Google shuts down YouTube ad-block app Vanced

Anne Freer | March 17, 2022

App Business

Google is apparently shutting down YouTube Vanced, which is a video client for Android that takes the ads out of YouTube videos. 

The Vanced team now announced that the service would shut down immediately. 

“In the coming days, the download links on the website will be taken down. We know this is not something you wanted to hear but it’s something we need to do. Thank you all for supporting us over the years.”

Google apparently sent the group a cease and desist letter to discontinue the service as it looks to position its YouTube Premium more dominantly. 

Premium does just that – it takes the ads out of the YouTube experience – only at $11.99 per month. 

Vanced was launched in 2017 and, over time, added additional features to its ad-blocking functionality.

The app added community-requested features like dark themes, SponsorBlock integration, and video quality preferences. 

It also enabled the YouTube “Dislike” button and removed YouTube Shorts. 

While it’s not entirely clear why Google would have taken so long to shut down the app, alternatives still exist such as NewPipe.

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