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Millions of people watch Youtube everyday. That’s why advertising companies target Youtube as an effective channel for marketing. The good news is that there are simple tips helping you to avoid ads on Youtube. Check it out!

What are Youtube ads?

Youtube advertising means advertising on Youtube, the online video-sharing platform, promoting video content, or in relevant search terms in Youtube Search. As Google owns Youtube, Youtube advertising is possible only through Google Ads.

In Youtube advertising, companies can utilize its many video ad formats or use it in part with display campaigns.

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Youtube itself has over two billion monthly logged-in users, with 500 hours of video content uploaded every minute to the platform. Each visitor, on average, spends 11 minutes and 24 seconds on Youtube every day, and every visit to Youtube on average leads to 6.5 pageviews.

Advertising on Youtube, therefore, produces many opportunities for companies to expand their online marketing strategy.

Why do I get so many adverts on YouTube?

Just like most other social media sites, YouTube rakes in the bulk of its profits from advertising. If product promotion was prohibited on the platform, YouTube would have little capital with which to pay the creators that make the content on their platform and, in turn, attract its vast audience.

However, it's not always been plain sailing – the 2017 'adpocalypse' saw significant numbers of creators lose the ability to monetize their channels over content YouTube deemed 'extreme'. Many advertisers – including the UK government – pulled their ads from the platform.

In recent years, YouTube has made several modifications that seem to have led to more ads. These include removing the 10-minute minimum video threshold that content creators used to have to reach in order to mid-roll ads and letting creators that aren't part of the platform's partner program run ads.

READ MORE: Top 10 Official Youtube Channels To Watch Movies And TV Shows (Legal and Free)

Simple Ways To Watch Youtube Without Ads

1. Try Tab+Enter

During the pre-roll ad on a YouTube video, hit Tab+Enter. It brings up the About This Ad box, telling you why you got it and who the advertiser is, and you can then report the ad or at least ask to stop seeing the ad in the future.

If you select Stop seeing this ad, you'll get a warning that the particular ad shouldn't be showing again, but it won't stop you from seeing ads from that same advertiser in the future.

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When you report the ad, you go to a whole new page where you can tell on the advertiser for violating YouTube's policies on trademarks, counterfeit goods, or even just showing multiple ads (which is against the company's "unfair advantage" policy).

Use that dialog to go into your own Google Ad Settings (or visit adssettings.google.com/authenticated(Opens in a new window)). This isn't going to stop you from seeing ads, of course, but it can at least limit exposure to the ads that aren't tailored for you. Or if you hate that customization aspect—because it requires so much tracking of what you're doing—turn ad personalization to OFF.

2. Pay Up for YouTube Premium

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Not to be confused with YouTube TV, which can replace your cable TV viewing, YouTube Premium is the same as YouTube but without that ads. It comes bundled with YouTube Music Premium and lets subscribers play songs and videos in the background on the desktop, and allows video "downloads" to watch later. That freedom from ads extends to mobile devices and even TVs with a YouTube app on them. And it strips out the ads on shares you make to YouTube Kids for the youngsters.

A YouTube Premium subscription costs $11.99 per month after a one-month free trial. You can also get a five-member (plus yourself) family plan for $17.99 per month. If you're a student, you pay only $6.99 a month.

3. URL Modification

According to a Reddit report, you can bypass ads by simple customization in Youtube’s domain URL. This trick will remove not only pre-rolled ads but also mid-roll and post-rolled ads. This is a bug on Youtube that hasn’t been fixed yet.

To play the Youtube videos without ads, you have to add an extra period (.) after ‘.com’ in the URL of any Youtube video i.e “youtube.com./xyz”.

This method works because of the undefined hostname in Youtube’s server. Youtube uses another server to show ads on structured videos without any duration. But whenever a user modifies the domain URL, it redirects to the video which does not contain any ads.

