With over 1.3 Billion users and a humongous amount of video content streamed every day; Youtube is undoubtedly the best destination on the internet for entertainment, music, and education. Most of its user consume the service from mobile devices. And, it’s official YouTube app is just getting better and better with every update. However, with such popularity, third-party apps for YouTube are inevitable. You might have already used some of them. But, here, I’d like to share some cool YouTube alternative client apps for Android that can take your YouTube experience to the next level.
Now, most of the android apps here are not available on the Play Store. Well, it’s because of YouTube’s strict TOS and restrictions by the YouTube API. However, the sources linked here are official and safe to download. Let’s dig in.
FlyTube gives wings to YouTube. It allows you to play a YouTube video on top of other apps. Flytube comes from creators of Flyperlink (Bubble link browser). So, you start with giving permissions to allow the app to overlay other apps. You can then sign in to your account and start using the app.
All the videos open up as an overlay by default. You can even play it in full screen. It’s best helpful for multitasking and hearing music while browsing the web on your phone. You can download it from APKMirror.
Shuffly works the same as the name says. It shuffles through YouTube videos and lets you watch random videos of your interest. It makes use of the pseudo-random algorithm to shuffle through videos. You can shuffle a particular channel or just pick a category like Music.
It also gives you the option to watch it in the YouTube app. Shuffling is an interesting feature which YouTube should definitely adopt. It actually allows you to dive into the old videos of your favorite YouTuber. It’s pretty cool.
Download it from the Play Store.
Videoder is a well-known third-party app for YouTube which allows you to download YouTube videos in various formats including MP3. But, in recent year it’s evolved to become a YouTube alternative. Browsing and downloading videos have just gotten easy with the recent updates.
While watching a YouTube video you can just share the video with Videoder and it will give you the options to download it in the available formats. It also downloads entire playlists and has a quick option to selectively download particular videos in various formats. It’s my go-to app for downloading videos. You’ll definitely love it.
Download it from their official website.
NewPipe is an open source lightweight Youtube alternative that actually doesn’t use the YouTube API to buffer the content. It’s just a frontend of YouTube through which you can watch videos, download them and even play them in the background.
You can even play the video in an external video player of your choice or if you’ve got the Kodi media center then you got an option for that too. However, what sold me was the option to play videos in the background which allows you to play music videos while doing other work on your phone.NewPipe is available for free on
NewPipe is available for free on F-droid repository.
5. Modified Ad-Free Official YouTube App
Ads suck. Don’t they? We’ve got enough tools for web browsers on our PC to block Ads. And, they work perfectly. However, it’s not the case for mobile apps. Apps like AdAway sometimes don’t block certain Ads on our phone. Especially for YouTube. Nevertheless, if you’ve got a rooted android phone then there’s a godsend app that will allow you to watch YouTube videos without any Ads.
The modified Ad-free version of the Official YouTube app has been developed by developer Arter97. You need to first uninstall the official YouTube app (using Titanium backup). And, then place this modified APK in the root of your phone where the actual YouTube app is placed. Here’s a complete guide. The app works perfectly just like the official app. However, you won’t get official updates so that’s a con you must consider. Though, arter97 is regular in updating the modified APK whenever there’s a change in the official APK.
You can download the modified APK from arter97’s website.
AudioPocket is a standalone app to listen to YouTube music videos in the background. All you have to do is share the link of the music video or a playlist with AudioPocket. And, it will convert the video to MP3 and play the song in the background.
It’s the best way to experience music streaming using YouTube on Android. You can download it from APKPure.
ListenOnRepeat is a popular online service which allows you to play YouTube videos again and again. Well, you do get an option to loop the video on YouTube’s official website. But, it’s not available on mobile devices. ListenOnRepeat has been developed for this specific task.
It helps you manage the looped video and you can even hear to music while multitasking on your phone. Just like FlyTube it also overlays the video over other apps so that you can listen to your favorite music while doing other work.
You can download it on Play Store.
Best YouTube Alternative App?
Well, YouTube’s API is strict and it restricts developers to develop an alternative client app to a certain extent. These were some of our best alternative android apps for YouTube that you should definitely try. If you know any other app or are already using one then do share them down in the comments.