Twitter Blue subscribers get a genuinely useful free upgrade

Is it worth subscribing to be "verified" at last?

X app on iPhone 14 Pro Max
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Elon Musk has announced that X Blue subscribers can now download videos, albeit with one caveat.

Those who pay for X Blue (formerly Twitter Blue) "verification" can download any video posted on the social network as long as the content creator has enabled the option.

At present, the only way to get the video is to hit the three dots (burger) icon when the video is shown in full screen mode. However, Musk says that the X team is working on enabling automatic downloads just by tapping and holding your finger (or mouse click) on the video itself – much like you can currently do on images.

It's another feature Twitter X has added that's hidden behind the X Blue paywall. The subscription plan also includes fewer adverts, the ability to edit posts, text formatting options, longer posts and video uploads, and SMS two-factor authentication.

It costs £9.60 per month to be an X Blue member in the UK, $8 in the US. If you subscribe via an iPhone or iPad, it'll cost you £11 / $11. Musk has claimed that he's in discussion with Tim Cook to lower Apple's extra fees, but we don't expect much (if anything) to happen on that front soon.

One additional feature to arrive on the social platform in recent times is the ability to hide the stigma of being an X Blue subscriber, yet still enjoy the benefits. It is said that you can now choose not to display your Blue tick badge of shame honour.

The Blue tick used to be awarded to genuinely verified Twitter users, in order to give readers an idea that they have been checked and approved. This applied to celebrity, business and journalistic accounts. However, after the $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk, the verification was scrapped in favour of allowing anyone to pay for their "verification" without any form of screening process.

Additional features have been released for subscribers since and will likely continue for as long as the social network continues.

It has recently found itself in direct competition with Meta's Threads service, although that has stumbled a touch in recent times by being slow to add its own enhancements and updates.

But, if you really want to continue to use X yet lament the loss of the Twitter bird icon, you can still swap the new X app icon on your phone.

Rik Henderson
News Editor

Rik is T3’s news editor, which means he looks after the news team and the up-to-the-minute coverage of all the hottest gadgets and products you’ll definitely want to read about. And, with more than 35 years of experience in tech and entertainment journalism, including editing and writing for numerous websites, magazines, and newspapers, he’s always got an eye on the next big thing.

Rik also has extensive knowledge of AV, TV streaming and smart home kit, plus just about everything to do with games since the late 80s. Prior to T3, he spent 13 years at Pocket-lint heading up its news team, and was a TV producer and presenter on such shows as Channel 4's GamesMaster, plus Sky's Games World, Game Over, and Virtual World of Sport.