A year and a half ago YouTube offline appeared in India. Today, YouTube is offering Indian customer a new feature called Smart Offline, which automatically downloads videos for offline viewing when data plans are at their cheapest. This is because many Indian carriers offer cheaper overnight data rates when there’s less demand on bandwidth.
All you have to do is find a video you want to download and select Save overnight. The video will automatically be downloaded in the wee hours to avoid higher data rates and it will be ready and waiting for you in the morning under Saved videos. For now, YouTube Smart Offline is limited to Airtel and Telenor customers but Google plans to bring the option to everyone in India eventually.
As the Google India blog notes: “Since we launched YouTube offline in 2014, we’ve seen you bid bye bye to the buffering wheel and take your favorite videos offline to enjoy in areas of low or no internet connectivity. Thanks to this popular feature, you’ve effectively saved money by watching your favorite videos many times over without a data connection.”
Do you watch YouTube videos offline? How do you best manage your data usage?