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How to Save and Watch YouTube Videos Offline Where Reception Is Bad or to Save Data

With over 1,000,000,000 video views per day, YouTube is the king of online video sharing. Mobile YouTube users watch on average 40 minutes of video every day, and the number is only growing larger. But as smartphone and tablet manufacturers embrace high-resolution displays and content makers switch to 4k, not everyone has a mobile data plan that can support our modern viewing habits. And even with a fantastic, unlimited data plan, there are still many situations—subway rides to work, camping trips, remote parts of the country—where reception is bad.

As Android users, we face technical issues head on and always come up with clever solutions to pesky problems. The issue of the day is how to save videos for offline use and watch YouTube in places with a bad reception. This time, however, the most attractive solution doesn’t come from a clever third-party developer—it comes directly from Google.

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YouTube Red

On its official website, YouTube Red is described as “a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming.” The service was launched on October 28, 2015, and is currently available to users in the United States, Australia, Mexico, and New Zealand. YouTube Red is actually a rebrand of Music Key, an ad-free music streaming service that launched in November 2014.

Google makes most of their mind-bogglingly large profit from advertisement, and ads on YouTube are a very big deal. They generate revenue not only for YouTube but, most importantly, for YouTube’s content creators, who are, after all, the backbone of the site. Unfortunately for Google, people really don’t like to be interrupted when they are about to watch their favorite show, and they don’t hesitate to use ad-blockers to improve their experience.

With YouTube Red, Google is giving viewers a way how they can give back to their favorite YouTube creators with a paid membership that helps the creators create next-level content and gives the subscribers a whole range of enticing features.

First and foremost, there’s the access to YouTube Red Originals, new exclusive shows from some of the most popular YouTube stars, including PewDiePie, Lilly Singh, and Rooster Teeth. In Scare PewDiePie, the famous game streamer is placed in live scenarios inspired by various horror games, and, for example, in Fight of the Living Dead, popular YouTube personalities are put in a realistic zombie apocalypse scenario.

If your subscription box is already overflowing with content and new shows are the last thing you want to hear about, you will be pleased to know that, with YouTube Red, you can enjoy all existing videos on YouTube or any YouTube app without ads. That includes pre-roll or mid-roll video ads, banner ads, search ads, homepage banner ads, and in-video text-overlay-ads.

What’s more, a subscription to YouTube Red enables you to save videos on your mobile device for your next trip out of town, and allows you to play videos in the background even with the screen off. The downloaded videos will remain available for up to 30 days.

With a YouTube Red subscription, you get an access to Google Play Music at no extra cost, allowing you to listen to ad-free music. The YouTube Music app has been enhanced with Audio Mode, a clever feature that turns off the video stream, allowing you to greatly decrease your data usage.

YouTube Red is currently priced at $10 per month. Given that Netflix costs $8 per month, Spotify $10, and Amazon Prime $8.25, the $10 price tag may seem to be quite high. The good news is that you can sign up for a free one-month trial, by going to YouTube’s Red landing page. Once you sign up for the service, you can cancel your subscription at any time.

How to Listen to YouTube Music With Screen Off in 2019

YouTube is one of the most widely used apps in the world today. While most users find it to be a useful repository of informative videos, there are a handful of users (like me) who use it for music and some audio files that you can’t find elsewhere. If you’re using YouTube to listen to a podcast or something, the chances are that you don’t want to check out the video, because it’s mostly blank. So for scenarios such as this one, it makes all the sense in the world to use it simply as a music player.

Not to mention the amount of battery that is required to keep the display running through the course of a long podcast or any other audio file. But using this as just a music player has its own set of negatives. First and foremost, you won’t be able to listen to music when you turn off the display. Since it’s basically running on an app, YouTube has made sure that it doesn’t work when the screen is turned off. While a standard music app can work even when the display is off, YouTube simply doesn’t work that way, and with good reason.

So how do you get rid of this nagging issue? Well, there are multiple ways to make that happen. There is the official route and the not so official method to achieve audio playback from YouTube when the screen is turned off. Let’s take a look at some of these options.

