One-stop solution to hassle-free YouTube Experience

One thing we can all agree on is that YouTube should let us play videos even when the app is minimized. Well, it lets you do that, but you need a monthly subscription for that, which well, to be honest, you can always get. But what if I told you there was a “free” workaround to this simple problem? Read on to find out how!

This is only applicable to the Android platform, and I haven’t found anything for iOS yet. Will update this post once I become aware about it.

The way to access the premium features is using a modified version of the YouTube app, called the YouTube Vanced.

What is YouTube Vanced?

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.

The best part about this mod is that you don’t need to root your device for this to work.! So let’s see how to get started with this.

How to install YouTube Vanced?

Step 1: Download and install the Split APK Installer (also known as SAI) from the Google Play Store. Just hit the icon below to download.

Step 2 (Optional): Download MicroG for Android for the same links above, if you want to login to this modded YouTube app so that you can “like/dislike” or save videos to your playlist. Install it before proceeding.

Step 3: Download the official APK from https://vanced.app/. You can also download the latest version from the XDA Forum, or additionally click the button below to download the APKS file to your device.

Step 4: Open SAI on your phone and add the modded APK into the install list. The reason you need to install it using this split installer is because of its format. The creator has to ensure that no one can tamper the app before it reaches you.

Once the installation is complete you will be able to see the YouTube Vanced app in your app drawer, ready to rock your world!

Bonus

You can also install YMusic from https://ymusic.io/. As a complete replacement for the YouTube Music app.

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