YouTube Vanced, a popular ad-free modified version of the YouTube Android app, is shutting down after the developers of the app received a legal threat from Google.
Here, What you need to know
What is Vanced?
Vanced is a third-party alternative to the original Google-owned YouTube app. It allows users to block ads on the video streaming platform free of cost. The app also offers other premium features like background play. These features were offered by Vanced for free, unlike YouTube’s official platform that charges a Premium subscription fee to access such features.
It also offers features that aren’t even on YouTube premium’, like sponsor block, which skips the sponsored part in a video. It gave you the ability to restore and see the dislike count (which Google decided to hide last year) It also offers a dedicated Vanced Music app’ for ad-free Music streaming.
Google sent the Vanced owners a cease and desist letter recently, which has forced the developers to stop distributing and developing the app. “We were asked to remove all references to “We YouTube’, change the logo, and remove all links related to YouTube products,” says an admin from the Vanced team.
Google vs third-party
YouTube Vanced recently changed their name to just Vanced’ to avoid legal action from Google, but apparently, that wasn’t enough for Google. Vanced became the latest target of Google’s action against third-party apps that access YouTube. The popular Discord music bots, Groovy and Rythm which allowed users to enjoy ad-free music were also forced to shut down by YouTube last year.
App still works
The Vanced team mentioned that the currently installed versions of Vanced will continue to work as usual. However, users will not receive any more updates for the app. That’s why it will become outdated in the next two years or so.
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