Back in august, we told you about Google’s plan to bring YouTube offline to Kenya and other African countries. This was back when Google introduced the Android One program in Africa as the Infinix Hot 2 was being unveiled.
Well, if you have been looking forward to using this feature, the wait is over as YouTube offline is available in Kenya and a few other African countries including South Africa. This was revealed yesterday by Heather Thompson Rivera, YouTube’s director and global head of product partnerships. He was speaking AfricaCom 2015 in Cape Town.
The feature is already available to users in Kenya and you will get a notification alerting you of its existence when you open your YouTube app. The notification will be like the one shown on the photo below.
With YouTube offline, you have the option of saving videos when you have an active internet connection and watching them later when you have time to watch it but you happen not to have an active internet connection.
In a place like Kenya where data is still not that reliable, having this feature is very important and useful. You have the option of saving the videos you want to watch when you have a reliable network connection to watch later. You can choose to save videos when you are using the office Wi-Fi and go back and watch them when you get home.
Videos saved offline will be available to you for 48 hours to ensure they do not use all the space you may need to store other files. You can choose to save videos in 144p, 360p, or 720p resolutions. Unfortunately, this feature is not available for music videos.