Google sends a cease and desist letter to the creators of YouTube Vanced, ending the project.

The last dance of YouTube Vanced.

YouTube Vanced was an app that allows users to access YouTube Premium features without the need to pay for it. The app mimics the YouTube app but also with the additions of YouTube Premium such as offline video play, background play, and PiP (picture-in-picture). You can say it’s technically a cracked version of YouTube. You don’t need root access either to download and run it, although the developers recommend it.

This was reported first on their Twitter account. The developers said that the app will continue working until it becomes outdated. The app will cease to receive updates and as of today, you can no longer download it.

This wasn’t the first time Google murdered third-party apps and programs that access YouTube. If you can recall, Google has also terminated two Discord music bots, which are Rythm and Groovy. Both of which are popular among discord users for their ability to access YouTube’s music without going to YouTube, successfully bypassing ads.