The popular Vanced YouTube app is being shut down after a legal threat from Google. The makers of Vanced have revealed that the project will be halted in the coming days and download links will be removed. While the app will continue to work for anyone who currently has it installed on Android, without future updates it will likely stop working soon. Vanced’s owners say they had to stop the project “for legal reasons.”
Google recently sent the owners of Vanced a letter of resignation, forcing the developers to stop distributing and developing the app. “We have been asked to remove all references to ‘YouTube’, change the logo and remove all links related to YouTube products,” a Vanced team administrator said in a Discord message. The edge†
Vanced has been discontinued. The download links on the website will be removed in the coming days. We know this isn’t something you wanted to hear, but it’s something we need to do. Thank you all for supporting us over the years.— Vanced Official (@YTVanced) March 13, 2022
Vanced is a popular third-party YouTube app for Android, mainly because it allows YouTube users to block all video ads on YouTube without a Premium subscription. Vanced also includes a true black theme and customizations not offered in the official YouTube for Android app.
Vanced is the latest victim in Google’s action against third-party apps that access YouTube. Google-owned YouTube forced two popular Discord music bots offline last year, before starting testing ad-supported YouTube integration into Discord a few weeks later. The popular music bots of Rythm and Groovy Discord also avoided ads on the service, allowing Discord users to listen to music together.
“Vanced has been discontinued,” reads a Telegram message from the Vanced owners. “We know this isn’t something you wanted to hear, but it’s something we need to do.” We’ve reached out to Google to comment on the discontinuation of Vanced, and we’ll update you accordingly.
“DISCONTINUATION OF THE PRISON PROJECT
Vanced has been discontinued. The download links will be removed in the coming days. The Discord server, Telegram chat, and subreddit will remain for now. We know this isn’t something you wanted to hear, but it’s something we needed to do. We want to thank you all for the support over the years.
Edit (1): The existing version will continue to work.
Edit (2): It was done for legal reasons.”
Update, March 13, 9:00 PM ET: Article updated to include comments from the Vanced team on Google’s suspension letter.