Top 5 YouTube Vanced Alternatives to Watch YouTube Videos

Google recently sent a cease and desist letter to the developers of popular third-party YouTube mod app Vanced. As a result, the YouTube Vanced team decided to shut down the app’s development and take down all the download links. YouTube Vanced has been a companion for Android users for years, enabling them to watch YouTube videos without ads, play background audio, and other premium features. So, if you are a YouTube Vanced user and looking for a new app, here are the best alternative options to watch YouTube videos on your phone.

Best YouTube Vanced Alternatives (2022)

NewPipe

NewPipe is undoubtedly the best YouTube Vanced alternative out there at the moment. For the uninitiated, NewPipe is a free and open-source YouTube client that doesn’t rely on Google’s framework libraries or the YouTube API. You can use NewPipe without Google Mobile Services (GMS), which means it will even work on Huawei devices, and even use the app without a Google account.

Other than an ad-free experience, you can use NewPipe to download videos to your device locally and not just within the app. Furthermore, you have the option to import your subscriptions from YouTube, so you can pick up right where you left off. That said, it’s worth noting that you can’t sign in to your Google account on NewPipe, and that’s a conscious decision from the developers to improve privacy.

SkyTube

Another YouTube Vanced alternative worth checking out is SkyTube. Much like NewPipe, SkyTube is a free, open-source YouTube client for Android devices. You can use SkyTube without a Google account and can’t sign in to your account to sync your playback history here. However, you have the option to import subscriptions, so you don’t need to search for each creator individually and start from scratch.

Notably, SkyTube comes in two variants — SkyTube and SkyTube Extra. SkyTube Extra supports the official YouTube player and casting, while the regular SkyTube app takes a conservative approach without additional features. However, the option to sign in to your Google account is still missing on SkyTube Extra. Based on your preferences, you can choose the SkyTube version that suits your needs.

LibreTube

LibreTube is an upcoming YouTube client based on privacy-friendly YouTube frontend Piped. The app’s design feels modern and offers intuitive animations during navigation. You also get fine-tuned controls to pick the video quality and format during playback. These options are also available when downloading videos for offline access.

With that said, do keep in mind that LibreTube is still in beta, and you may run into bugs. We encountered a few glitches during our brief testing, the misaligned description you see above, for instance. However, we could expect LibreTube to improve over time, so you can give it a shot to see if you like it.

uYouPlus – YouTube Vanced Alternative for iOS

Those looking for a YouTube Vanced alternative for iOS should check out uYouPlus. It is essentially a modified version of uYou with additional features such as SponsorBlock integration, PiP integration, and VP9 codec. Notably, uYouPlus works even without jailbreaking your iPhone.

Change DNS to Block YouTube Ads

Also worth exploring is the idea of using a Private DNS like AdGuard to block YouTube ads. If you have an Android phone running Android 9 Pie or above, head over to the Private DNS option under Network & Internet settings to use AdGuard as your DNS. Doing so will stop ads when you are watching YouTube videos from a mobile browser. In case you are using a phone with an older version of Android.

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