It appears like YouTube desires to make video downloads simpler to handle for Premium customers. A cross system offline settings entry has popped up and subsequently disappeared in the latest Android app variations for some. Whereas the characteristic apparently wasn’t absolutely useful but, it appears prefer it may permit you to obtain movies in your cellphone and make them routinely seem on different gadgets sometime.

The choice confirmed up within the Background & downloads settings for some YouTube Premium subscribers in steady and beta, v15.49.34 and 15.50.32, however we really already noticed it as a part of an app teardown again in 2018. Whenever you tapped on the choice whereas it was accessible, you have been offered with a popup asking you which ones system needs to be synced, together with a toggle that reads, “Enable downloading to this system.” Nonetheless, after we examined this with two telephones, downloads would not routinely seem on the secondary handset, neither routinely nor within the type of a obtain immediate. We additionally tried restarting each telephones to try to set off an computerized motion that manner, however that was to no avail.


Since our 2018 teardown and a peek on the present code reveal strings studying “Up to date cross system offline state” and “Error updating cross system offline state,” we’re fairly assured that the characteristic ought to, in reality, sync downloads throughout a number of gadgets sometime. However it’s additionally attainable that Google scrapped that 2018 plan and simply resurrected the title for another performance, like syncing your obtain high quality and community preferences.

<string title=”menu_cross_device_offline“>Cross system offline settings</string>
<string title=”pref_cross_device_offline_device_name_hint“>Enter a reputation for this system</string>
<string title=”pref_cross_device_offline_error“>Error updating cross system offline state</string>
<string title=”pref_cross_device_offline_no_device_name“>Please specify a tool title</string>
<string title=”pref_cross_device_offline_no_gcm_registration_id“>Please attempt once more in a while</string>
<string title=”pref_cross_device_offline_success“>Up to date cross system offline state</string>
<string title=”pref_cross_device_offline_toggle_text“>Enable downloading to this system</string>
<string title=”save_cross_device_offline_menu“>Save</string>

We have reached out to the corporate to seek out out what precisely it plans to deliver to YouTube, however we’ve not acquired a solution. As a substitute, the UI surrounding cross-device offline settings quietly disappeared from the app for us within the meantime. It is attainable that some folks nonetheless have entry to it if it is a broader a/b take a look at, so make sure to replace to the most recent model of the YouTube app on the Play Retailer. We have additionally received each the beta and the steady model on APK Mirror.