YouTube is testing a test feature that allows Premium subscribers to download videos to their desktop using a web browser. To try it out, simply click the Download button while watching the movie or click the three-dot menu while browsing. YouTube notes that this feature is only available on computers running the latest version of Chrome, Edge, or Opera browsers.
In the experiment, J. Peters The Verge was able to participate, but one of his colleagues failed. However, when enabled, he saw the option to download videos under the standard YouTube player. Clicking this will actually download the video and allow it to be viewed from the Downloads section via the hamburger menu on the left side of the screen.
If you've subscribed to YouTube Premium and want to go with it, visit the YouTube beta features page for more information. We are told that the testing window is open until October 19.
Photo credit Alexey Boldin, The Verge
YouTube allows premium subscribers to download videos to PC