YouTube Vanced is dead – these are the alternatives

The alternative YouTube app Youtube Vanced will be discontinued. What alternatives are there?
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With YouTube Vanced a piece of quality of life is lost for many YouTube users. For many, the alternative YouTube app is indispensable, and not just because it blocked ads and allowed music to play in the background. Vanced also includes functions such as “AMOLED Dark Mode”, which saves power thanks to the completely black background surfaces, and the repeat function for videos (handy for your favorite song). Vanced brings back the “Dislike” button if you want it and can even remove sponsorship notices from videos. To do this, the app accesses the SponsorBlock Database to.

This is behind the “off” for YouTube Vanced

In principle, as the operator of YouTube, Google has nothing against third-party apps that play videos stored on the platform. Google even offers developers an Application Programming Interface (API) that the apps can use to access videos and features from YouTube. The deal: Google operates and develops the API, simplifying the work of developers and customers benefit from reliably functioning apps.

What sounds good has a big catch in practice. The functionality of the API is so limited that only apps based on it are pretty boring. In this respect, it is not surprising that developers resort to technical tricks to “drill” their apps while bypassing the API. However, anyone who uses these apps violates YouTube’s terms of use.

Experience has shown that Google does not take any action against users, but does take action against the apps themselves. The more popular an app is, the more likely it is that the ban will hit it. Vanced in particular has been a thorn in Google’s side for a long time – the providers were recently persuaded to change the logo, which probably looked too similar to YouTube’s. Even if nothing is officially confirmed, we assume that Vanced was discontinued at the instigation of Google.

That means the end of Vanced in practice

For now, you can still download and install YouTube Vanced. However, the download option will soon disappear. The app can then only be obtained from third-party websites. Experience has shown that some download offers will then be malware.

Aside from such procurement issues, Vanced currently works flawlessly. The development team assumes that this condition could continue for up to two years. Experience has shown that by then at the latest, Google will switch off the current version of the API because it has been overtaken by subsequent versions. This makes at least the current Vanced app useless.

We think it’s possible that Vanced will live even longer. Similar projects, such as download clients for music streaming services, have been in the underground Internet for years: developed by anonymous programming teams, they are made available for download via file hosters and Telegram without an official website. Even finding the current download is a hurdle, not to mention questions about the trustworthiness of the installation files (APK). Many users will lose interest, and some will switch to a paid YouTube subscription.

NewPipe is the most powerful YouTube Vanced alternative.
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These Vanced alternatives are there

With NewPipe and SkyTube Extra there are two Vanced alternatives. Neither of the two completely maps the range of functions of the original. The best thing to do is try out which app you like better:

  • NewPipe removes ads, can download videos or just their audio track for offline enjoyment, and brings with it the popular picture-in-picture mode. You can play videos at a maximum of 3x speed and turn down the resolution to save data. As with other media players, volume and brightness can be controlled via gestures. NewPipe comes with its own playlists and can import YouTube subscriptions. Because there is no way to log into the app with the existing YouTube user account, direct access to the subscriptions stored there is not possible. We can get over the fact that there is no comment function in NewPipe – reading is still possible.
  • SkyTube looks to us like a variant of NewPipe with a reduced range of functions. Sometimes this is only noticeable at second glance. An example of this is the download function: Both apps offer it, but only NewPipe can save data volume and storage space by restricting it to the audio track. Still, there are arguments for SkyTube. Maybe you like the look of the app better or you also want to hide sponsor blocks in videos? The latter is, in our opinion, the most important feature that puts SkyTube NewPipe ahead.
SkyTube is an alternative YouTube client with built-in sponsor blocking.
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