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How to block YouTube ads: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE, Android or iPhone

how to block youtube ads

Outlines how to block YouTube ads on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE, Android and iPhone or iPad. 3 ways: a simple hack, code or adblocker.

Prevent annoying ads on YouTube by signing up for a premium account or using an ad blocker for your browser.

YouTube is arguably the most popular streaming platform in the world, with everything from videos to wiring a connector to lectures on economic theory and everything in between. The annoying thing then is that if you want to enjoy the latest episode on your favorite channel, you have to endure advertisements on completely irrelevant topics. 

How to block YouTube ads

We will show you the quick and easy way for how to block ads on YouTube and banish the delays and intrusive commercials.

How to block YouTube ads with code for IE, Chrome and Firefox

If you want to block YouTube advertising with code, you first have to open the developer console. You can do this in different ways, depending on the browser used:

  • Firefox : “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “K”
  • Chrome , Opera: “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “J”
  • Internet Explorer : F12

Now enter the following command in the console:

  • document.cookie = “VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE = oKckVSqvaGw; path = /; domain = .youtube.com”; window.location.reload ();

This sets a cookie that blocks YouTube advertising. If you want to reactivate advertising, you can delete the YouTube cookies.

How to block YouTube ads by adding “.” to the url

An incredibly simple trick that allows you to effectively block YouTube ads from showing up during your binges. The trick doesn’t require any software, extensions, or even memorizing some sort of long string of code.

Instead, the trick involves adding just one extra character to the video address, specifically a period (.) after the “.com” in the URL. In other words, instead of visiting “youtube.com/watch?v=uK3jnIATgI4” you would go to “youtube.com./watch?v=uK3jnIATgI4“.

This quick change to the URL “breaks” the page in certain ways, which has a side effect of removing most (or even all) advertisements. That even includes the video ads that interrupt your viewing. The trick works on the desktop as well as mobile (although for mobile you need to pull the desktop version of the page).

How to block YouTube ads on Android and iPhone

Because of the way mobile apps are designed, AdBlockers can’t block ads in the YouTube app (or in any other app, for that matter). To ensure you don’t see ads, watch YouTube videos in a mobile browser with AdBlock installed. On iOS, use Safari; on Android, use Firefox or Samsung Internet. (The ubiquitous Chrome doesn’t support browser extensions such as AdBlock.)

How to Block YouTube Ads on Chrome (Desktop)

Should you shy away from the idea of ​​paying Google a monthly fee, you always have the option of removing the ads with an ad blocker. There are a number of options available to you, with our current favorite being AdBlock as it allows you to whitelist certain channels to continue supporting your favorite creators.

To install AdBlock in Chrome, open the browser and then click on the three dots in the upper right corner. From the drop-down menu that appears, select More Tools> Extensions, then click the three lines in the upper left corner of the Extensions page.

At the bottom of the screen you will see the option “Open Chrome Webshop”. Click on these and use the search bar at the top of the Chrome webstore page to find AdBlock and then click the “Add to Chrome” option.

On the Extensions page, look for AdBlock, then make sure the toggle switch is on (the dot is on the right, and the switch is blue). Now if you use YouTube you should see that the ads are gone.

How to Block YouTube Ads in Firefox (Desktop)

Removing ads on Firefox is a very similar process to that on Chrome. Open the browser and click on the three lines in the upper right corner. Select Add ons and then enter “Adblock” in the “Find more add-ons” field. When you have found the add-on you want, click on it and then select the “Add to Firefox” option.

Go back to the Add-on Manager’s page, make sure the Extensions tab is selected in the left column, then check that the toggle switch for your adblocker is turned on. 

How to Block YouTube Ads in Microsoft Edge (Desktop)

Now that Microsoft is sharing its underlying software with Chrome, you’ll find that setting up ad blockers is pretty much the same process. Open the browser, click the three dots in the top right corner, then choose Extensions.

Click the Get Extensions For Microsoft Edge option, find and select the extension you want, then click the Get button. Return to the settings for extensions and then activate the toggle switch to activate the adblocker.

Get rid of YouTube ads by signing up for a premium account

It is a sad fact that most of the content we enjoy online – including our website – is funded through advertising. Since readers and viewers no longer regularly buy issues of magazines as they have in the recent past, the money to pay the writers, editors, photographers, technicians, hosting costs and other bills has to be generated somehow, and advertising is the way to go has proven to be the most efficient.

You can point out that the content on YouTube is created by individuals, not companies, and therefore does not incur the above costs, but this is not necessarily true. The creators rely on the money from the advertising to upgrade their gear or to be able to become full-time YouTubers and make even more videos for you.

One of the best ways to ensure that the channels you enjoy continue to exist is to support those channels by signing up for a YouTube Premium account. These remove all advertisements from the website.

If you’d rather support individual channels rather than YouTube as a whole, many creators are now using the Patreon platform to offer memberships and easy ways to regularly donate to the content you value. Also, depending on the level you sign up for, you may find yourself receiving exclusive content reserved only for the Patreons.

For example, if you enjoy watching Chris Broad’s Abroad In Japan YouTube channel (which is very entertaining, by the way), you can sign up for a Patreon membership for $ 1 a month and, in his words, “If you’re an ad blocker (which means you cannot earn YouTube advertising revenue for overseas Japan), consider your sins forgiven! ” Perfect.

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