Watch videos offline on mobile in select countries
In select locations, certain videos on the YouTube mobile app are available to download for offline playback during periods of low or no connectivity.
The features described in this article are available in the locations listed below. If YouTube Red is available in your location, you can watch downloaded videos on your mobile device by becoming a YouTube Red member. If you are a YouTube Red member, learn how to manage your download settings.
- South Africa
Download videos to watch offline
If you are located in one of the countries listed above, you can download certain videos from the YouTube mobile app to watch offline for up to 48 hours. After that, you'll need to reconnect your device to a mobile or Wi-Fi network every 48 hours to allow the app to check for changes to the video or its availability.
- Go to the video Watch page.
- Below the video, tap the Download button or select Download from a video's context Menu .
- Once the video is downloaded, the Download button will appear blue below the video.
If your device loses connectivity as you’re downloading a video or playlist, your progress will resume automatically when you reconnect to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.
Note: In some countries, non-music content can be played for up to 29 days without requiring an internet connection. You must reconnect to the internet at least once every 29 days after.
View and remove videos saved to Offline
To access videos or playlists that have been downloaded, tap Downloads in the Library tab of the YouTube mobile app.
You can remove videos you've downloaded in two ways.
- Tap the Download button below the video you'd like to remove.
- Select Delete.
- Go to the Library tab in the YouTube mobile app.
- Tap Downloads.
- Tap the Menu icon next to the video you'd like to remove.
- Select Delete.
Update Download settings
By default, videos are downloaded on iOS devices through Wi-Fi only while other devices download over both Wi-Fi and cellular data. To allow videos or playlists to be downloaded over mobile networks, go to Menu > Settings > Downloads and uncheck the box next to Download over Wi-Fi only.
Set the default quality of your downloads by going to Settings > Downloads > Quality. Higher quality videos may consume more data, take longer to appear in the Downloads section, and take up more space on your device.
To view how much space you have left on your device for downloadable content, go to Menu > Settings > Downloads in the app. If you have less than 5% of storage space remaining on your device, you won’t be able to download additional videos. To free up additional space, try removing existing downloads or other content stored on your device.
Some videos are unavailable for offline playback. If a video is unavailable for offline playback, the Download button will appear disabled.
Downloaded videos can be played offline for up to 48 hours. After that, you'll need to reconnect your device to a mobile or Wi-Fi network every 48 hours to allow the app to check for changes to the video or its availability. If a video is no longer available for offline playback, it will be removed from your device during the next sync.
You must be signed in to download videos. Videos or playlists that are added to downloads can be played while signed in with the same account. Some features, like commenting and liking, are only available when your device is connected to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.