Android: If you’re tired of suffering through annoying YouTube ads, the company’s YouTube Red subscription is a solid option. Unfortunately, it also costs $10 a month. If you don’t feel like paying and/or don’t require access to YouTube Red’s exclusive content, there’s another ad-free YouTube player for Android you can get – for free.
Newpipe is a popular player that lets you watch YouTube videos without opting into Google Play Services. That means Google can’t track what you’re watching, which is great if you’re worried about protecting your online privacy. The app also copies a couple of YouTube Red’s best features, like ad-free streaming and the option to download videos for offline viewing.
Most recently, Newpipe’s developers added livestreaming videos to the app. So you can watch your favourite video game streamers, live news shows, and more without dealing with any ads. You can grab the latest update right now from Github (via Reddit).
If you’ve never used Newpipe before, you’ll have to install it first, which takes a little work since it’s not available through Google Play. Your best bet is to download F-Droid, an alternative app store for open-source software. From there you can securely install Newpipe on your Android device. Just don’t forget to switch on “Install from unknown sources” first from the Security section of your Settings menu.
You can also skip a step and download the Newpipe APK directly onto your phone or tablet right here. The only drawback is that using this method means you won’t get future app updates automatically.