Top alternatives to YouTube Vanced

As Google kills the popular ad-blocking music platform Youtube Vanced due to legal concerns, here are some of the best alternatives to consider.

YouTube is a platform that we are all familiar with and enjoy. However, it does not always provide you with all of the features you may require right away. Despite having a YouTube Premium subscription, many of us used to use Vanced for the extra features it provided. While advertisements are an inevitable part of any online service these days, alternatives such as Vanced offer more than just adblocking. They provide more granular video playback options, device spoofing (which was useful in bypassing restrictions), the return of the YouTube dislike button, SponsorBlock, and other features.

However, recent developments with Vanced will force people to seek alternatives, and we’re here to help.

1. YouTube Premium
If Google is truly interested in YouTube alternatives, these apps will be whittled down one by one sooner rather than later. To cut to the chase, paying for YouTube Premium will get you 90% of the features that are available here anyway, plus the added benefit of supporting your favourite creators. If you used to watch videos in Vanced but did not have a YouTube Premium subscription, the creators received no compensation for your viewing.

You’ll get most of the features you’re missing with YouTube Premium, and you’ll keep the lights and heat on for your favourite content creators. Doesn’t that sound like a win-win situation? A YouTube Premium subscription starts at $11.99 per month if you want to pay for it.

2. NewPipe
NewPipe is a tried-and-true alternative that has been around longer than Vanced. It is entirely free and open-source, and it includes features such as background playback, picture-in-picture, video downloading, and more. It’s constantly being updated with new features, and the developers are extremely concerned about privacy. One disadvantage is that you cannot log in to your YouTube account in NewPipe, but it does mean that there are no advertisements and that it works on devices that do not have Google apps. If you prefer, you can also share videos from your phone’s regular YouTube app to NewPipe for playback.

3. SkyTube
SkyTube is an intriguing one because it comes in two flavours. One example is “SkyTube Extra,” which includes closed libraries and support for the official YouTube player and casting. The other is a completely open-source variant that’s available on F-Droid, though it’s slower to update (the team says up to five days) and obviously lacks those extra features.

However, regardless of which option you select, you will receive video downloading, background playback, video blocking, no advertisements, and much more.

4. LibreTube
LibreTube is an intriguing YouTube app that is still in beta, and it shows. It does, however, have some important features that may entice you to try it out. One of the most intriguing aspects of LibreTube is that it uses Piped, which means you never connect directly to Google’s servers. A server is between you and Google (and LibreTube lets you select from a few). If you want to subscribe to channels, you can create an account on that server, but you are not subscribing to any Google-affiliated service.

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