Those of you that subscribe to YouTube Red and use the YouTube Kids app, there's some great news headed your way. Today, the YouTube team announced on their blog that the YouTube Kids app would be getting ad-free viewing as well as offline videos. Of course, this is only for those that are subscribed to YouTube Red, unfortunately. And not available for everyone. The offline viewing would definitely come in handy for parents trying to keep their kids entertained in the back seat on a road trip. But it is also a way for YouTube to get more users to subscribe to YouTube Red which is a $9.99/month subscription and does also include Google Play Music Unlimited. A family plan costs just $14.99/month and includes up to six accounts.
Of course, with this update, YouTube is also bringing background playback for YouTube Kids. Allowing your kids to continue listening to their favorite music, while they jump into other apps to do other things. Like perhaps check in on Facebook or any other apps. It's a feature that is also part of YouTube Red and subscribers have been enjoying on the main YouTube app since YouTube Red launched last year.
The YouTube team mentions that to get started with background playback, offline videos and ad-free YouTube Kids, all you need to do is sign up for YouTube Red – which there is a free trial available – and then use the YouTube Kids app. If you are already a YouTube Red subscriber, then there's nothing that needs to be done. The changes will happen automatically. However, these features are only available in the US, Australia and New Zealand. But the team says that more countries are coming. They also note that there are plenty more features coming to the YouTube Kids app.
If you are a parent, and your child has or uses a smartphone or tablet, it's definitely worth it to check out YouTube Kids. It's the YouTube app, but with more parental controls. Allowing you to control what content your kids see on YouTube, as well as how long they are using YouTube.