How to Stop Ads on YouTube

As you may have noticed there are lots of ads on YouTube nowadays. By far the most noticeable are the video ads that play before the video that you want to watch begins, but there are other ads such as overlay ads and banners that may appear as well.

If you’re tired of being exposed to so much advertising and wasting time watching ads that may not be skippable, the good news is that you can do something about it. In fact there are several ways that you can ‘stop’ ads on YouTube:

  • Subscribe to YouTube Premium

The most effective way to remove ads on YouTube is to subscribe to its Premium version (formerly known as YouTube Red). If you do all ads on any videos that you watch while signed in to your Google account on any device will be removed, on YouTube and its other associated sites including YouTube Gaming, Kids, Music, and Originals.

Unfortunately YouTube Premium isn’t available in all countries, and it costs about $12 per month.

  • Use websites that remove YouTube ads

While ethically questionable there are websites out there that will let you watch YouTube videos sans the ads. Most work in a similar fashion and you can use them to directly search for YouTube videos, or copy and paste the URL to a specific video that you want to watch.

  • Install ad blocking software

The most popular way to stop ads on YouTube right now is to install ad blocking software. The majority of such software consists of browser extensions that will effective block ads (including YouTube ads) while you’re using that browser.

Because it is browser-specific, you need to find an ad blocker for the browser that you’re using. On top of that on mobile devices your options will be very limited, and no browser extension can block ads on the YouTube app.

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Stop Ads on YouTube Using AdGuard

Unlike the ad blocking software discussed above, AdGuard operates very differently and is a system-level ad blocking software. That means that it will be installed on your device (and not just a specific browser) and can block ads everywhere – including any website, app or video game.

On your part all you need to do is download and install the right version of AdGuard for the platform that you’re using. It has versions currently available for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android – so you should be covered.

Once installed, AdGuard will get to work and immediately start to filter out ads. If you want to you can configure its filters manually and add rules of your own, whitelist websites, or adjust its settings in other ways.

Not only will AdGuard block video ads on YouTube, but it will also block all other types of advertising. Right now it is the only system-wide option that will let you block ads within the YouTube app on Android and iOS, as well as on the main website.

Aside from helping you to get rid of advertisements, AdGuard will also help to protect your privacy by shielding you from trackers, third-party cookies, and analytical systems. It will protect you from malicious websites that may try to use phishing and other methods to expose your system.

All in all it is safe to say that there is no other method as effective at stopping YouTube ads completely – on any device, platform, browser, or app. As soon as you try it out you’ll be able to see that for yourself.

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