12 Free YouTube Android Clients to Watch Videos and Stream YouTube Music without Ads.

12 Free YouTube Android Clients to Watch Videos and Stream YouTube Music without Ads.
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This list provides information on various YouTube frontend alternatives for Android, including WebTubePlay, LibreTube, SkyTube, NewPipe Legacy, SimpMusic, ViMusic, YaShlangOnline, and InnerTune.

These apps offer features such as ad-free experience, video blocking, music streaming, playlist creation, and more.

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These apps are available to download from the F-Droid store, which you need to download on your Android phone first.

1- WebTube

WebTubePlay is a lightweight YouTube frontend designed to be used without proprietary features.

GitHub - martykan/webTube: Android wrapper for the YouTube website with a couple little tweaks.
Android wrapper for the YouTube website with a couple little tweaks. - GitHub - martykan/webTube: Android wrapper for the YouTube website with a couple little tweaks.
WebTube | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
Play YouTube videos

2- LibreTube

LibreTube is an exceptional open-source and free alternative YouTube client frontend for Android. It is expertly crafted with Piped and empowers you to enjoy an ad-free YouTube experience.

Key Features

  •  No Ads
  •  User Accounts
  •  Subscriptions
  •  Subscription Groups
  •  User Playlists
  •  Playlist Bookmarks
  •  Watch/Search History
  •  SponsorBlock
  •  DeArrow
  •  ReturnYouTubeDislike
  •  Downloads

Download

GitHub - libre-tube/LibreTube: An alternative frontend for YouTube, for Android.
An alternative frontend for YouTube, for Android. Contribute to libre-tube/LibreTube development by creating an account on GitHub.
LibreTube | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
Alternative YouTube frontend for Android built with Piped

3- SkyTube

SkyTube is a YouTube player with features such as blocking unwanted videos, video swipe controls, and bookmarking videos.

Key Features

  • block unwanted videos (including channel blacklisting/whitelisting, language filtering, low view video blocking, high dislikes video blocking... etc.),
  • video swipe controls (including volume, brightness, comments and video description controls),
  • bookmark videos,
  • import subscriptions from YouTube,
  • play channels' playlists,
  • download videos,
  • view and download video thumbnails
  • explore Trending and Most Popular videos,
  • browse YouTube channels,
  • play YouTube videos,
  • view video comments,
  • search videos, music and channels,
  • channel subscription & non-intrusive notifications,
  • subscriptions feed
SkyTube | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
An open source YouTube client

4- Clipious

SkyTube is a copylefted libre/open source YouTube player for Android that is ad-free. It includes innovative features such as a video blocker with channel blacklisting and whitelisting.

Key Features

  • Watched or partially watched videos are marked accordingly. "Resume playing" feature also implemented
  • Video swipe controls, including controls for volume, brightness, comments and video description
  • Bookmark videos
  • Import subscriptions from YouTube
  • Play channels' playlists
  • Download videos
  • Ability to play the video faster — or slower than live. [New!]
  • View and download video thumbnails
  • No adverts when browsing or playing videos
  • Explore Featured and Most Popular videos
  • Browse YouTube channels
  • SponsorBlock to skip advertisement segments
  • Back up and restore bookmarks and subscriptions (all stored locally on your device)
  • Play YouTube videos
  • View video comments
  • Search videos, music and channels
  • Channel subscription & non-intrusive notifications
  • Subscriptions feed

Download

Clipious | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
Client for Invidious, the privacy focused YouTube front end.
GitHub - SkyTubeTeam/SkyTube: Copylefted libre / open source YouTube player for Android
Copylefted libre / open source YouTube player for Android - GitHub - SkyTubeTeam/SkyTube: Copylefted libre / open source YouTube player for Android

5- NewPipe Legacy

NewPipe Legacy is an exceptional lightweight YouTube frontend meticulously crafted for OS versions 4.x. It proudly operates independently without any dependence on Google framework libraries or the YouTube API, ensuring seamless compatibility with devices that do not have Google Services.

Moreover, NewPipe proudly offers a hassle-free experience without the need for a YouTube account, and it is proudly released as copylefted libre software.

