YouTube Vanced is a modified version of the YouTube app that offers an improved user experience through several features not available in the standard YouTube app. These features include ad-blocking, background playback, dark mode, and more. This guide will take you through how to install YouTube Vanced on your Android device step by step.

Note: It’s important to acknowledge that YouTube Vanced is not an official Google app and is not available on the Google Play Store. Therefore, caution must be exercised during its installation as it comes from an external source.

Preparing Your Device for Installation

  1. Enable Unknown Sources

    To install an app from an APK file downloaded outside of the Google Play Store, you need to allow installation of apps from “unknown sources”. You can do this by going to “Settings” > “Security” > “Unknown sources”. Make sure to enable this option.

  2. Download Vanced Manager

    Instead of directly downloading the YouTube Vanced APK, it’s recommended to download the Vanced Manager which simplifies the installation and update process of the app. You can download it from the official YouTube Vanced website.

Installing YouTube Vanced via Vanced Manager

  1. Open Vanced Manager

    Once the Vanced Manager is installed on your device, open it. You’ll see a simple user interface with options to install YouTube Vanced and Music Vanced.

  2. Select YouTube Vanced

    Click on the “YouTube Vanced” option. The Vanced Manager will guide you through the installation process.

  3. Choose Preferences

    You’ll be prompted to select your preferences for the app, such as language and theme. Select your preferences and continue.

  4. Install YouTube Vanced

    Click on “Install” and the Vanced Manager will start downloading and installing the YouTube Vanced app on your device.

Using YouTube Vanced

  1. Open YouTube Vanced

    Once the installation is completed, you can open YouTube Vanced from your app drawer. The icon looks a lot like the standard YouTube app icon, but with a “V” added.

  2. Log in to Your Google Account

    YouTube Vanced allows you to log in to your Google account to access your subscriptions, playlists, and viewing history. However, due to Google’s policy change, login requires an additional step which involves installing an additional app called “MicroG” via the Vanced Manager.

  3. Enjoy the Ad-free Experience

    Now that you have installed and set up YouTube Vanced, you can enjoy all your favorite YouTube videos without being interrupted by ads. You can also use the background playback feature, which means you can continue listening to a YouTube video while using other apps on your device.

Alternatives to YouTube Vanced

The YouTube Vanced app is a modified version of the official YouTube app, offering additional features such as ad-blocking, background playback, and dark mode. If you are looking for an alternative to YouTube Vanced, here are some popular options:

  • NewPipe:
    NewPipe is an open-source Android app that allows you to watch YouTube videos ad-free, in the background, and even when your screen is off. It also provides the option to download videos and choose playback resolution.
  • YouTube Premium:
    YouTube Premium is YouTube’s official subscription service that removes ads, allows background playback, and offers additional features such as downloading videos for offline viewing. However, it’s important to note that YouTube Premium is a paid service.
  • FreeTube:
    FreeTube is an open-source desktop app that lets you watch YouTube videos ad-free. It also respects your privacy by using alternative API instances for searching and playing videos.
  • YouTube Vanced Magisk Module:
    If you’re familiar with Magisk, a customization tool for rooted Android devices, you can install the YouTube Vanced Magisk module to get similar features to YouTube Vanced.

Choosing a YouTube Vanced Version

When it comes to choosing a version of YouTube Vanced, it depends on your device and preferences. There are different versions of YouTube Vanced suitable for different operating systems and configurations. Here are some common options:

  • YouTube Vanced for Non-rooted Android:
    This version is intended for Android device users who are not rooted. It can be installed as a standalone app and offers features such as ad-blocking, background playback, dark mode, and many more. You can find the suitable version for your Android device on the official YouTube Vanced website.
  • YouTube Vanced Magisk Module:
    This version is designed for users of rooted Android devices who use the Magisk framework. It integrates with the Magisk framework and offers features similar to the non-rooted version of YouTube Vanced. You can install the corresponding Magisk module via the Magisk Manager interface.
  • YouTube Vanced for Samsung Devices:
    There’s a special version of YouTube Vanced for Samsung devices, including smartphones and tablets. This version leverages specific features of Samsung devices, like the native dark theme. You can find this version on the official YouTube Vanced website or on the dedicated XDA Developers forum.

It’s important to download YouTube Vanced versions from reliable and verified sources. The official YouTube Vanced website ( is recommended for getting the latest stable and safe versions.

Troubleshooting YouTube Vanced Issues

If your YouTube Vanced is not working properly, here are some possible solutions to try:

  • Update the App:
    Make sure you’re using the latest version of YouTube Vanced. Updates can solve certain issues and improve compatibility with the latest Android versions. Visit the official YouTube Vanced website to download the latest available version.
  • Check Device Compatibility:
    Ensure that your Android device is supported by YouTube Vanced. Some versions may not work on older devices or with specific configurations. Check compatibility information on the official website or YouTube Vanced forum to make sure your device is supported.
  • Clear App Data:
    Go to your Android device’s settings, then to the “Apps” or “Application Manager” section. Look for YouTube Vanced in the list of installed apps, then tap on it. Select “Storage” or “Memory” and tap on “Clear Data” or “Delete Data”. This will clear the app’s temporary data and might resolve some issues.
  • Reinstall the App:
    If the above steps didn’t solve the issue, try completely uninstalling YouTube Vanced, then reinstall it from a reliable source. Make sure to backup any important data related to the app before uninstalling.
  • Check Security Settings:
    Make sure your Android device’s security settings are not blocking the installation or operation of YouTube Vanced. For example, check if the “Unknown sources” or “Untrusted sources” option is enabled to allow the installation of apps from sources other than the Google Play Store.
  • Consult the YouTube Vanced Forum:
    If the above solutions don’t solve the issue, it may be useful to consult the YouTube Vanced forum on XDA Developers or other forums dedicated to this app.