FAQ

Bugs & Requests

What's New feed not sorted correctly

The "What's New" feed shows the latest video from each channel you subscribed to.

Due to the algorithm which is used right now, it is not possible to get the exact release time of a video. As a consequence, the feeds are sorted by date but not by date time.


There is an open pull request which addresses this problem. We hope to get it through as soon as possible.

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.

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 will be implemented partly. A Google login is required to write comments and therefore this part will not be available.
However the developers have planned to add the ability to view comments.

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.

Audio missing for certain downloads

YouTube delivers the video and audio in different streams. That has no effect on playing the videos because NewPipe's embedded player (ExoPlayer) merges both streams while playing a video.

In contrast, our download library does not have the ability to merge both streams. This process would therefore require another extra library. Due to the size of the app, we have refrained from working on a concrete solution. Nevertheless, the entire download process must be refactored. It is therefore possible that a good solution to this problem will emerge.

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

We are aware of a bug that causes a crash when downloading a stream to an external SD card. We are sorry for this inconvenience and trying our best to fix this issue.

Due to an outdated library (Gigaget) we are planing to refactor the whole download handling. This might take a while. We've raised a bounty for implementing certain aspects of the new mechanism. You can take a look at the corresponding ticket on GitHub.

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