YouTube tests filters for recommendations & feature for offline videos

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YouTube is testing a new feature that allows users to access downloaded videos on multiple devices that are synced, for Premium users.

The option available in ‘Background & Downloads’ settings for YouTube Premium users, was uncovered by Android Police; a version of the feature was also spotted by them back in 2018.

The ‘cross-device offline settings’ would enable users to sync multiple devices to view a video offline. The feature was accessible for YouTube Premium subscribers in the app versions – v15.49.34 and 15.50.32.

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The test lasted a short duration but may be accessible to a few users who are a part of the beta version. They may also see different versions or alterations of the feature.

Additionally, the YouTube desktop site is testing added topic filters for recommended videos.

Previously, when a user views a video on the desktop site, they would see a list of videos on the right sidebar of the window without categorization. As a part of the test, the platform is showing topic filters such as ‘recently added’ that shows the latest uploads from the channel and more topics related to the video.

For instance, if a user is watching ‘How to cook chicken biryani’, the recommendation list would show a filter saying ‘how to cook’, and then titles of the videos that have these keywords as a prefix would show up.