How get YouTube Vanced the better built-in YouTube app?

What is YouTube Vanced?

The unknown developer believes the YouTube Vanced is a better version of the built-in Android YouTube app. Where it includes options such as adblocking, background playback, etc. It can give you all most YouTube Premium features in this modded YouTub app.

The history of YouTube Vanced can be traced back to the early days of YouTube’s Android app, when users began to notice the limitations of the official app compared to its iOS counterpart. In response, a developer created an unofficial mod of the app called “iYTBP” (injected YouTube Background Playback) that allowed background playback and other features. The app was later renamed to YouTube Vanced.

It is important to note that YouTube Vanced is not officially endorsed by Google or YouTube and its use may be in violation of the terms of service for the official app. However, it is not illegal to use the app and it is not malicious software.

In addition to YouTube Vanced, users may also be interested in using the “Turn Off the Lights” browser extension. This extension allows users to dim the background of a website, including YouTube, to focus on the video being played.

YouTube Vanced Android app
YouTube Vanced Android app

Is it safe to use YouTube Vanced?

YouTube Vanced can be downloaded from the developer’s website or from the XDA Developers forum. It is important to only download the app from a trusted source to avoid downloading any malicious software.

Google recommends users download only the apps from the safest store, that on the Google Play Store. Each app on the store is scanned for malware and spyware, and if it does not violate any privacy concerns such as it does not track user data without the user’s permission, etc.

If you can want to be sure about the features, you can see the source code on his Open-Source Github project website.

Can I download the YouTube video with this app?

According to the Vanced website, it is not a YouTube video downloader. But you can play video in offline mode (is only available in supported countries).

Many websites, many versions?

There are many websites online that said it is the YouTube Vanced website, the official website, and the source is coming from And there are app versions that are made with root or with non-root.

How download the app for my Android phone?

The Android app supports Android phones from manufacturers such as Google, Xiaomi, Mi, Samsung, Vivo, Oppo, Realme, etc.

How to download it on iOS?

There is no version for iOS. However, if you want the best experience on your iOS iPhone and iPad, then you browse the web in the mobile Safari web browser. Where you can download and install the FREE Turn Off the Lights Safari extension (for iOS 15 and higher). This makes the web experience on all websites more enjoyable and with some useful YouTube customization options. Such as the Night Mode, YouTube AutoHD (where you can choose the video quality for the video player), Mouse Volume Scroll, Atmosphere Lighting, etc.


In conclusion, YouTube Vanced is a modified version of the official YouTube app for Android that provides additional features such as ad-blocking, background playback, and the ability to play videos at a higher resolution. While YouTube Vanced provides additional features and improves the overall viewing experience, it’s important to consider the risks and drawbacks before deciding to use it. On the other hand, the Turn Off the Lights browser extension is a legal and safe alternative that can also improve the viewing experience without putting your account or device at risk. It’s always best to use official and legal tools to avoid any potential issues.

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