I have an old tablet that I'd like to use just to watch Youtube videos. It's a Philco PH9B, Android version 4.2.2.

I've found no Youtube app on PlayStore and the reason is because such device won't suitable for the last Youtube version. But I've found an old version APK of Youtube, suitable for Android 4.2, from apkmirror.com. After install it, Youtube warns that there is a newer version available (I know that). And gives me just one button: "Update". Clicking it, I go to PlayStore and it says that my device is not suitable for that new version.

Blind alley. Deadlock. Stalemate.

I can watch videos using the browser. But it's very poor of resources and stucks a lot. It hasn't even an option to speed up the video, at least.

So, I'd like to know if there is another player as an APK to watch Youtube videos on the fly. Not offline videos. Or other solution to this stalemate.

  • What is the tablet model? It sounds very old and the video playback in browser may be more due to a general lack of resources. An app may not be any better. Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 4:15
  • Model is PH9B, from Philco. I need, at least, to speed up the video. Once it's playing, I got no stuck. Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 16:53
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    Have you explored rooting and unlocking the device so you can install an alternative ROM that might be more up to date, capable of running current apps? Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 17:58
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    Without rooting and unlocking the device, your only option for updates is from the manufacturer. The purpose of rooting and unlocking in this case is to open the ability to install an alternative version of Android that is still supported, or supported longer than the version you're currently at. Note that in some cases newer versions assume higher base system resources and so may not be the improvement you're looking for, but on the other hand, some versions are designed for less capable and older devices. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 15:50
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    I do not have specific recommendations except to suggest going to XDA Developers and searching their forums for your device. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 15:51

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Vanced is great, I've been using NewPipe for a bit and it's solid, clean and simple.

Here's a link to check out: https://www.xda-developers.com/best-youtube-vanced-alternatives/

  • I tried NewPipe, SkyTube and LibreTube. I had to install legacy versions, but some didn't work, unfortunately... Thanks for suggestion. Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 16:56
  • Dang. Sorry to hear that. Figured legacy versions would cut it. 4.2 does go back quite a ways.
    – a e
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 17:49
  • is it possible to update Android without have to root the device? Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 13:37
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    Once the manufacturer stops supporting the device you'll need to root it to update. I did a very cursory search for roms on xda and didn't find much support for your device. Look into it further to be sure there isn't support out there for that model. It could also be time to see what you can pick up for 40-50 dollars on ebay.
    – a e
    Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 15:22

For super low resources, as this tablet has 1GB RAM and a 1.2Ghz CPU, I would suggest NewPipe or a less resource intensive browser that has built-in adblock function, such as Brave.

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  • @music2myear, I'll try Brave. Thanks for suggestion. I'm using Kiwi Browser. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 13:40
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    Kiwi isn't a bad choice. But some may find Brave is less resource intensive, especially as it has decent adblock built in. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 15:52

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