Although this bug may be fixed by Youtube, it seems they haven’t recognized it yet. So you can use this trick until they fix it.

4. Adblocking apps

Adblocking programs have largely been overtaken by browser extensions that fulfill many of the same functions in recent years, but that doesn't mean there aren't any desktop applications out there if that's what you'd prefer.

Adfender, for example, is an excellent desktop program that blocks ads with ease and has been road-tested on a wide variety of browsers. Although it's a little more complex than most browser extensions or apps, it works well for blocking ads on YouTube. All you have to do is download the software and follow the instructions!

Adblock for YouTube

You’re probably already familiar with Adblock Plus for general web browsing, but Adblock for YouTube is designed to block ads on the streaming service. With this extension, you can block every type of advertising that YouTube itself puts in videos.

Banners, popups, annotations, and preroll ads are blocked by Adblock for YouTube. This adblocker extension works with a filter list of external ad sources. So any ads that don’t come from that list of sources will sneak through. It usually doesn’t take long for it to be updated, however. User reviews still report that this blocker works, but YouTube fights back from time to time, disrupting it for a while.

uBlock Origin

uBlock Origin is another popular option, but it’s substantially different from AdBlock. Rather than being an ad-blocker alone, uBlock Origin is a broad content blocker, including ads.

uBlock Origin is an open-source extension supported by the community and depends on several blocklists. It doesn’t just block ads but also malicious sites, so it’s an excellent plugin to have regardless of whether you want to block ads or not.

Adblocking apps for phones

If you primarily want to watch YouTube on your phone, you might want to look for a different solution to the problem of adverts. Remember, the information below will not help you block ads on the YouTube app – this is currently impossible to do.

When it comes to iPhones, look no further than Adlock. Although it's a bit pricey, it's natively designed to extend Safari and is one of the most ruthless blockers out there.

A cheaper option is 1Blocker, one of the first As to work well on iOS. It's designed specifically for use with Safari and you only have to pay a very small, non-subscription fee and you can use it forever. To turn these extensions on, you just have to go to Safari in 'Settings', tap the 'Content Blockers' option, and configure your settings from there. Our experts take a closer look at both of these on our best ad-blockers page.

For both iPhone and Android users, we would strongly recommend Firefox Focus, an open-source browser with a privacy-conscious approach to surfing the internet. This app blocks tracking, which is its primary purpose, but has the effect of also stopping many advertisements too. It's available for both iOS and Android phones. If you're on an Android and want to stick with your old Firefox browsing app, then just use Firefox's regular browser app with a uBlock Origin extension for the best ad-free browsing experience.

Android users also have the choice of using the 'Adblock Browser' app that is produced by Adblock Plus, which also produces a widely used Chrome adblocking extension.

5. Use a VPN to Block Ads

VPN (Virtual Private Network) services create an encrypted tunnel between your computer and a remote server. This is great to hide your actual location and ensure your ISP doesn’t know what you’re doing on the internet, but it can also be a way to block ads.

To be clear, getting a premium VPN service for blocking ads alone isn’t worth it. There are far more convenient options for the same thing. But getting a VPN is a good idea if you also want to protect your privacy, conceal your IP address, and prevent websites from tracking your online activity.

Using a VPN can conceal your location and spending habits, giving advertising algorithms very little to work from. In most cases, this is enough to shut down adverts altogether, as they cannot accurately target you.

Some VPNs with good adblocking capabilities are:

NordVPN

Surfshark

ExpressVPN

CyberGhost

6. Use a YouTube Downloader App or Website

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One way to avoid YouTube ads is to avoid watching videos on YouTube in the first place. Multiple websites and applications on the internet can “rip” YouTube video streams and download the files to local storage. You can then watch these videos at your leisure and never worry about any advertising.

Some apps, such as 4K Video Downloader, can automatically download videos from channels you subscribe to and batch download playlist and channel content. However, downloading YouTube videos like this is against the company’s terms of service.

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