YouTube to add offline viewing for mobile app users

Upcoming update will allow offline video viewing

YouTube has made a big announcement. An update will allow users to download videos to watch offline.

It's not coming until later this year, but YouTube will officially open the gates to offline viewing for mobile users. So far, downloading clips of skateboarding dogs and similar has been against the terms of agreement.

"We're always exploring ways to bring more viewers to your content. As part of this effort, later this year we'll launch a new feature on YouTube's mobile apps that will help you reach fans -- even when they're not connected to the Internet." said The YouTube Team said in a blog post.

YouTube hasn't said how long you can store the video on your smartphone or tablet yet, only saying it will be a 'short period'. However, The Next Web states that the time limit will be 48 hours.

The site added that "The videos will still be free, and Google will run ads on the clips, which will be available via its mobile apps."

YouTube said that the move is part of on-going updates to allow users to enjoy more videos and channels. The Google owned firm will announce more details in November.

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