YouTube Red has been available in Mexico for over a year, and that means Mexican users have been able to download videos for offline viewing for a monthly fee.
Now, YouTube has decided to release Go in the country. We couldn’t review the app on full, back in February last year, as every video displayed the message “The owner of this video does not allow it to be saved or shared”.
As Go is officially available in the Mexican Play Store, we downloaded it for free. The first thing we were asked to provide was a mobile telephone number to link to a Google account.
There was no option to just use a Gmail account and skip the phone verification. Go the asked permission to access the phone’s location, multimedia content, and contacts. We rejected all and were still able to access the app’s home screen.
YouTube Go for Android
Go’s interface is very similar to YouTube’s flagship app. Although, when you tap on a video you are presented with a download window and the quality options available. You can also play the video in the app.
If the download button is gray, that means the owner of the video hasn´t enabled the offline viewing feature. Go is free, and creators like Vevo, prefer users having a Red subscription and getting their share.
You can also search for a clip, and share it with nearby users. When you download a video, tap on it again to see the download size, time remaining, and speed, as well as a preview.
Go also offers a dedicated “Download” section to easily access your offline content. Downloads will be available as long as you “occasionally” connect to the internet.
The downside to Go is, compared to Red, you can’t play the audio in the background when you exit the app. And the fact that not a lot of content is available to download doesn’t help. (At least, there are no ads.)
I will keep Go for when my Red free trial expires, so I can watch a few videos offline. But I will consider paying for Red, even though I hate the idea. You can download the app here for free.