Facebook now allows Android users to pull videos offline

By : |July 19, 2016 0
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The latest versions of Facebook’s Android app now allow users to save videos for offline viewing. The video is saved inside the app in the Saved section, and can be viewed offline as many times one wants, and delete it at will.

However, the company might not be willing to provide the video file independently to its users in order to encourage sharing over its own social media networking site. Several social media companies have started giving offline viewing option, especially in developing nations like India, to combat low internet speeds.

CIOL New Facebook version for Android allows users to pull videos offline

Google also has been doing the same with YouTube. However, users are required to re-sync the app in every 48 hours for it to verify that the video is not taken down by the uploader or the website. It will be interesting to see if Facebook also applies some restrictions to the downloading like YouTube did with its feature.

As per an Android Police report, the option to save videos is currently showing up in versions 85 and 86 (beta) of the Facebook for Android app.

Earlier this month, Facebook said that it will start testing offline videos with a “small group of people” from July 11 in an email that was sent to page administrators for select media partners.

The email said that the test was supposed to be conducted in India, one of the markets where connectivity is a real issue, and also that publisher will have the ability to opt out of this trial.

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