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Google forces YouTube Vanced to close down ‘as a consequence of authorized causes’

The favored Vanced YouTube app is being discontinued, after a authorized menace from Google. The creators of Vanced have revealed the mission will probably be shut down within the coming days, with obtain hyperlinks set to be eliminated. Whereas the app will proceed to work for anybody who at present has it put in on Android, with none future updates it’s more likely to cease working at some point. The Vanced house owners say they’ve needed to discontinue the mission “as a consequence of authorized causes.”

Google despatched the Vanced house owners a stop and desist letter lately, which has pressured the builders to cease distributing and creating the app. “We have been requested to take away all references to ‘YouTube’, change the brand, and take away all hyperlinks associated to YouTube merchandise,” says an admin from the Vanced crew in a Discord message to The Verge.

Vanced is a well-liked third-party YouTube app for Android, significantly as a result of it permits YouTube customers to dam all video adverts on YouTube and not using a Premium subscription. Vanced additionally features a true black theme, and customizations not supplied within the official YouTube for Android app.

Vanced is the most recent casualty in Google’s motion towards third-party apps that entry YouTube. Google-owned YouTube pressured two well-liked Discord music bots offline final yr, earlier than beginning to take a look at ad-supported YouTube integration into Discord simply weeks later. The favored Rythm and Groovy Discord music bots additionally averted adverts on the service, permitting Discord customers to take heed to music collectively.

“Vanced has been discontinued,” reads a Telegram message from the Vanced house owners. “We all know this isn’t one thing you wished to listen to, nevertheless it’s one thing we have to do.” We’ve reached out to Google to touch upon the discontinuation of Vanced, and we’ll replace you accordingly.


Vanced has been discontinued. Within the coming days, the obtain hyperlinks will probably be taken down. The Discord server, Telegram chat and subreddit will keep in the interim. We all know this isn’t one thing you wished to listen to, nevertheless it’s one thing we needed to do. We need to thanks all for the help over time.

Edit (1): The present model will proceed to work.
Edit (2): It was accomplished as a consequence of authorized causes.”

Replace, March thirteenth 9PM ET: Article up to date with remark from the Vanced crew on Google’s stop and desist letter.