YouTube introduced the ability to download videos for offline viewing in the year 2014. The offline viewing that first debuted in India is now expanding to more countries.
While earlier the YouTube offline viewing and downloading support used to have 16 countries including India it has now crossed over to 109 more countries, making a total of 125. Android Police notes that this coincides with the ‘expansion of YouTubeGo to more than 130 countries.’
Here is the full list of countries that now support this feature-
Afghanistan, Angola, Antarctica, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain,
Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Cambodia,
Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cook Islands, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Guiana,
French Polynesia, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau,
Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho,
Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands,
Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco,
Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia,
Niger, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea,
Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe,
Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Samoa, Saudi, Arabia, Senegal,
Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan,
Sri Lanka, Sudan, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania,
The Gambia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan,
Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The feature comes handy especially when the internet connectivity is poor in certain areas. If you reside in any of these countries, the feature might likely have reached your device. In case it hasn’t, it will roll out pretty soon.
For those who have received the update, they can use the feature for downloading certain videos for viewing by following these steps-
1. Select a video and tap on the down arrow (download) button
2. You can also select Download from a video’s context menu
3. The video once downloaded, a blue tick will appear below the video
It is worth mentioning that the feature is accessible only via YouTube app on mobile. Further, users need to sign in first to open and download videos.
Notably, Google in its disclaimer page mentioned, “YouTube may not be launched in the following locations and therefore may not operate in these territories. We are working to launch more territories and bring a localized version of YouTube to more countries.”