Key features

  • Search videos
  • Display general info about videos
  • Watch YouTube videos
  • Listen to YouTube videos
  • Popup mode (floating player)
  • Select streaming player to watch video with
  • Download videos
  • Download audio only
  • Open a video in Kodi
  • Show next/related videos
  • Search YouTube in a specific language
  • Watch/Block age restricted material
  • Display general info about channels
  • Search channels
  • Watch videos from a channel
  • Orbot/Tor support (not yet directly)
  • 1080p/2K/4K support
  • View history
  • Subscribe to channels
  • Search history
  • Search/watch playlists
  • Watch as enqueued playlists
  • Enqueue videos
  • Local playlists
  • Subtitles
  • Livestream support
  • Show comments
NewPipe Legacy | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
Lightweight YouTube frontend for OS versions 4.x

6- SimpMusic

SimpMusic is an exceptional and robust music app that is freely available and open-source. It utilizes the powerful backend of YouTube Music to provide a seamless and enjoyable music experience.

Key Features

  • Play music from YouTube Music or YouTube free without ads in the background
  • Browsing Home, Charts, Podcast, Moods & Genre with YouTube Music data at high speed
  • Search everything on YouTube
  • Analyze your playing data, create custom playlists, and sync with YouTube Music...
  • Play video option
  • Caching and can save data for offline playback
  • Synced lyrics from Musixmatch and YouTube Transcript and translated lyrics (Community translation from Musixmatch)
  • Personalize data (*)
  • Support SponsorBlock
  • Sleep Timer
  • Android Auto
  • And many more
SimpMusic | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
A simple music app using YouTube Music for backend

7- ViMusic

ViMusic is an Android application that allows seamless streaming of music from YouTube Music.

Key Features

  • Play (almost) any song or video from YouTube Music
  • Background playback
  • Cache audio chunks for offline playback
  • Search for songs, albums, artists videos and playlists
  • Bookmark artists and albums
  • Import playlists
  • Fetch, display and edit songs lyrics or synchronized lyrics
  • Local playlist management
  • Reorder songs in playlist or queue
  • Light/Dark/Dynamic theme
  • Skip silence
  • Sleep timer
  • Audio normalization
  • Android Auto
  • Persistent queue
  • Open YouTube/YouTube Music links (watchplaylistchannel)

Download

ViMusic | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
Seamlessly stream music from YouTube Music

8- Youtube Video Listing App

This powerful application enables users to effortlessly list and categorize YouTube videos into various predefined categories set by the app administrator.

The app backend is built on the robust Parse Server open source technology, originally developed by Facebook.

Download

Youtube Video Listing App (By The Creative Team) | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
This app is a kind of Youtube Video catalog having an online cloud backend based

9- YouTube Stream

To open a YouTube stream with a local application, this app enables you to share a YouTube video or use the clipboard. The local application, such as VLC, will handle the video and allow for background playback.

YouTube Stream | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
Get YouTube Stream and open it with local application

10- raag

raag is a free music player app that allows users to download audio from YouTube with high bitrate, play on-device music files, and switch between dark and light themes. It also includes an in-app YouTube browser for quick music search and download.

Features

  • Download audio from YouTube with the highest possible bitrate
  • Play on-device music files
  • Dark and light themes
  • In-app YouTube browser to search and download your favorite music quickly

Download

raag | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
Music player app with YouTube audio downloader

11- YaShlang

YaShlangOnline is an online PeerTube and YouTube video player for Android that allows users to create local playlists, add favorite channels and playlists, and customize video preferences. It provides a safe environment for users and does not require a Google services account.

YaShlang | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
Online PeerTube and YouTube player with local playlists and recommendations

12- InnerTune

The InnerTune app, a Material 3 YouTube Music client for Android, has been updated to version 0.5.3. The update includes a better UI, a grid layout for albums and playlists, and minor enhancements and bug fixes.

Features

  • Play songs from YT/YT Music without ads
  • Background playback
  • Search songs, videos, albums, and playlists from YouTube Music
  • Login support
  • Library management
  • Cache and download songs for offline playback
  • Synchronized lyrics
  • Lyrics translator (experimental)
  • Skip silence
  • Audio normalization
  • Adjust tempo/pitch
  • Dynamic theme
  • Localization
  • Android Auto support
  • Personalized quick picks

Download

InnerTune | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository
A Material 3 YouTube Music client for Android


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