YouTube users in India can now download videos overnight within the mobile app by taking advantage of cheaper or discounted data packs available during late night hours or non-peak hours. The ‘Smart Offline’ feature, which was launched last week is available for users on Airtel and Telenor networks initially, while YouTube India says that it will extend the feature with more operators eventually. Note that the feature works on cellular data and not on Wi-Fi networks. While viewing a video on the YouTube app, users can tap on a grey arrow button to save the video offline; a prompt window will appear, asking the user to select “Save overnight” using discounted night data plan. When confirmed, the YouTube app will schedule the video to be downloaded after peak hours when data rates are cheaper or discounted. Not all videos are available offline: A similar feature for saving videos offline through the YouTube mobile app was launched in India in 2014. At that time, YouTube said that the feature was aimed at saving data billing by allowing users to watch videos many times over without a data connection. The offline feature is not available across all videos yet, although much of the popular YouTube content in India is available for offline viewing. This includes videos from partners like T-series, Saregama, Yashraj Films and others. YouTube introduces messaging on app Last month, YouTube had introduced a new messaging feature called native sharing. The feature was launched for a select group of users who can then invite friends…
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