Add to Device FAQs

What’s happening

Currently scheduled for November 2013, YouTube will launch new functionality as part of the YouTube app that will allow users to watch video content for a short period of time, even when an Internet connection is unavailable. With this functionality, if a user experiences a loss of connectivity, they will still be able to watch the videos that they’ve added to their device for a limited period of up to 48 hours. If the device is offline for more than 48 hours the content cannot be viewed offline until the device reconnects. Once connected, the offline window refreshes and the viewer is able to watch the content again.

How it works for viewers

From the watch page through the functionality, viewers will be able to designate certain content that they can watch for a short period of time when they do not have connectivity. At the time when the user no longer has connectivity, they will be able to watch these videos and playlists through an “on device” section of their guide.

How it works for partners: ads, viewcounts, and content management

Google in-stream ads will run in connection with the content, and views will be added to the total view count. Please note that other ad formats will not be supported and videos for rental or for purchase will not be included in this functionality. For content management, subject to bandwidth constraints, whenever the device reconnects we check for changes to the policy applicable to the video and apply them, including, for example, DMCA takedown requests, any new content claims (including content ID claims), and a partner’s removal of the video.

This functionality is enabled for all your content. But, you can disable it now

By default, this functionality will be enabled for all of your content, but you can disable now before the functionality launches. You will be able to disable by: partner, and available before launch, by asset, video and country. When you disable at the partner level or content owner level, we apply this policy across all your videos, regardless of whether they are enabled at the asset, video and country level.  To ensure all your content is disabled, you should disable at the content owner or partner level. Please see below for instructions on how to edit this setting from CMS and YouTube account settings. 

How to disable

You can disable from either your CMS account or from your YouTube Account Settings. Directions for both are included below.

YouTube Account Settings

  1. Visit your Advanced Channel Settings page
  2. Look for the section “Add to Device” and update the settings according to your preference
  3. Click Save to finish


  1. Login to your CMS account
  2. Select Add to Device from the options on your homepage
  3. There are 2 settings for Add to Device: enable and disable. By default the setting will be enabled, making your videos accessible for the add to device functionality. You can change your setting to disable, which will make your content unavailable for the add to device functionality.
  4. Before launch you will have the ability to edit your settings more granularly at the country, video and asset level.
  5. Once completed, click Save at the top of the page and your settings will be saved and applied to your videos. You can always return to this page and edit your settings when desired.