Loved by users, hated by Google: YT Vanced discontinued

Loved by users, hated by Google: YT Vanced discontinued
Alternative YouTube player for Android, YT Vanced, is being discontinued. The app has been loved by its users and is probably one of the most downloaded Android apps that cannot be found from official Google Play store.

As YT Vanced app offers pretty much everything you could wish for for a YouTube app, it is also truly hated by Google. YT Vanced removed all the video ads from the player, but also uses crowdsourcing to detect sponsored messages by YouTubers - and allows skipping those, too.

It also allows background playback, thus, making it a viable Spotify alternative in order to play music from YouTube on your phone, without forcing to keep the player visible.

And the list of enhancements YT Vanced offers over official YouTube app goes on and on: true dark mode, saving battery for OLED displays, better gestures, showing the dislike counts, etc etc.

As most of the YT Vanced's features blatantly violate Google's TOS for YouTube, the app has never been found from official Google Play store. Instead, you'd have to download the .apk directly from the developers' website.

But it seems that Google's long-reaching hand has finally gotten to the developers: YT Vanced announced on its official Twitter account that the project will be discontinued.

The download links will still work for a day or two, but they'll stop working soon, too. Developers reckon that the current YT Vanced app - if you have it installed - will work for another two years or so. Until Google does next major API change to the YouTube itself.

If you want to try it out, you can still download it through the official YT Vanced website.

Written by: Petteri Pyyny @ 13 Mar 2022 16:35
Android apps YT Vanced YouTube
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  • Bozobub

    If you want to play YouTube content in the background with the screen off on Android and don't want to spring for YouTube Red, simply:

    * Disable the YouTube app (optional).
    * Go to YouTube in your browser; it will open in the mobile version
    * Set your browser to "Desktop site"
    * Start your content.
    * Minimize your browser by going to the home screen. If it pauses, pull down the notification bar and press play on the notification.

    26.3.2022 12:51 #1

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