Download YouTube Vanced APK [ROOT] for your Android smartphone

Download YouTube Vanced APK [ROOT] for your Android smartphone

YouTube Vanced is a popular modded version of YouTube. It adds a number of features to the official YouTube app, including built-in adblocking, background playback, black/dark themes, and much more. This page has installation instructions and download links for rooted devices. Non-root downloads can be found here.

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Latest version of YouTube Vanced

The latest version of YouTube Vanced is 16.29.39.


How to install YouTube Vanced Root variant

Using Vanced Manager

The YouTube Vanced team has created a new, easier method for getting Vanced up and running. Users can now simply install the Vanced Manager app and it will facilitate the process of installing YouTube Vanced. Support for Vanced Music, i.e., a similarly modded version of YouTube Music has also been there since version 1.3.0. The app makes it easy to choose which theme you want and to install future updates.

Steps:

  1. Download the latest Vanced Manager from here on your Android device.
  2. Install the app and open it.
  3. Make sure to grant the app superuser access during the initial configuration wizard.
  4. Tap the “Install” icon next to Vanced and select your theme and language.
  5. YouTube Vanced will be installed as a system app. The official YouTube app will be replaced if present.
  6. Success!

Vanced Manager Downloads

TitleLatest VersionCodenameMD5 Checksum
Vanced Manager2.6.2Crimson02a2ff9e69d85de4dad105213f620382

Manual Installation

While Vanced Manager is always the recommended method for installing and managing the modded YouTube instance, power users may like to have more control over the installation process. In case you want to install this app without using Vanced Manager, you need to follow the steps mentioned below:

How To Install without Vanced Manager

  1. Find the suitable YouTube Vanced APK components for the target device and download them.
  2. Install the set of APKs using Split APKs Installer (SAI). You can download SAI from its GitHub repo, F-Droid, or Google Play Store.
    • You may need to disable signature verification in the Android framework and/or remove the existing YouTube build beforehand.

Root Versions

Note that you may not find newer versions of YouTube Vanced as separately downloadable Split APKs.

YouTube Vanced VersionAPK Components
15.05.54


YouTube Vanced Features

Main Features:

  • Ability to blocks all videos ads.
  • Optional AMOLED black theme to reduce eye and battery strain.
  • Allows you to play videos in the background or in Picture in Picture (only on Android 8.0 Oreo and up).

YouTube Vanced PiP

  • Swipe controls allow you to control brightness and volume like how it is in other video player apps (with configurable padding).
  • Auto-repeat feature to enjoy videos like tiktoks/vines or simply continue playing a song on loop.

Customizability:

  • Vanced allows you to override codec options (such as forcing H.264 for old devices)
  • You can also force HDR playback or turn off 60fps if you prefer a cinematic experience with custom device configs.
  • Force the default video resolution as high or low as you want and even override your screen resolution (e.g. 4K playback on any device).
  • Change the default playback speed to anywhere between 0.25x to 2x.
  • Allows you to toggle home ads, most UI ads, merchandise ads, community posts, movie upselling, compact banner info, remove comments entirely, compact movie, movie shelf removal and many more!

SponsorBlock

  • Full integration with SponsorBlock so that you can skip sponsor segments, i.e. a YouTuber advertises a service or product in the middle of a video.

YouTube Vanced SponsorBlock

  • Supports skipping other categories, such as intros, outros, and reminders to subscribe.
  • Complete control over whether to automatically skip a segment category or show a button for skipping, or simply just not skipping it at all.
  • Highlights the segment in the specific color based on its category in the playback timeline.
  • Possible to submit your own segments to the SponsorBlock API and contribute to the wider community.

YouTube Vanced: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you plan on ditching the stock YouTube app in favor of Vanced, you might have some doubts about certain aspects of this mod that you want to be clarified. Listed below are several frequently asked questions about Vanced — right from the difference between the non-root and the root variants to downloading videos. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, feel free to leave it in the comments section below and if it’s relevant, we’ll answer it and add it to this section.

Which Vanced variant should I choose: Root or Non-root?

In terms of user experience, there is virtually no difference between the root and the non-root builds.

Root variant: The root variant of Vanced seamlessly replaces the official YouTube app. As a result, you can directly open YouTube links or call them using Google assistant through the modded app.

Non-root variant: However, if you have a device that is difficult to root or you don’t want to root your daily driver on the first hand, you should opt for the non-root variant. It can be installed on a rooted device as well. Since the package name of the non-root variant is different from the stock YouTube app, they can co-exist.

Note that you need to install an additional companion app (MicroG) to be able to log in with your YouTube/Google account. Moreover, you have to manually set Vanced as the default app for opening YouTube links. However, the non-root variant is simply easier to live with, so our recommendation is to stick with the non-root variant unless you really need to replace the stock YouTube app on your phone.

Are Vanced and YouTube Premium the same?

No! YouTube Premium (formerly known as YouTube Red) is a subscription-based service offered by Google that provides ad-free access to content across the service, as well as access to premium YouTube Originals, downloading videos and background playback of videos on mobile devices, and access to the YouTube Music music streaming service.

Vanced, on the other hand, is a highly modded version of the stock YouTube app which doesn’t require any kind of subscription. However, it does come with a lot of features like ad blocking, background playback, and many more that are otherwise not accessible without a YouTube Premium subscription.

Can I download videos using Vanced?

Google officially allows downloading videos from YouTube for offline viewing in these countries. Thereby, you need to purchase YouTube Premium or use a third-party app to download videos if you’re not in one of the supported countries.

Vanced itself doesn’t modify the downloader YouTube implemented. As a result, you might not get the download option for some videos, depending on your region and the restrictions imposed by the video publisher.

How do I disable battery optimization for Vanced and MicroG for Vanced?

There’s no standard method to disable battery optimization for a particular app on Android, as different OEMs implement the module in their skins in different ways. Since the steps and workflow vary from OEM to OEM, it would be better to check out our forums to find a suitable guide for your device.


YouTube Vanced is no doubt a very useful mod, and we’re glad to see the community enriching its features from time to time. It is fairly simple to use and you can have access to a multitude of exciting extra functionality to your YouTube viewing experience.

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