Best YouTube Vanced alternatives for Android, after its shutdown

Bad news… The developers of https://alternativeto.net/software/youtube-vanced/ have announced the end of development of the application and download links. A decision caused by the actions of Google.

It's hard to be surprised by this change of situation for YouTube Vanced. The Verge tells us that the application will be removed in the next few days. Available on the official website of the application until now, the download links will disappear in the next few days and the development will stop.

But there's good news: there are plenty of other YouTube clients for Android with more or less the same features. And here are some of the best.

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Paul List by Paul , last updated 2022-03-15
  1. NewPipe icon

    NewPipe is a YouTube client that does not use any Google-dependent library or YouTube API. The application only analyzes YouTube itself to get the necessary information. This mainly means that you can use this application on any device, even those that don't have Google services installed. The downside is that you can't log in with your Google/YouTube account, so you'd have to export/import your subscriptions.

    NewPipe is very lightweight, has a built-in ad-blocker, and supports downloading videos and playing them in the background. And if you miss SponsorBlock, there's even a NewPipe fork that has this built-in.

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  2. SkyTube icon

    SkyTube is another open source YouTube player for Android. Many features like ad-blocking, subscriptions import, video downloading, and more can also be found in this app. Some highlighted features are the ability to block unwanted videos, blacklist/whitelist entire channels, filter languages, or block videos with few views and many dislikes. Like NewPipe, it doesn't allow you to log in with your YouTube account since the app is not dependent on GAPPS/Google Apps.

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  3. SongTube icon

    SongTube is a fast and functional YouTube client with a nice and polished design. It's privacy-friendly (no Google services or trackers), it blocks ads by default, and it's focused on listening to music with playlists at its heart. It also incorporates an audio converter & tags from MusicBrainz.

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  4. MusicPiped icon

    MusicPiped is a full-featured music player that streams from YouTube instead of playing local files. At its core, this app uses NewPipeExtractor to get streams from YouTube. It features built in search over YouTube, an adjustable playing queue, custom playlists, background playback with notification controls, and more. It does not stream video and only fetches audio files, thus eliminating heavy data usage of videos. MusicPiped does not track you. In fact, there is no tracking system at all; you don't even need Google APIs to use the app.

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  5. VueTube icon

    VueTube is a new, simple, and open source YouTube client. Compared to the apps above, it can seem a little bare-bones, but if you don't need advanced features, this app might be a good fit for you. It features light, dark, and OLED themes, a basic search function, and a video player. VueTube is a newcomer, so new features like a custom video player, a customizable UI, an advanced video search, and even the ability to sign in with your Google account are expected to be added as the project matures.

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  6. LibreTube icon

    LibreTube is an alternative frontend for YouTube on Android. It's also pretty recent, and is currently in beta (so you might expect bugs). But don't let this stop you, as it already has many interesting features like user accounts, subscriptions, playlists, search, suggestions, subtitles, and more. Other functionalities like filters and comments are currently being developed, so keep an eye on this project.

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  7. YMusic icon

    YMusic is a convenient little app that lets you enjoy music from YouTube. It only plays the audio of the video in background to save up consumed data. With YMusic, you can download videos from YouTube (as MP3s), and it integrates with Last.fm for retrieving artist images and descriptions. On top of that, it features a customizable interface, smart playlists with fully customizable rules, custom equalizers, gapless playback, home screen widgets, and more.

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  8. Mozilla Firefox icon

    Finally, if none of the apps mentioned above suit you, you can also just use a regular web browser that supports extensions, like Firefox (or Mull or Fennec F-Droid ). You can add uBlock Origin for blocking ads, SponsorBlock to skip the sponsored segments, and Video Background Play Fix to play videos in the background, and just use the YouTube web player at youtube.com.

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I personally really like NewPipe (the version with SponsorBlock), but some people might be looking for particular features, so I hope you'll find something that suits your needs in this list. 🙂 Let me know in the comments if you know other great alternatives, or if you've already tested one that's mentioned here.


This list was created by Paul Mar 15, 2022 and was last updated Mar 15, 2022. The list has 8 apps.

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ngocanhtve
CommentDec 21, 2023

I use the original NewPipe to watch music videos. Use NewPipe SponsoreBlock to watch Anime. Use PipePipe to watch videos of everything else.

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Dantes Redivad
CommentAug 30, 2023

Hi Paul, since this year there's a new project born from the ashes of Vanced: YouTube ReVanced. It's an Android patch to apply on a regular YouTube Apk. It works like his predecessor, or even better. Here's the Discord community: https://discord.gg/revanced

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Dantes Redivad

I tired also Brave, the privacy Broswer. It works pretty well. It has an integrated Ad-Block function and ii's the fastest Broswer out there. Here you can also install extensions for YouTube like DeArrow that change the picture and the title of any clickbait or sensational video picture and text. I use it with my PC but it the Ad-Blocks works also on Android. :)

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Dantes Redivad

I tried*

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DidierD
CommentAug 28, 2022

I prefer this : https://www.youtube.com/premium More ethical, more legal, and a small amount money

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Tori
CommentMar 23, 2022

You should add Invidious, which is a front-end, privacy friendly web client for YouTube. I've also heard good things about FreeTube (which is an actual app) but I've never used it

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Paul

This post only lists the alternatives to Vanced that are available on Android. Invidious is a website, and FreeTube is a desktop app.

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Ohhh gotcha.

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Darlene Sonalder
CommentMar 20, 2022

I'm a big fan of NewPipe (x SponsorBlock) but have interest in LibreTube since it uses Piped instead of YouTube directly. Still early for my daily usage for now

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