How to listen to YouTube music with screen off in 2017

Getting a YouTube Red subscription

This is the official route that we spoke about above and involves paying $9.99 per month as subscription fees. With YouTube Red, you will be able to listen to audio even when you’re out of the app, and even when the screen is off. For some case scenarios, paying $9.99 seems well worth it, especially if most of your music needs emerge out of YouTube. However, if you’re only a casual listener, paying so much doesn’t quite make sense. With YouTube Red, you will have the liberty to do as you please with YouTube, without being held back by any of the aforementioned restrictions. This is what makes this a pretty exciting service for all, and we cannot recommend it highly enough to users.

Playing audio while the screen is off is not the only trick that YouTube Red brings to the table, however. You will also get rid of adverts, and even gain access to some exclusive video content in the near future. YouTube is teaming up with content creators to churn out some original content in the coming months.

Keeping this in mind, paying $9.99 doesn’t seem like all too much. We all know how annoying some of these YouTube ads can be. So to get rid of that while also bringing the ability to play music with the screen off is pure bliss. Having tried the feature personally, I can say it has changed my YouTube experience overall. It’s basically like a pro subscription of YouTube with all the features that you asked for. One limitation with this service is that it’s not available everywhere right now, so you will have to look carefully before spending your hard earned money. You shouldn’t have any trouble accessing the service if you happen to be located in the U.S., though. YouTube has a dedicated page which gives you a list of countries where the service is available, so be sure to have a look at that list beforehand.

Using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome on your Android device

Now that we’ve discussed the official way to get YouTube working on your device when the screen is off, let’s talk about a not-so-official workaround for this issue. It’s pretty simple really, as you merely have to play your favorite videos using the Firefox or Chrome browser on your Android smartphone or tablet. You will have to enable the “Request Desktop site” setting from the menu on Chrome, and you should be good to go. When you lock the screen in the middle of the video, the audio can be resumed from the lock screen. While Firefox doesn’t allow you deeper controls such as pause/play once it’s been enabled, Chrome lets you do all this. Knowing that this was possible from the default Android browser is a bit of a surprise, isn’t it? This workaround can also work on Chrome for iOS, for those wondering.

Although this seems like a very good way to get music to play on YouTube when the screen is turned off, it’s important to note that it won’t work all the time. This means that it’s not always consistent. We also have to be mindful of the fact that the performance of this feature is sometimes dependent on the kind of device you own. So if you find that you can get it to work on your smartphone, you shouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t work on your friend’s phone or vice versa. Another key aspect to keep in mind here is that you won’t be able to switch between apps while the music is playing on YouTube. I’ve found it to work on a number of occasions using Chrome on Android, but not everybody might have the same kind of luck.

So what’s the workaround for this? Well, it might help to simply get a YouTube Red subscription for your YouTube account. This will not only allow you to turn off your screen in the middle of audio playback, but also let you switch between apps. In essence, getting the $9.99/month subscription will transform YouTube into a music app with access to millions of videos and content (ad-free). As far as I’m concerned, the pros outweigh the cons here. However, if you’re still pretty tied up on spending money to have this feature on board, it could help to try out the browser workarounds mentioned above. The feasibility of these features cannot be guaranteed, however.

So here’s the bottom line, if you’re not particularly interested in spending $10 every month to have the peace of mind of ad-free and uninterrupted music playback, using Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on your Android device might be the only workaround. But for everyone else, this is as simple a solution as you can ask for, so don’t wait up and make sure you enable YouTube Red on your account right away.

YouTube Red subscribers could be eligible to receive a free Google Chromecast

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Are you subscribed to #YouTubeRed? Well, then you could be eligible to receive a free unit of the 2nd gen #Google #Chromecast as per a new revelation. Some subscribers of YouTube Red are receiving an email intimating them of their freebie.

One (alleged) caveat here is that this promo appears to be valid only for standalone YouTube Red subscribers and those who bundled their subscription with Play Music are said to be exempt. This hasn’t been confirmed, so there’s every likelihood that it’s not the case.

YouTube Red costs $9.99 per month and brings the liberty to browse ad-free YouTube and also access some exclusive YouTube Red content that has been generated with the help of popular YouTubers. Google was recently bundling Play Music and YouTube Red subscriptions (3-months) for just $0.99, which was a pretty amazing deal.

Have you received the email from Google informing you of the free Chromecast? Remember that you only have until June 19 to redeem the freebie.

