This week, YouTube was updated to version 10.35. And it’s been available for a few days now with a pretty skinny changelog. However, the folks over at Android Police have decided to tear apart the APK and see what’s new or what might be coming in the future. This is common with many Google apps. They actually found a few goodies hidden inside here.
One is the ability to sync offline playlists. Now this isn’t active in the app yet, but they did find some code pointing to this feature. The strings found in the APK hint at the feature, but don’t necessarily tell us how the feature would work, unfortunately. Now obviously, it’ll only be able to sync your offline playlists when it has a data connection. Hopefully Google will have an option to only sync these over WiFi, to save your mobile data. Seeing as many of us don’t have unlimited data these days. And definitely don’t want YouTube taking all of our mobile data.
The other feature, that is actually live in YouTube, is the fact that you can clear all offline videos. So if you’ve downloaded a few videos to watch offline, and you’ve watched them and now want to get rid of them, you can now do that much easier with the latest version of the YouTube app. You can find this option by going to Menu > Settings > Background & Offline > Clear Offline. It’s just that simple.
You can find the YouTube APK down below. It’s not a huge update, but it does bring a pretty useful feature in clearing all of your offline videos. As well as bringing some more features for those that do store videos offline in the YouTube app. It appears to be something that Google is working on pretty hard, up there in Mountain View. Which is a great thing. As much as we all love YouTube, it does eat up a lot of data when you’re streaming videos on your phone. So storing some offline is going to be a huge help for those with small data plans or even no mobile data.