NewPipe 0.25.2 adds YouTube Video multi-audio track support

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 12, 2023
Updated • Dec 12, 2023
Apps, Google Android, Youtube

NewPipe is a popular third-party Android app for watching videos on YouTube and media on a selection of other sites, including Soundcloud. The latest release, NewPipe 0.25.2 adds support for accessing multiple audio tracks on YouTube among other changes.

Back in 2022, I declared that NewPipe is the better YouTube client for Android. It is free to use, without any form of advertisement, and packed with additional features. While it lacks some features of the YouTube client, notably features such as syncing data between devices using a Google account or using other account-requiring features such as leaving comments on YouTube, it supports the bulk of features that users require.

NewPipe is an open source application that does not use the YouTube API or Google Play services. The app runs on devices therefore that come without any of these Google services installed.

NewPipe 0.25.2

NewPipe is available via F-Droid and the official website of the project. Users who installed NewPipe from GitHub are advised to create a backup before they update the app to the latest version.

This is done by opening NewPipe, selecting Menu  > Settings > Content > Export database. Select a save location and activate the "save" button to store the data on the device. You may then use the import database option under the same menu to import the data again, should it not be available immediately.

The big new feature in NewPipe 0.25.2 is support for multiple audio tracks. The feature is only available for large publishers on YouTube at the time of writing. It allows you to switch the audio track to another language.

You may check out this video to see how it works.

Tap on the YouTube video in NewPipe to display additional settings. The original language of the video is displayed there, if it supports multiple audio tracks. Tap on the language to get a list of other languages that are supported. Select any of those to play the video in that language instead.

The blog post on the official website lists other changes and improvements. Many of these are under-the-hood improvements. One improvement lifts the throttling of downloads on YouTube, which is a welcome change for users who prefer to watch videos offline.

You may also check out our reviews of new YouTube extensions. There is FastStream, which replaces YouTube's default video player with a custom one, and Ad Speedup, which skips and fast forwards ads on YouTube.

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  1. s said on December 13, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Thank you for mentioning NewPipe. I just downloaded it and it works ok.

  2. Mystique said on December 13, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Other alternatives include Libretube, NewPipe Sponsorblock and GrayJay

  3. boris said on December 12, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you for mentioning NewPipe. I just downloaded it and it works ok. I used Youtube Vanced until now, but after a recent update it was overflowing with ads.

    1. boombam said on December 17, 2023 at 7:20 am

      It’s Revanced now.

  4. Hmm said on December 12, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    0.25.2 is from August, how is this news?

    1. Anonymous said on December 12, 2023 at 8:49 pm

      They posted this on the newpipe blog a couple of days ago in Martin’s defense. The changes themselves are months old at this point but the way the blog post talks about it is more detailed than what you get in the GitHub release changelog and again, it’s fresh.
      It’s easy to mistake the blog post as referring to an upcoming release because that’s how it usually works.

      1. Hmm said on December 12, 2023 at 9:28 pm

        Fair enough. I jumped at these news since I know that NewPipe is going through a massive rewrite so I thought maybe this was it. It wasn’t. Bummer.
        This old one doesn’t work properly anymore. LibreTube has issues as well so something new is sorely needed.

  5. Huh? said on December 12, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    GitHub not updated anymore, where did you get that from?

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