We get it – you don’t wish to pay for YouTube Premium and never see ads with background lock screen playback. Therefore, a secret trick to do so without an AdBlocker is using YouTube Vanced. This app is YouTube Premium – for free! But what do you do if you face the “YouTube Vanced not working” issue?
Many YouTube Vanced users reportedly faced this issue a lot. Many users will face this problem since this app is relatively new and still developing. However, if you are one of such unlucky users, we have multiple solutions for you.
Therefore, read this post to learn how to fix the “Vanced YouTube not working” issue on all supported devices and platforms.
Why YouTube Vanced Is Not Working For You?
YouTube Vanced is a popular free version of YouTube Premium for smartphones, where you get to enjoy ad-free videos. Additionally, you also get Premium features like background playback and playback while your screen is locked.
You might face the YouTube Vanced not working issue for many reasons. While the exact reason is still unknown, most users believe these are the primary reasons:
- You did not install the app properly.
- Your internet connection is poor.
- You still use an older version of the app.
- Battery optimization for the app is enabled.
- Some of the app permissions the app requires are disabled.
- You do not use the MicroG app – which is necessary for Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy M54.
How To Fix The “YouTube Vanced Not Working” Issue?
Here is a list of all the fixes we know that fix the “YouTube Vanced not working” issue. Therefore, try them out one at a time until YouTube Vanced starts working again!
1. Check Your Internet Connection
The first step you must take is to check your internet connection. Sometimes, a poor internet connection is the primary reason why YouTube Vanced stopped working for you.
Therefore, turn your cellular internet connection off and on to check whether it fixes this issue or not. However, if you use WiFi, first try turning it off and on from your smartphone. If this doesn’t work, then try restarting your router.
2. Update YouTube Vanced
Like YouTube, the YouTube Vanced app also gets updates occasionally. However, unlike the official YouTube app, you won’t get update notifications from the Play Store or the App Store. Therefore, you must go to the YouTube Vanced website and check the latest app version.
Then, check the version of your app from Settings. If they don’t match, then download the latest version from the YouTube Vanced website.
3. Install MicroG
Sometimes, you might get a pop-up that says, “YouTube Vanced keeps stopping,” – which means it’s constantly crashing. If you use YouTube Vanced on Android smartphones (like the Nothing Phone 2), you must use a MicroG app.
It’s because YouTube Vanced is an unofficial version of YouTube. Therefore, to use this app on your Android smartphone, you must let it access Google Play Services.
However, apps like MicroG let you install and use YouTube Vanced without requiring Google Play Services. Otherwise, the app will be flagged as “Potentially Harmful” – which it’s not.
Mostly, people use MicroG to run YouTube Vanced. This is because rooting your Android smartphone will void its warranty.
Therefore, if you don’t have MicroG installed on your device, here’s what you must do:
- First, uninstall YouTube Vanced.
- Then, download MicroG from its official website.
- After you download the APK, install it. Here, you should grant your phone permission to install external apps. You can enable the ‘Installation Sources” setting under the Security and Privacy tab.
- After you finish installing MicroG, download the latest APK version of YouTube Vanced and install it.
4. Clear YouTube Vanced Cached Data
Cached data refers to all the additional data that an app stores regarding the cookies used by websites. Apps and browsers store this information so that the website or the app can open up faster next time.
Therefore, YouTube Vanced also stores lots of cached data, which increases in size every time you use the app. Therefore, if you face the YouTube Vanced not working issue, you must delete the app’s cached data. Here are the steps you must follow to do so:
- Go to Settings.
- Then, go to Apps.
- Select YouTube Vanced from the list here.
- Then, tap on Clear Cached Data.
5. Turn Off MIUI Optimization
If you use Xiaomi smartphones (Redmi, Poco), you will have an option called MIUI Optimization. While its function is to optimize apps so that they can run smoothly, it does the opposite for YouTube Vanced.
Therefore, you must turn off MIUI Optimization by following these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Go to Additional Settings.
- Then, tap on Developer Options.
- Next, click on “Turn on MIUI Optimization” to toggle it off.
6. Disable Battery Optimization
Battery Optimization is one of the most helpful features that you can find in Android and iOS smartphones. This feature prevents background apps – and various features – from running in the background to preserve battery. While this may seem like a must-have feature on paper, it often causes multiple apps to malfunction.
Therefore, YouTube Vanced users will face the YouTube Vanced not working issue if Battery Optimization is on. This is because YouTube Premium features like video playback while minimized or when your screen is locked – get terminated.
Therefore, you must turn this feature off while using YouTube Vanced. Here’s how you can do so:
- Open Settings.
- Then, go to Apps and Notifications.
- Next, tap on App Info.
- Then, look for the YouTube Vanced app from the list.
- Now, click on Advanced.
- Then, go to Battery.
- Finally, tap on Don’t Optimize to toggle it on.
If you are facing the “YouTube Vanced not working” issue, here are the six ways to fix it. We hope you were able to fix this issue after reading this post.
However, if you still need help with this issue, let us know in the comments below!