The best app I’ve found this year, apart from WordPress, is YouTube Go. YT Go allows you to download all the videos you want to watch, for later consumption. They get saved into a YouTube folder/cloud for easy access, and you can therefore watch them without data or wifi.
If you find a healthy wifi spot, you can download all videos you want, and you can save as money as you want. It doesn’t matter the length or the size of the video.
This is how it looks when you open it. You see different content.
What’s great about this is that you can click on the video you want to watch, and the pop up screen will give you two options, either to play or download as seen below
Should you chose to play, it will play using wifi, and should you download, it will be saved onto your download folder for watching later.
Or you can download immediately, some videos give you the option to download directly.
What I have found is that it doesn’t save music videos, which is sad, but that’s okay. If you are looking for educational video content or anything that is of interest to you, it’s possible and you can build up a healthy library of your favourite content.
Ever since I’ve wanted to meet Ntate Dr. Richard Maponya, I have found and saved some of his YouTube videos. Some are lectures and some are interviews. The videos are saved in a download folder at the bottom of the image (Side note: I believe that we don’t have enough videos of Ntate Maponya recording and living on the web – we have sadly under learnt from him. Hopefully when I meet him soon, our meeting will be recording as I have so many questions for him. Many of us would learn from him)
I even managed to save our very first #AMAREVIEWS video by Zac Modirapula of AmaCreatives. I have saved in my YouTube Go downloads folder and will therefore watch it whenever and forever, data and wifi free.
The point is, this may be one of the most underrated apps. What I’m not sure of is whether it works on both Android and iOS. I use an Android phone, so I can safely say that Android users are in for an incredibly useful app today.
In the world of video content, where you have Snapchat, Instagram, Vimeo, and Facebook Watch, YouTube Go may be one of the most useful from a consumption/user point of view.
Organize the world’s information
YouTube is one of Google’s products. So interesting that Google’s purpose or role is to organize the world’s information in a meaningful and useful manner, for our perusal. In experiencing YouTube Go, I am convinced that it’s purpose and role is to do exactly that; it helps me curate and organize the information that I choose and need for my meaningful consumption.
Reference: this article was inspired by John Sanei’s Facebook post where he spoke about Spotify being his most favourite app.
PS: At the top of the article, I mentioned WordPress. It too has been an amazing app. This article that you read was all written and published on my mobile phone. No use of a desktop or laptop.
Special mention: Also worth mentioning is the app, Anchor, which has allowed me to diversify my content into podcasts.
It is so easy to set up and to use. The gem is that it will automatically create your profile on other podcasts platforms like Spotify and iTunes. So, no need to set-up multiple accounts or profiles, just a single account with Anchor and all your episodes are automatically published on various platforms.
What a time to be alive. The democratization of media. Now anybody can be a media house.