Frequently Asked questions for SmartTube app. Please read the answers here instead of asking in the official Telegram support group.

Will SmartTube/SmartTubeNext be able to play 4k with/without a premium account?

We will see. YouTube didn’t announce how it will block 4k for standard users, but it will hopefully be in a backwards compatible way, at least for a while.

What are the SmartTube alternatives to desktop/browsers?

Just use browser addons like uBlock Origin (adblocker), SponsorBlock, and Return YouTube Dislike

For the more privacy focused: just open piped.kavin.rocks, which has adblocking, SponsorBlock and Return YouTube Dislikes integrated out of the box. The browser addon Privacy Redirect automatically redirects from Youtube to Piped/Invidious (if configured).

Is Vanced Still Working?

Yes, It is still working. However, we cannot guarantee how long it works.

What is the alternative to the Vanced?

ReVanced is the current alternative to Vanced.

How to install ReVanced?

Use ReVanced Manager from GitHub and apply features to the supported apps.

What are the alternatives to SmartTube for Android Smart Phones/Tablets?

There’s many options; here are some recommendations:

Is there a Smartphone version of SmartTube?

Why Voice search result is empty?

There are some reports that the latest update for “Google app for Android TV” (“Google app” if you own generic tv box) could cause this bug. Deleting the update should fix the problem.

Why I can’t link the app to the phone, when I enter the code, a circle with an exclamation mark appears and nothing happens.

After the latest update, the official YouTube client does not allow you to link third-party applications to it.
There are two ways out so far:

  • Roll back the YouTube app on your smartphone to version 16.20.35
  • Install YouTube Vanced instead

How to get 5.1 audio output in SmartTube?

  • In the sound settings, you need to select the mp4a.
  • Not all videos really have a 5.1 audio track.
  • In addition, it is pointless to throw the sound “as is”.
  • There is no DD or DTS on YouTube. In the mp4a container, the sound is encoded in the AAC format, most often the receiver does not understand it. Therefore, the PCM should be in the TV settings.

Test video for 5.1 sound testing – https://youtu.be/PqVCPE8_ntE

What is the alternative to SmartTube for Windows?

There is an app for Windows 8, 10 and 11 called MyTube!. It’s available for download from Microsoft Store

What is the difference between vp9 and avc?

The difference is in the codec instructions for image compression. VP9 allows you to show the same image with a smaller stream size. But it is likely to be supported by hardware, because software decoding is too laggy.

If you have vp9 running, you can use it. In terms of image quality, you will only notice a difference above 1080p, since only vp9 is used there

What is a SponsorBlock and what is it for?

This is a way to skip the ads embedded in the video itself. For example, an advertising integration from a video blogger or a final speech with a request to subscribe and like. The time of skipping is determined by the viewers by marking the time of the beginning and end of the ad insert.

At the moment, the functionality of SponsorBlock in STN is limited to skipping integrations. Other features of SponsorBlock will appear later.

Why do we need a pause in AFR at all?

So that there are no situations when you turn on the video, and there is already half a minute of the video has passed. While AFR is working, the video is already playing and passes 1-2 seconds of video.

What is the difference between a fast carousel and a slow carousel?

Slow – it switches clearly on the preview frames.
Fast – rewinds as usual, with gradually increasing speed.

How to make sure that after watching the video, the next one does not start / start automatically?

To do this, you need to switch the mode of Repeating the video/ Autoplay the next video, etc. by clicking on the button in the form of arrows in a rounded square