YouTube offering auto downloads overnight in India to cut mobile data charges

By Jim O'Neill on Jun 09 2016 at 7:15 AM

Mobile users in India looking to keep data usage down and still have access to online videos are getting a break from YouTube, which is rolling out a new feature that will allow consumers to download video at night when data rates are cheaper.

The “Smart Offline” feature isn’t currently offered from all mobile operators, but YouTube is making it available to any of them in the country.

To use the service, users simply tap on an “offline” icon on the video and select their mobile carrier; the video will automatically download after peak hours and be available in the YouTube app’s “Saved Video” tab.

Airtel and Telenor subscribers already have made the feature available.

Stay tuned.

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