YouTube Vanced has become fairly popular in the last few years owing to its additional features over the traditional YouTube Premium. Not only Vanced is free and gives an ads-free experience, but it also offers SponsorBlock and device spoofing.
However, the platform might soon cease to exist as the team behind the app has got legal notices from Google. Vanced is now unavailable to download, and only the users who have already installed the app are able to use it, and that too only for a couple of more years.
Recently, the app has also been reported to be down, and multiple users are facing issues loading videos on it. People are now looking for alternatives to Vanced that provide a similar experience to the platform, free of cost. Well, we are here to help. Here is a list of all the platforms that you can use to watch YouTube videos instead of Vanced.
NewPipe is a free and open-source platform that is actually older than Vanced. It offers video downloading, background playback, and picture-in-picture viewing, and there are no advertisements. The app is updated by the developers frequently and is said to be privacy-conscious.
Videos also be switched between the YouTube app and NewPipe for playback if needed. The platform has two drawbacks: it does not have a SponsorBlock, and you can not log in to the platform with your Google account. Still, the advantages outweigh the drawback and NewPipe can be the perfect replacement for Vanced. You can download the app from its website.
LibreTube is another free and open-source YouTube client. It is still in the beta phase but offers a host of benefits. The platform uses Piped, which is a privacy-friendly YouTube front-end. It has a modern interface and allows you to register on Piped-based servers, so you need not log into your Google account.
Considering that the platform is in beta, you might face a few bugs, and it is currently being used only on Desktops. You can check out the platform on GitHub.
SkyTube comes with the features of background playback, video downloading, and ad-blocking. There are two versions of the app: an open-source platform and a SkyTube Extra. The latter has the additional feature of casting. It also supports the official YouTube player and has closed libraries.
On the other hand, the open-source version is published on F-Droid and gets slower updates. You can download the app from SkyTube’s official website.
Kiwi Browser with Extensions
Another way of using YouTube with premium features without installing any app is to use Kiwi Browser with extensions like SponsorBlock, Return YouTube Dislike, and uBlock. Kiwi is based on Chromium and supports a number of extensions. Once all the extensions are in place, you can use YouTube in the browser without worrying about ads and also see the return of the dislike button.
If you do not wish to use any third-party apps, you can always switch back to YouTube Premium. The official version is always better than the alternatives, and you get to support your favorite creators. Moreover, just like Vanced, other apps can also be possibly taken down at the behest of YouTube. The Premium costs $11.99 a month and $119.99 a year. There are discounts available for students and family plans.
So go ahead and try out the platform of your choice. And stay tuned for more news and updates.