, 10 June 2016

YouTube Starts Rolling Out 'Smart Offline' Feature in India


YouTube has rolled out a new feature 'Smart Offline' that lets a user download a video at cheaper night data rates offered by mobile operators in India. So, those using night data packs can make use of this service.

"Today, we are beginning to roll out a feature called Smart Offline on YouTube that lets you take advantage of these cheaper data rates as offered by your mobile operator, without requiring you to stay up late at night," the company wrote on its blog.

When users will taps the button to push a video offline, a message will appear that will give you the option to select “Save overnight” using your mobile operator’s discounted night data plan. When you select it, the YouTube app will smartly schedule your video to be offlined after peak hours that night. This lets you watch the video seamlessly without any buffering. YouTube’s Smart Offline feature only works with videos downloaded or viewed over cellular networks.

This feature was rolled out for Airtel and Telenor subscribers on Thursday and would be brought to all users in India soon. The feature will not work on Wi-Fi networks and one needs to update YouTube app to the latest version to reap its benefits.

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