Via: Droid Life

You can now get three months of YouTube Red and Google Play Music for just $0.99

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Google’s new promo lets you get in on the YouTube Red action for just $0.99. What’s more is that for this price, you will also get access to Google Play Music and millions of songs that it has to offer. This is as good as a promotion can get, especially when you consider the perks that it brings.

So what does YouTube Red have on offer and why should you consider it? Well, if you live in the supported regions (Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.), you can get access to unlimited videos ad-free and save them for offline viewing. Plus there’s access to original content that you can only find on YouTube. This is only accessible to YouTube Red viewers.

YouTube recently teamed up with a bunch of popular video uploaders to create a bunch of new series, so if you’re an avid follower of YouTubers, you will find yourself at home with YouTube Red. Since it’s just $0.99, it’s definitely worth a try, don’t you think? Not to mention the fact that you’re also getting Play Music along with it.

Once subscribed, you will have access to both services for 3-months. It’s likely that the price will go back to $10 by then, so make hay while the sun shines. To activate the deal, simply open the YouTube app, navigate to the three dot menu, select “Try it now” and go ahead with the payment.

Via: Android Authority

Google launches standalone YouTube Music app

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YouTube Music

Almost changing the course of our music listening experience, #Google has now announced the standalone #YouTubeMusic app for Android and iOS. This app will simply offer music to the customers, with YouTube Red customers getting the added advantage of offline music playback and ad-free content.

YouTube Music will also include content like concert videos as well as the widely popular lyric videos, so it won’t just be limited to artist curated content. YouTube makes it clear that premium users will be able to play content from the app even when the screen is turned off or while using another app.

YouTube Music is currently limited to the U.S., although we expect other markets to be included very soon. Coincidentally, this comes two days after Apple Music Beta made its way to the Google Play Store.

In order to lure more customers towards YouTube Music, the service will come with 14-days of free enhanced experience (similar to YouTube Red). Head over to the link below to download the app and make sure you share your feedback in the comments section below.

Download YouTube Music from the Google Play Store

Source: YouTube Blog

YouTube Red Has Gone Live

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YouTube Red has gone live this morning (in the US), now allowing users to not see any ads on YouTube for $9.99 per month. Besides the ad-skipping, you also get Google Play Music All Access included and the ability to play videos in the background along with offline downloading.

According to YouTube, they are working on getting it to be available outside the US as well, including other apps like YouTube Kids, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. If you don’t want to use Red, you can use YouTube just like normal with no changes.

If you are lucky and subscribed to Google Play Music All Access when it was available for just $7.99 when it had just launched, you also get YouTube Red absolutely free. So if you’re subscribed to Play Music, YouTube Red should automatically be available (in the US). In your YouTube settings, Red will now be a tab where you can see billing information and status.

YouTube Red Settings

If you don’t have Google Play Music All Access, will you be subscribing to Youtube Red? A free one month trial is available, but you have to give it your credit card. So if you sign up for a trial and decide it’s not for you, remember to watch out for that at the end of your month.

Source: YouTube Red via Droid Life

YouTube Red Is Coming October 28 For $9.99 A Month

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After being rumored for months or even years, Google has officially announced YouTube Red. For $9.99 a month, users will get a variety of features that free users will not have.

The biggest one is ad-free videos. Many creators on YouTube rely on advertising to make a living. To make it better for both creators and viewers, YouTube Red will allow people to watch all videos and never experience any ads.

Users will also have the ability to save videos for offline use. So if you’re heading onto an airplane and want to download something long-form, such as a podcast or otherwise, you’ll be able to. Background play is also here, letting users listen to audio from videos if they leave the app.

YouTube Red users will also get free access to Google Play Music’s paid tier, and vice versa. The service launches on October 28th, and there will be a one-month free trial available. Google says:

“The free, ad-supported version of YouTube we all know and love isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to enjoy YouTube, along with the YouTube Kids, Gaming and Music apps free of charge. But with YouTube Red, you’ll be able to support the people who make your favorite videos while watching what you want, when you want, on any device you want, uninterrupted.”

There are also a number of creators launching original content for YouTube Red starting in 2016. This content will be available from users such as PewDiePie, Fine Brothers Entertainment, and many others. Hit the source link to see all of the content announced.

So if you want offline and background playback along with no ads, YouTube Red is a great choice for you. Will you sign up for it starting October 28th?

Source: YouTube