Vanced was a hacked version of the official YouTube client which is not open-source, so Google was probably within their rights here.
Newpipe is not a hacked YT client, it’s open-source, so it’s safe. You don’t login to your Google account, but what difference does that really make other than not browsing your YT history on the website? You can migrate all your subscriptions and so on.
There’s also skytube and a couple others but I don’t believe they let you login either. Browser with adblocking (and the sponsorblock addon too, if you’re a cool guy) would work.
And of course you can always subscribe to YouTube Premium. If you VPN to Argentina this is something like $1.65/month, and includes YouTube Music too.
Edit: Actually “Skytube Extra” looks like it’s another hacked YouTube apk. They call it Extra but it’s also free, no charge. You just can’t download it from F-droid as it isn’t open-source, so you need to get it directly from their website.
I don’t use any of the above, I have an iPhone and use the excellent SmartTubeNext on AndroidTV.
Newpipe doesn’t show channel playlists, so it is pretty limited in functionality if that’s something you use. Skytube Extra doesn’t seem to be a hacked YT client - it just says that it uses non-OSS libs vs. their open client. It at least shows channel playlists, but not a fan of the layout.
Just using Firefox works fine. Not a perfect UI, but no loss of functionality that way.
I did this with Android Firefox and installed the Ublock Origin addon. Seems to work, but how do you dismiss a video in a mobile browser? The normal down arrow that appears if you tap on the upper left doesn’t appear. :-/
EDIT: Hitting the YT icon dismisses the current video but doesn’t seem to remember where you were in it, even when signed in. Maybe if I pause first… NOPE, not then either. Hmm.
OMG that’s ridiculous. Do you only have to do that to sign up for premium or do you always need to use the VPN? Would I not be able to do that since I already tried the Youtube Premium 3 month trial using my Canadian credit card?