Bugs & Requests

YouTube / Google login

NewPipe's goal is to as effectively as possible protect its user's privacy. This means, the app only sends information to external servers which is needed to view search results or watch videos.

Having said this, the developers of NewPipe hope it is understandable that they will not implement any form of authentication which might allow tracking a user.

Play downloaded videos in-app

In order to play downloaded videos, you need to use an external video player.

The team has considered implementing this directly into NewPipe. This idea was dropped due to the following reasons:

  • A phone is usually shipped with a video player.
  • There are other apps available that deal with offline playback, in case the phone doesn't have one.
  • One option that could reduce friction between using NewPipe and an external player is Just Video Player, available on F-Droid, which is also based on ExoPlayer like NewPipe's player.
  • NewPipe is not designed to be an all-around video player.
  • A huge additional maintenance effort would be required to make this work.
Read YouTube Comments

Team NewPipe have reached several requests to view and create comments of YouTube videos.

Since NewPipe's goal is to protect its users privacy, this feature is implemented partly. A Google login is required to write comments and therefore this part will not be available.
However viewing top-level comments is possible now. It is planned to add support for comment replies later.

SoundCloud Beta problems

In addition to YouTube, NewPipe now also offers SoundCloud audio streaming.

The further development of NewPipe focuses on YouTube. This will only change with preparations for NewPipe version 2.0.0.

We appreciate your feedback regarding SoundCloud, but also ask for your understanding that we give preference to further improvements for YouTube.

If you are interested in fixing bugs for SoundCloud, you can find more information here.

Download MP3 Files

MP3 downloads for audio files is highly requested, but bring some difficulties for our developers.

First, and most importantly, YouTube does not provide MP3 files which could be directly downloaded. Therefore the only thing we could do on NewPipe's side is to convert/transcode M4A or WebM streams.
The reason why this features has not been implemented yet, is quite simple:
This process requires an external library like FFmpeg which would significantly increase NewPipe's size.

Nevertheless our team is working on a solution to make this features as soon as possible available to you. The plan is to move the conversion to an external and thus optional app called Video Transcoder which you can download from F-Droid too.

Help and contributions are always welcome. If you want to take a look at this issue, please read this page on GitHub.

Download to SD card fails

NewPipe uses the Android Storage Access Framework (SAF) and a the old but gold Java Input Output (Java IO).
SAF requires Android KitKat or later. However it is not supported on all devices. If this applies to your device, please disable SAF. To do this go to the Download section in the Settings and uncheck Use SAF.

Enable background player on Huawei devices