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YouTube Music adds auto-downloading of recently played songs


YouTube Music is adding the ability to automatically download recently played songs on Android. It is an optional feature available for Premium subscribers. An official support page says the feature was released in January but it recently started showing up for more people. The latest update for the YouTube Music app should bring it to you. The feature doesn’t seem to be unavailable on the iOS app.

YouTube Music can now automatically download your recently played songs

Automatic downloading is available as an optional toggle in the Downloads & storage settings. “We’ll download up to 200 of your recently played songs,” the description reads. There’s no dedicated playlist for these songs in the Library tab. You will only find them in the Downloads section of the app, which you can access by long-pressing the homescreen icon.

According to 9to5Google, which first reported this rollout, this toggle seemingly comes enabled by default. The publication checked several devices and found it turned on. It seemingly works independently of the existing Smart downloads feature. The latter downloads up to 500 songs that YouTube Music deems to be your “favorites”. Songs are downloaded when you’re connected to Wi-Fi and have sufficient battery.

As said earlier, automatic downloading of recently played songs isn’t available on YouTube Music for iOS. However, the aforementioned official document confirms that Smart downloads are rolling out to the iPhone and iPad. It notes that “if you explicitly delete a Smart Downloads recommended playlist, our systems should make note of this feedback so that we do not recommend the same music to you in future playlists.”

YouTube Music has also recently added Live, Cover, and Remix labels “under Other Performances in the Related tab of Now Playing”. These labels appear in search results as well, the publication confirms. All of these changes should be available to everyone in the coming days.

YouTube Music recently played songs auto download

Update the YouTube Music app now

As said earlier, YouTube Music added this feature in January. But the initial rollout doesn’t seem to have been widespread. Automatic downloading of recently played songs is finally reaching users around the world.

If you’re a Premium subscriber and haven’t received this feature yet, you might want to check for an update for the app on your Android smartphone. You can click the button below to download the latest version of the YouTube Music app from the Google Play Store.


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